So how much time do you put into scouting for deer or elk pre-season and how many days to you dedicate to the season? I put out trail cameras (usually 3 or 4 depending) from June on and check them about every three weeks and move them if necessary. Come the season I take the whole 12 / 13 days off. Last year I saw over 60 deer which included 6 bucks and I harvested a dink. I hit a real nice mature fork the previous year but was unable to recover after tracking that night and the next morning. The previous year I missed a dink clean. As a side note, when i hit and was unable to recover I tore my tag and considered it used then headed home even 3 days remained... since the buck may or may not have survived. So how much effort do you put in and how has it paid off?