All hunters understand that hunting public land for whitetails can be a hugely frustrating experience—too many hunters, too few deer, too much pressure, not enough good spots to hunt. Whining, though, will get you nowhere. Trust me, I can gripe with the best of them, however, I’ve also learned to use other hunters to help me shortcut my scouting efforts by simply being observant—if not a bit underhanded. If that black Toyota Tundra is parked in the same spot on Saturdays and Sundays two weeks in a row, you can surmise that its driver is more than likely on a decent buck. Unless I see some hair, blood, or other evidence of a kill near his parking spot, I’ve got no qualms about checking the spot out during midweek. I also pay close attention to the lack of hunting pressure on public lands that were formerly hotspots. If a hunk of heavily hunted public land seems suddenly devoid of vehicles, I’ll look elsewhere.