Nothing beats boots on the ground when scouting a new, or even a familiar hunting area. Yet, you can do a little homework from your computer to make the most of those days you spend in the woods scouting. Scouting from your computer can be an effective tool for targeting specific areas of interest before you hit the woods. Best of all you can do it for free. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
Watch for more tips coming soon that will touch on specific features I look for when scouting using maps. For this week I just want to cover the tools I use and again these are all free websites anyone can use.
GMAP4 – https://mappingsupport.com
This is my first stop when looking at a new area. Choose from everything from multiple sourced topo maps to satellite imagery. This site is really an extension of google maps.
GMAP4 public boundary maps – https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4_recreation_maps.html
Another extension of GMAP4, this with public land boundaries for the following states:
Next week we will start looking at topo terrain features to look for. The first will be my favorite, “saddles”. Happy hunting. – Steve