Lessons Learned: The best scouting you can do is with your eyeballs and binocular; watch and pattern a buck for days, weeks or even years, however long it takes to get a shot at him. Most mature bucks have small home ranges. Many giants, like this 300-incher, live in core areas of only several hundred yards. Once you find a monster, keep your trap shut--the fewer hunters who know about him, the better. It may still be warm, but early bow season, when deer are still locked into summer bed-to-feed patterns, is second only to the rut as the best time to shoot a big boy. Study and come to recognize the bucks in a bachelors' group; if you see one of them, you know the others--maybe that huge shooter you've had your eye on--are nearby.