Next, scout with your eye in the sky: Google Earth. Maneuver around your chosen elk unit with this free mapping software and you'll see the mountaintops and rivers, the ridges and saddles. Look for secure areas at least 2 miles from roads and easy access points. Deep canyons and heavy timber provide the security elk treasure once the shooting starts. Open meadows, brush pockets, and grass meadows are feeding sites. Saddles are natural travel funnels. In early fall, cool north slopes are bedding and rutting areas, usually with ponds, mud holes, and wallows. Load maps onto your GPS or print them out. Make notes and plan your campsites, glassing positions, travel lanes, and ambush points.