There’s nothing worse than scouting a great piece of property on a map in the fall and then going into hunt it and someone is already hunting the area you want to hunt. To help avoid that, I strongly recommend scouting in the spring for not only deer sign, but human sign as well. Pick some of these spots on a map and go give them a walk. Keep your eyes out for old treestands, pegs in a tree, trash, etc. Doing this in the spring won’t be perfect as people might be planning to hunt this certain area in the fall that haven’t before, but it can give you a solid idea at least if it is already being pounded. If you find a good piece that doesn’t appear to be actively hunted, don’t be afraid to mark a few trees with flagging tape or something similar to let others know someone is in the area.
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