Secrets to Scouting Before Deer Season with Mark Drury

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. 1:

I plant green fields with Mossy Oak BioLogic ( in areas where I have easy access with my truck to study the green fields, but I don’t plan to hunt them. I plant long narrow strips that are invisible from a public road. During the summer months, the wind direction in our section of the country often is a south wind, so I plant these strips where I either can walk in or drive in and scout them with a south wind. Then the deer won’t smell me. I plant two different types of green fields – observation fields that allow me to see the deer on the property during the summer months and hidey-holes that will hold deer, so I can hunt them there. The way you plant your green fields determines whether you’ll be able to scout successfully for deer season or not.

Scouting Deer
Scouting Deer

Be sure to check back for secret no. 2 next week.

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.