I've been reading a lot about calls, scents, and equipment, but not much about scouting. I haven't been able to get to the mountains nearly as much the last few years since I moved to the city to care for my disabled brother in law. So I can't scout the way I've done for thirty years. I'm a firm believer in finding out where the deer are going to be, and when they are going to be there. I still use all kinds of little tricks I've picked up over the years. Here's one of them. I always carry a spool of thread with me. I use it to "thread trails". I tie it about 18 inches off the ground between two trees. When a deer walks through it, it will break and follow his direction. I tie them all over the area and check them 2-3 times a day, early in the morning, mid day, and late evening. After awhile, you will see a pattern and be able to tell which trails they are using in the morning and which they use in the evening. When I go into a stand, I'll thread trails I pass along the way. As I come back out, I can check them and see if the deer went around me, and adjust my stand/plan. I also use it just before the rut to lay scent trails. I soak a spool in Tinks 69, and as I go into my stand. I tie it off to a tree/root/sapling, and play it out into a semi circle around my stand. Deer will follow it right to my shooting lanes. What kind of tricks do you guys use.