Secrets to Scouting Before Deer Season with Mark Drury: Secret Number 2

By John E. Phillips

Bowhunting Deer - Mossy Oak Pros Know Bucks and Bows
Bowhunting Deer – Mossy Oak Pros Know Bucks and Bows
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USA -( Mark Drury of Osceola, Iowa, the founder of MAD Calls (, the co-owner of Drury Outdoor Productions ( with his brother Terry and an avid deer hunter, is a long-time Mossy Oak enthusiast.

Each year, Drury hunts in several states and consistently takes big bucks for his videos. But how does anyone take big bucks regularly? Drury explains how starting early and using new technology helps him find bucks, learn their haunts and habits and determine when and where he can expect to take one.

Secret No. 2:

I start hunting a buck in July when the buck’s antlers are just beginning to develop. Then, learn which green fields bucks are coming to, and which green fields the does prefer. Identify the trails the deer are using to come into green fields, and put motion-sensor cameras (I like Reconyx – along these trails to get pictures of the bucks. Then I know which green fields each buck is utilizing. This tactic cuts my scouting time because as I develop the pictures, I know which fields I’ll be hunting when deer season starts. I number my camera stations to know exactly which photos have been taken where. Trail-monitoring cameras enable a hunter to find big bucks, and to know where they’re moving quickly and easily and what time of the day or night they’re moving and how big the deer are. My trail cameras have taught me that the deer often don’t move much during the summer months. They generally move in the morning and the evening, just like they do during hunting season. Another interesting fact I’ve learned is that bucks tend to move more than does during the summer months. And when I’m scouting, I always wear Mossy Oak camouflage.

Bowhunting Deer
Bowhunting Deer

Check back next week for secret no. 3

To learn more of Mark Drury’s secrets for scouting before deer season check out Bowhunting Deer: Mossy Oak Pros Know Bucks and Bows, available in both eBook and print formats.

About the Author:

For the past 40+ years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a fulltime outdoor writer, traveling the world interviewing hunters, guides, outfitters and other outdoorsmen about how they hunt and fish. An award-winning author, John has been hunting and fishing since his kindergarten days.