If your a seasoned deer hunter and have spent alot of time in the woods then you realize the importance scouting play's into the actual hunt. I have learned over the years the best advice to give someone who is a new hunter is to slow down while you are in the woods. If you go out on a scouting trip don't spend so much time rushing through the woods and looking for the ovious sign. SLOW down Way down and really look over and around you as you move to and away from your stand. LOOK at the BIG picture when I say that I mean try and figuer out why the deer would be moving down that trail. Many times the answere is as simple as where the food and cover is and many times its different reasons that will make the deer move in a certain direction. Hunting pressure and the need for food and water are three of the biggest things that will make deer move other than the insticted to breed. Post season scouting is where you will make your money for the next season, deer are creatures of habit. If you try and scout an area just before the season or during the summer you might be saddly disapointed as you sit on the stand for hours on end wondering why the deer arnt showing them selfs. I have heard many hunters complain the deer arent moving and stating that "I watched them all summer and now they arent here" or the old stand by "The deer are moving at night". THE DEER HAVE CHANGED THIER PATTERN the deer are still around they just arent going to be where you see them in the spring and summer in the fall hunting season. If you scout post season and spend the time in the woods during and after the season you will soon notice what and where the deer are going and coming from.