Some of the best hunters I know, spend a great deal of time in the woods scouting their favorite areas to get an advantage when the fall hunting seasons come around. The set up trail cams, find the scrapes and rubs from the big bucks and bulls. When hunting season comes around, they know where they will have the best chance for success.
No, not the wrong forum. As many of you know, I spend a great deal of time on the rivers of Oregon and Washington in the fall and winter chasing Salmon and Steelhead. I really dont like fishing blind any more than my hunting buddies like going into a new area with no clue where they might find animals to hunt. So I do my own type of scouting. I like to go in the summer when the water is at its lowest to get aquainted with many of the rocks I will encounter later in the year. I'm going to give you a short example of what I mean.