Preparation and Packing Up
Don't forget your maps!
- Roads, trails & access to your hunting area
- Sources of potential water, food & cover for wildlife
- Barriers to cross while hunting
- Barriers to wildlife(which can be used to your advantage)
- Terrain to prepare for
- Potential campsites
- Likely travel routes for wildlife
- Public and private lands
Use your topographic (topo) map & graph paper to plot an altitude chart. Then you can "see" the type of climbs you face.
Maps are helpful in all phases of pre-scouting, to determine your needs in preparation for the hunt.
Remember that topo maps use gradient lines to show the contours of the landscape. The closer the lines, the steeper the slope.
Refer to Pre-scouting, to learn how to read a topographic map.