By Shawn Wirick
OLD FRIENDS, NEW STORIES
Before the start of the 2013 season arrived this year, I had made up my mind that I was going to change my strategy on how I scout my hunting property. In the past, I spent too much time in
the area scouting, searching for sign or looking for stand locations.
This year was different. I was limiting my scouting to one or two nights a week watching the fields with binoculars from a distance and only went on the edges of the hunting area once or twice to hang stands. Trying to avoid known bedding and travel areas and not alert deer.
Season had finally arrived and I was pretty excited for myself and my sons to get in the woods.
We had seen a few shooter bucks in the area and I new they were still on summer feeding schedule. So we limited our trips to evening only to try and catch deer heading to feed. I got to hunt with my son a couple times in the first week of season and even had an encounter with two of the bucks we knew were on the farm but just couldn't get them close enough for a shot.