Scouting out potential hunting areas is a delicate and crucial part of deer hunting. One of the most important things to pay attention to when scouting is the time of year. I have learned through experience that the best times for scouting are early October through the end of November. These months are perfect for scouting because weather conditions are beginning to mimic the way they will be for the remainder of hunting season. Deer will begin falling into characteristic patterns that should persist until late January when the deer season ends. Therefore, this time allows a perfect opportunity to gain knowledge of the deer herds routines and habits.