Whitetails grow old anywhere they find food and shelter. In much of America, that means near subdivisions and strip malls. Hunting them in such close proximity to people requires a special set of skills.
Consistently encountering bucks in the suburbs requires the analytic talents of a surveyor, the people skills of a realtor, and the stealth of a ninja. But the place to start is with a bird’s-eye view of this intensively settled land, and with the ability to interpret habitat from a whitetail’s perspective.
Suburban bucks often spend their days in pockets of cover, and they use familiar routes to access food (often a homeowner’s landscaping). Because the small, densely populated tracts of the suburbs don’t give hunters the ability to effectively scout properties or hang trail cameras, use Google Earth (or whichever mapping option you prefer) to look for travel corridors, bedding areas, and sanctuaries. You’ll still have to get access, but this satellite view will give you a targeted approach to finding quality suburban hotspots.