Map It Out
A combination of maps is crucial, including public-land, topographical, and portable maps that can be carried via a GPS unit or embedded on a smartphone (see "Mapping Systems" sidebar). Maps, combined with online satellite images, aid you in pinpointing likely hunting locations. When possible, scout them yourself. Look for past rutting sign such as rubs and wallows. Hunt for possible ambush locations, including saddles, constricted canyons, and creek corridors.