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Buckmaster’s Tip: Aerial Photos Are a Hunter’s Best Friend

February 22nd, 2007

When hunting or scouting a piece of property, an aerial photo is your best friend.  Aerial photos are available from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for as little as $10. And the internet makes it easy to get aerial photos for your hunting area. Just go to the USGS site (http://mapping.usgs.gov/) and you’ll find all the information you need to buy them. And there are many other sites out there that offer mapping services.

An aerial photo shows the relationship between fields, creeks, hardwoods, bottlenecks, clear-cuts, fencelines and ponds. Look for dense cover (where the deer are more likely to bed), food sources, and the transition zones between feeding and bedding areas.

The photo will tell you compass directions, and you can mark stand locations, deer trails, and the best approaches to the stands.

When planning a hunt, look at the weather forecast and then plan your attack by using the aerial photo. You have to have the wind in your favor.  Wind direction is the single most critical aspect of deer hunting, and your aerial photo will tell you which stand will be best to hunt on a given day, and it will help you determine the best route in to your stand.

 

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