You really know you have an archery problem when in the heat of July in Florida you are motivated enough to go scouting and worse when the first animal you see is a large rattlesnake and you’re excited about it……and when that snake is looking at you and exhibiting behavior best described as cool indifference to a couple foolish humans interrupting his travels with an attitude of..... come a little closer if you would like a high speed trip to the nearest emergency room.
Our next stop was at a small creek crossing that we wanted to scout. With water, bug spray, camera, and a GPS device we set off. Douglas had scouted this area over the winter and relayed how promising it looked.
Our general goals when scouting are:
Scouting at it’s most basic is about finding areas that look promising then determining the best ways to get in and out of those areas. On public land that is is often challenging and you need multiple potential set-ups in multiple areas for when hunting pressure increases and deer may be pushed into deeper locations.