Have you been out scouting for the BIG HUNT this fall? How/where do you scout? How close to the hunt time do you scout? I tend to go out the two weekends before the season to look for deer. In our high desert mountains the feed and water conditions can mean drastic changes from year to year in the deer populations and habits. We are currently in the 5th year of a drought that has things pretty tough on the deer and the hunters. Scouting is all important in these conditions. Fires have also changed the migration patterns of the Mule Deer. Mule deer tend to move around quite a bit, making them a bit difficult to scout out on our vast public lands. They are a bit easier to predict if near cultivated areas, however. Got any tips for the rest of us???