Proline i like that you start scouting 1/1/11 you are wasting time on future stand sites in winter it all changes in the winter woods. I am like you im am relenetless in my persuits but instead of stand sites im on the hoof jumping the bucks and let them take me to every escape route and hidding place they know and i will store all information and year after year its the same i have been hunting for over 20 years and have the trophies to prove it is a tactic thats pays off but the amount of hours you need to spend chasin is rediculous and i will often find the antlers of the deer i have been chasin.....which is the next key to sucess find the headgear...In March when im done chasin its gores right to horn huntin i think thats the next best thing to killin them...Shed huntin is the info to what you have to hunt. I have over 200 shed antlers that are 100% wild found on the forest floor In Mass and Conn and have killed many deer that i have there earlier sheds...thats cool stuff! i have takin two nice deer this year including a piebal who was 3 and been watchin him since he was a fawn also a 161lb 8 point not a gaint i bet he was one of the ones i was chasin last year. in the snow it pays off and before this season is over i will hope to fill my muzzle loader buck tag ....thats the plan....Hunt hard!!!!!! i NEED SOME SNOW!!!!
I taught myself how to deer hunt back in the early 90's. It didnt take me long to learn that scouting is the ticket to success. In fact the 2nd best season of the year is fast approaching, SCOUTING season starts 1/1/11 for the 2011 season. I burn boot leather until the leaves re-emerge and constantly look for new stand sites. I dont mean just walking around the woods looking at sign. Find hot spots and figure out why the deer use them and when. Find white oaks and you will know where you may start next Oct. Read books. Find the pinch points. Find the spots in the woods where different types of cover come together. But in my opinion, the absolute best thing a rookie can do is hunt where there are deer and study them everytime on stand. NY, CT, and NJ have very healthy deer numbers and you can hunt these states without investing alot of $.