Here’s a quick tip that holds some real value when scouting for waterfowl, it’s all about taking the next step that most do not.
We call it Putting It To Bed
, once you find your field or water hole make sure you watch it until dark or when they go back to the water. There are so many factors that can make a good hunt go south and if you’re not there to watch for them, your time scouting might be for not.
Most times when you find a hunt location you watch a brief moment then move on looking for a better. BUT if you don’t go back to your “A” field quickly and put it to bed you’re running some serious high risk.
Often we have seen fields lit on fire, anhydrous tanks move in, coyotes running the flocks, eagles harassing the birds, or even other hunters glassing too long and blowing the field.
When we’re putting our fields to bed and see anything that disturbs the birds we automatically turn to our “B” field and keep a close eye on the “A” field for another day. It happens more often than you know.
Don’t be greedy by gambling, turn the truck off and use your whitetail patience to ensure you have a great next hunt.