Nebraska Scouting Trip

Wow! What a weekend. Driving 1,540 miles in 24 hours makes for two very worn out whitetail fanatics. My buddy, Mike and I spent the weekend driving out to Nebraska to scout, set up three hang-on tree stands, and put two trail cameras out on a 140 acre piece of private property we have permission to hunt this fall. We are planning on hunting there for six days in early November and by getting everything hung this weekend we gained an extra day of hunting come November.


If you listen to how the pros successfully harvest whitetails on a consistent basis, there is one thing they all have in common: scouting. I’ve heard hunters on various podcasts say they’d give up two days of hunting for one day of scouting. It’s just that valuable. We aren’t pros by any stretch of the imagination, but when we decided to do this out-of-state hunt we both agreed that a scouting trip was non-negotiable. Luckily my wife was on board with the idea. We also slept in a tent and brought all of our own food so the only real expense was gas.

Of that 140 acres there are roughly 5o acres of timber and the rest is corn. Deer sign was abundant but the timber was so thick that we had a difficult time finding more than one spot to hang a tree stand in the interior part of the timber. We did find some awesome bedding areas that a finger of the timber jutted into.  Some good trees for a climber were identified and a long finger of timber that runs along the Missouri River should be perfect for a more mobile setup with climbing sticks and a hang on. Most of the trees were very large in diameter to the point our ratchet straps barely fit around the trunk of the tree.


I first gained permission to hunt this farm back in 2010 while I was doing some environmental work with a dredging company. I wasn’t very far along in my hunting career at that time but knew it would be in my best interest to stay in touch with the land owner for a possible future hunting opportunity. In 2011 the farm flooded as it is located right on the banks of the Missouri River. In 2012 the farm was decimated by EHD. Prior to both of these events it wasn’t uncommon to see 50-100 deer per hunt. Fast forward to present day, the deer population isn’t quite what it used to be but the age structure should offer some nice bucks in the 3.5 to 4.5 year old range.

We’ve got three months until we head back. Luckily I have an archery elk hunt in six weeks to focus on. It’s getting to be that time of year so get out there and get your scouting and prep done. The 2016 hunting season will be here before you know it!

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