It takes motivation and dedication to scout in Florida in July and August. Armed with enough water, insect repellent and snake boots, it's really not so bad...if you are accustomed to walking around dripping in sweat.
The rewards are many, and the effort will provide your best opportunity for success, especially on public lands.
Here in the Big Bend region of Florida, everything is growing rapidly. The gators, snakes deer, turkey and especially the insects are all doing very well this time of year. Both the animals caught on camera and their habitat seem to be doing well given the abundant food, enough rain and no man made pressures.
Our typical scouting takes place from early July right up to the start of archery season in September and included aerial, on the ground and game camera scouting. Our goals are to find deer and of course hogs, and to log GPS coordinates for promising setups.
When a funnel, edge or burned / cutover area is found the next steps are to set up a game camera, identify trees to climb and routes that will get us in with the wind in our favor and in the dark.
I also recommend taking a camera preferably equipped with GPS so you photos will be tagged with the coordinates off where they were taken. Finally, take your time, look and listen with appreciation.