Scouting Properties

– Scouting Properties –

(2017 scouting properties testimonials at bottom of page)

An avid hunter can spend hundreds to thousands of dollars each year on a hunting related vehicle, quad, gas, and hunting equipment, and will spend at least a couple hundred hours of time scouting, preparing locations, and hunting. Why, because like me, it’s their passion?

Many hunters get motion pictures or know of big bucks on the property they hunt, yet fail to hang a tag on them. Are you one of those hunters?

Proper; scouting, location preparation, scent control, entry and exit routes, knowing when and where to do what, having a seasonal and daily plan of attack and many other detailed aspects of hunting are the foundations for consistent success.

Whether you hunt public land, free permission, family owned, leased or managed properties; let John scout the property for site locations and have him create a strategic plan to make you a serious threat to any buck on the property. After all, over his 54 seasons he’s scouted 17 different parcels of public land and several dozen free permission properties in Michigan and has taken fifty eight 2 1/2 year old and older bucks from them with 31 of them making the Michigan record book. John’s has also scouted 16 properties on his 22 out of state trips to 5 different states and has taken 19 P&Y bucks on those trips.

A full day of scouting would consist of;  scouting for new locations, assessing your current locations and how their prepared, proper location preparation of tree, shooting lanes and entry and exit routes, assessing the property your hunting and the surrounding areas hunting pressure and how it may affect where on the property and how you need to hunt, teaching a total scent control regiment, showing tools used for location preparation, discussing daily and seasonal hunting strategies and techniques, scouting bedding areas, discussing if and where to use motion cameras, locating natural food sources, locating any primary scrape areas, discussing how when and under what circumstances to use fake tactics (calls and decoys), importance of being patient, and every other topic imaginable that has to do with aiding you in capitalizing on your opportunities by putting punched tags on mature bucks. And if you bait, John’s goal would be to ween you from it.

John has the experience and knowledge to show you how to utilize whatever property you have access to, to its fullest potential and will welcome questions as he feels there is no hunting situation he hasn’t dealt with during the 54 seasons he’s been bow and gun hunting in the most heavily pressured state in the country.

Act now and contact John to discuss your personal hunting situation.

After speaking with many workshop attendees I’ve made the difficult decision to not scout any properties unless the person or persons have attended a 2-day in-field/classroom whitetail workshop. I don’t want to put my credibility on the line by scouting and suggesting locations only to; have the locations be improperly prepared, be hunted at the wrong times of day and season, be improperly entered and or exited, and the many other details that are conducive to success. I also want to assure that whether or not the person or persons take advantage of it, they at least have the knowledge to incorporate a proper scent control regimen as that is a huge part of being consistently successful.

I hope this doesn’t come across as being egotistical, but to be consistently successful at taking mature bucks in heavily pressured areas requires a lot of things to be performed and done correctly and just walking a property and picking out locations and then leaving and assuming there being prepared and hunted correctly doesn’t sit well with me.

A location may have the best mature buck sign in the world at it, but if it’s prepared and or hunted incorrectly, its potential is immediately compromised and I am not willing for my reputation to take a viral social media hit by someone stating my advice was wrong when in reality they didn’t know how to take advantage of the advice.

The bowhunter’s that attended my workshops did very well last season and I’ve been told in testimonials, over the phone and via emails that seeing how;  my locations were prepared, my entries and exits were planned out,  I use daily and seasonal timing, a proper scent control regimen is acquired, and much more, aided in their success.

2018 Scouting costs and Eberhart Whitetail Workshop dates and costs:

Scouting properties costs will be done on a case by case basis with the base cost being $1,000 per day. Issues influencing additional costs will be travel days, flights or driving distance, overnight stays and the amount of hunters that attend. Please call John for details on scouting properties.

Weekend Workshops will be held near Edmore Michigan and the projected 2018 dates will be; April 14/15, April 28/29, and May 12/13. Click on the Workshop link at the top of the home page to access the workshop attendee information sheet which has all the pertinent travel and hotel information.

  • Each 2 day in-field/classroom Workshop event will cost $600
  • Lodging and meals not included

If attending a workshop please put the weekend dates you will be attending in the memo portion of the check or on a separate note and make check payable to and send to:

John Eberhart
1219 Queensway Dr.
Weidman, Mi. 48893

Call John in evenings or on weekends at 989-644-6067 or e-mail John at to schedule an available event date or to ask him workshop or scouting related questions.

Payments are non-refundable but John will be happy to re-schedule on a future date.


2017 Scouting properties testimonials

Spending an entire day in the woods with John was a huge eye opener for me to say the least. I have spent years hunting public ground with limited success and after spending time with John while scouting public land, it was evident why. Not only is John going to show you how he looks at scouting an area and picking out a tree, he is going to make sure you understand the who, when, where and why. Spending the time in the woods with him makes all the difference in the world. I now have confidence that I can show up to any piece of public or private land and know what to do. I will definitely be doing this again with John.

Ken Scicluna



Thanks again for taking the time to scout Michigan public land with me. I learned so much and had a great time! Though nothing replaces experience, I believe strongly that education is vastly superior to equipment and gleaning off of your experience shed a new light on the heavily pressured situation I am in.

I had previously found your books, articles, DVDs and interviews helpful, but they are nothing like being involved in an actual situation, discussing the how’s and whys, dos and don’ts, of different real-world hunting scenarios. I have gained some immensely helpful tools to set me up for success, not only this season, but in all seasons to come. I highly recommend this for anyone who is serious about hunting deer, especially if they’re hunting on some of the most pressured public land in the country.

Thanks again!

Gabe Forster