Some farms don’t lend themselves well to drive-by scouting. Here, I study aerial photos for openings (ag fields, food plots, prairie, or clear-cuts), and then hit their edges on foot at midday. In a couple of hours of hard walking, I can usually find sign that reveals the status of the rut without having to penetrate any bedding or security cover. I’m looking for scrapes that have clearly been worked within days, and rubs that scream fresh! The jackpot is any large cluster of brand-new spoor. When bucks are really working an area hard, they’ll make multiple rubs and scrapes in a relatively small zone. It’s like they know this is where the doe-getting is going to be good, and they’re just blowing off steam until that happens. When I find such a spot, I hang a stand immediately and sit that afternoon.