Trail cameras are an excellent way to survey the deer on your property, pattern them, and set a plan of attack. But what happens when you climb in your stand and simply don’t see that target buck? This happened to a good friend of mine for most of the 2009 archery season. He knew where the deer bedded down. He knew where it fed. He had solid stand locations, but the deer was a ghost. Our solution was low-tech — something anyone can do — we marked up his property map.

By drawing contamination circles around all the stands that had been hunted he was able to see routes the deer took to avoid hunters. On the last day of bow season he and a friend set up in the “gaps.” They each only saw one deer, but it was that three-year-old ten-point that had been avoiding them all season.

Check out previous episodes of DSI:

Introducing DSI: Deer Scene Investigation

DSI: A Spot-and-Stalk Whitetail Hunt

DSI: A Big Woods Buck

DSI: Evander, Tracy’s First Bow Buck

DSI Video Tip: The Worst Case Scenario