Books, magazines (especially D&DH), and video are good learning aids, but NOTHING beats actual woods time.
Get in the woods as often as you can, all year around. Just because you can't SHOOT the deer doesn't mean that you can't hunt them. I scout pretty much all year. In fact, March (after the snow melts) is an excellent time to scout. Deer are still in their fall/winter patterns (which is what they are in the majority of the time you can legally shoot them), and cover that you will have in March is very simliar to what you will see in November. Rubs, scrapes, beds and trails are very obvious, and will give you a good head start on where to find them next fall, shy of a major habitat change in the area.
I combine my "off" season scouting trips with what I call "bowhikes". That's where I sling a quiver full of judo-tipped arrows over my shoulder, and grab my recurve for a scouting stroll where I also shoot at weeds, leaves, stumps, or whatever. I've gotten to the point where I enjoy this as much as the actual killing season. The other advantage of this, is that you get to shoot your bow under the actual conditions and maybe even the same locations where you will shoot at a deer that fall.
Ultimately, the woods is the best teacher you can ever have, as long as you are willing to be taught. I've been wandering in them for 50 of my 57 years, and I'm still learning!
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