2. MAPS AND MORE MAPS
The second step is learning the lay of the land. Topographical maps, aerial photographs, road maps and plenty of shoe leather will put you on intimate terms with your whitetail hot spot before the season opener. It's a good idea to first use a topo map to locate natural features that may promote deer travel, such as steep ravines, ridges, saddles, swamps and large bodies of water. Then check them out for deer sign personally.