We hunt about 60 miles from home. There are a lot of big fields (beans, cotton, corn). So scouting before bow season is pretty easy. during the summer we can generally run down there before we run out of light and glass some fields and see where they are moving. We check them everytime we go down there, whether we are fishing, camping, whatever.
If I lived 200 miles away Id probably try to go up for a weekend every now and again during the summer to try to get some patterns down. This is assuming you are bowhunting. If you gun hunt do it a little later. I think two mornings and evenings of scouting at a time would give you a better picture of whats going on than a tough 400 mile haul round trip in a day. Good luck.
[This message has been edited by CD1 (edited September 28, 2000).]