Tagged Out? Late Season Digiscoping Opportunities Await

In the days and weeks following the Texas whitetail rut, I feel a lot of things. Among them are frustration, jubilation, and, well, fatigue. Whether I’ve taken a good buck or flat-out struck out in the Texas deer woods, I’m mentally and physically beat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still primed for the next jaunt to the tree stand. However, by this time, I’ve gone at it pretty hard, leaving many early mornings, field mistakes, and growing home chores in my wake. 

Finishing Strong in the Fourth Quarter

Even when tags have been filled, the home stretch of whitetail season is crucial to future hunting success. After weeks of hunting commutes, early morning treks to the tree stand, and inadequate rest, this is arguably as important a time as any in the whitetail woods. Let me give you an example.

During the 2020 season, there were a handful of target bucks that I chased. In most cases, I failed. However, late in the season, I continued my trips to a couple of hunting properties with my Phone Skope gear in my backpack. I hunted just as hard as I did during the rut, albeit without a weapon. It paid off. Why? In two instances, I was a firsthand witness to a couple of the mature bucks I had been pursuing.

The kicker was that neither buck showed up on any trail cams for the remainder of the season. Yet I had positive proof that these bucks would likely be roaming my hunting grounds in 2021 – and they did.

Active digiscope scouting also revealed promising younger bucks that had made the season. If you are a hardcore whitetail hunter, you know that such intel is a real coop.

No Substitute for Being in the Woods

Deer hunters know the value of boots-on-the-ground presence in the field. Digiscoping reveals area deer, as well as their patterns. It provides other benefits as well. For hunters, digiscoping requires that trips to the field be treated like actual hunts. After all, whitetails, elk, and other popular game animals are cagy critters. As such, proper concealment, scent control, cautious stalking, and good entry and exit routes are imperative. Tending to these details equates to smart hunting and the repetition keeps hunting skills sharp.

With only two weeks remaining in the season, digiscoping captured this promising buck for next season.

Actual presence on your hunting grounds also represents one-stop-shopping. The additional time out and about reveals more than the animals you hunt – it brings attention to other key information such as potential new stand locations and valuable sign. I can’t tell you how many times that late season digiscoping sessions lead to the discovery of the perfect tree for a future tree stand or, for that matter, a prominent game trail.

You can’t discover these gems from the couch. Digiscoping is arguably a gateway to learning.

Size Matters

This popular term certainly applies to digiscope scouting by way of a Phone Skope digiscoping kit.

For one, it makes for larger images and video of game animals and habitat features. The reverse of that is the fact that small size matters too  –  and a digiscoping kit can fit in the side pocket of about any hunting pack.

In fact, the biggest component is the customized phone case. It’s much easier than toting a rifle or bow. Just saying.


Simply put, whether your feet are moving across your favorite hunting digs or your butt is firmly sitting in a hunting blind or truck seat, digiscope scouting directly in outdoor spaces pays dividends.

It all starts with a small, lightweight Phone Skope adapter kit and the gumption to get in the truck and go. It yields much more value than panning through trail camera images in zombie-like fashion.

The bottom line? Not only does digiscoping magnify and capture useful images and video, it might just result in a slammer buck next fall. This, folks, is a win-win for any serious hunter.

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