Earlier this week we saw how one hunter made a map to understand buck movement on his property. By drawing contamination circles around all the stands he hunted, and highlighting his paths of approach, he was able to see gaps that the deer moved through.

Map making can help the small-parcel public land hunter as much as the large property owner. Maps should track the routes people travel into the woods and the spots they hunt.

Food sources, such as oak flats and apple trees, should be noted, as well as likely bedding cover. If you’re tech savvy, programs like Google Earth and services like Terra Server can help you build these maps on your computer. If you’re more old school, a printed map, clear transparencies and magic markers can accomplish the same thing.

The better your information, the better your hunt. Map making is just one more way to increase your edge this fall.

Check out previous episodes of DSI:

Introducing DSI: Deer Scene Investigation

DSI: A Spot-and-Stalk Whitetail Hunt

DSI: A Big Woods Buck

DSI: Evander, Tracy’s First Bow Buck

DSI Video Tip: The Worst Case Scenario

DSI: The Contamination Buck