Annual To Do List

This checklist is meant to be a guide for accomplishing everything necessary both in and out of season.M2E29L94-94R387B306

To Do List 


  • Find New Hunting Areas: Public and Private Lands
  • Practice Shooting
  • Manage Mineral Areas: Trophy Rock, Mineral Blocks, Salt, Attractants
  • Improve Entry-Exit Trails and Water Holes
  • Add Mock Scrapes and Rubbing Trees/Posts to Stand Locations
  • Network with Knowledgeable Hunting Experts
  • Plan to Hunt on Moon Chart, Cold Front, and Peak Rut Days – Set Up in Calendar
  • Read Internet Articles, Books, Magazines on Anything Whitetail Related
  • Review & Organize Trail Camera Pictures, Hunting Maps, Hunting Notes and Prepare New Folders, Maps, and Note Document
  • Manage Trail Camera Pack: Scent Spray, Extra Camera, Extra Batteries, Trimmers, Gloves, Scent Lure

Pre-Season (May – September)

  • Buy Tags In and Out of State and Any Needed Supplies
  • Set Up Stands, Shooting Lanes, Conceal Stands
  • Prep Entry and Exit Trails to Stands
  • Prep-Plant Food Plots
    • Soil Tests (April-May)
    • Spray Plots (A Few Weeks Before Tilling)
    • Mow Plots (As Needed)
    • Till Plots (April-May for Spring Plots, May-Early July for Ag Crops, August-September for Fall Plots)
    • Fertilize and Plant Seed (April-May for Spring Plots, May-Early July for Ag Crops, August-September for Fall Plots)
  • Place Camera’s on Minerals, Scrapes, Food Sources, and Travel Routes
  • Scout Fields with Spotting Scope and Binoculars
  • Manage Food Sources, Mineral Sites, and Feeders (Get Beets and gather Apples/Pears/Acorns)
  • Create Mock Scrapes, Use Tarsal Gland or Urine Scents
  • Create Mock Rubs
  • Talk with Hunting Buddies Regarding Hunting Plans and Get Permission on Needed Properties
  • Get Tracking Permissions From Neighbors
  • Check Gear and Wash Clothes Prior to Season

In-Season (October – January: Each State is Different)

  • Harvest 120″ Buck or Better
  • Harvest 2 Does
  • Keep and Freeze Glands from Deer
  • Oct. 25 – Nov. 25: Hunt the Hardest during this Time, this Period Covers most of the Pre-Rut and likely the Entire Rut
  • Manage Food Sources, Feeders, and Mineral Sites
  • Manage Trail Cameras
    • Red Flash Cameras Work Best over Food/Mineral Sources and Should Be Placed 8″ or Higher
    • Early Season: Food Sources, Scrapes, Rubs, Travel Routes
    • Rut: Pinch Points, Travel Routes, Scrapes, Near Tree Stands
    • Post-Rut: Food Sources, Travel Routes, Scrapes, Near Tree Stands
  • Maintain Trail Camera Picture Library, and Hunting Notes
  • Maintain Mock Scrapes, Collect Scrape Deer
  • View Lunar Charts, Weather Reports, and Study Rutting Trends to Know When It’s Time to Hunt Hard
  • Get Fresh Pine Branches, Cedar Blocks, and Leaves for Hunting Clothes Tub; Hang Clothes Outside when Possible, Keep Scent Lok Gear Activated

Post-Season (January – April)

  • Find Additional Hunting Properties: Public and Private Land
  • Drop Unneeded Trees for Deer to Browse
  • Trap predators
  • Shed Hunt
  • Find Deer Beds (Buck Beds), Scrapes, Rubs, and Travel Routes, and Update Info on Hunting Maps
  • Make Shooting Lanes, Plan and Prep Possible Stand Sites for Next Season
  • Clear Areas for Food Plots, Work on Road, and Access Trails
  • Collect Deer Urine in Snow
  • Herd Health Review and Statistical Review, Publish Findings
  • Clean and Store Gear


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