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Old 05-12-2010, 10:10 AM
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i was just curious how many people use topographic maps to help them locate deer in their areas. i have heard that they provide hunters clues where deer might be, but what do you look for in a topo map that will hint that deer might be located in a certain area? any input would be great guys, thanks in advance
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:23 PM
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Features of the terrain, you can identify ridge lines, funnels, choke points, water, possible bedding areas, etc.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by hunting-addict View Post
i was just curious how many people use topographic maps to help them locate deer in their areas. i have heard that they provide hunters clues where deer might be, but what do you look for in a topo map that will hint that deer might be located in a certain area? any input would be great guys, thanks in advance
I'm surprised that this day and age that hunters even use topo's, what with the GPS cheat. I still use my 8 digit co-ordinates, I love the challenge, and keeping the skeeeellls sharp! Reminds of the time that I was sending newbies down the commo shop for spools of "contour" line.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:25 PM
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There is no gps cheat. They do not replace a map and compass. A map shows you terrain, water, valleys, funnels, ridgelines...
Five minutes with a map and you know more than two days random wandering- not that you dont need to hoof it. It lets you plan your hoofing. I do use a gps for plotting stand sites, distances, etc. but it is no where near as helpful or versatile as a map and compass...especially once the batteries die, or it doesnt triangulate due to steep terrain or tree cover.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:47 PM
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There is no gps cheat. They do not replace a map and compass. A map shows you terrain, water, valleys, funnels, ridgelines...
Five minutes with a map and you know more than two days random wandering- not that you dont need to hoof it. It lets you plan your hoofing. I do use a gps for plotting stand sites, distances, etc. but it is no where near as helpful or versatile as a map and compass...especially once the batteries die, or it doesnt triangulate due to steep terrain or tree cover.
I have never used a GPS outside the military, learned my skills "before" the GPS was introduced to the military.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:52 PM
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Absolutely I use them! Along with corresponding aerial photos and groundpounding. I've found each one adds unique information that the others don't and all are equally invaluable.

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Old 05-12-2010, 05:25 PM
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I have recently been using google earth. it sure gives a good luck and perspective to allow me to know where I am going to be heading and what I really want to see.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:12 PM
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Definitely use topo and arial photographs both to "scout". Carry both , plus compass, and GPS.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:32 PM
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Topo map and compass are a regular part of my hunting gear.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:47 PM
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I guess I will have to explain this. I realize there are some who have very keen and cultured "skills" but it seems something is being overlooked.

A GPS is a great tool, fine indeed. But what a GPS can't do is show you a good, large chunk of land all at once and let you see how the lay of the land actually is and how it works together.

Try to do that with a 3" X 3" screen.
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