All this tech stuff makes me wonder how we did it 40 years ago when all we had was some topo maps and a compass.
I've always wondered how my grandpa and great grandpa did it, I've seen pic of some of the monster they used to shoot year after year.
They and I did it by a lot of leg work. If you went into an area that you didn't know you would start in July and start hiking the country. You would watch the birds and bees to find water holes or seeps and then you would mark then on your maps. That and along with watching the animals so that you could pattern them. Then once you knew an area you would hit it hard. You would be on the mountain a couple of hours before sunlight and you didn't come down until after dark.
On Google Earth, you can move the time bar to get pictures of past images. I also had problems with the changes in the season on images while following roads then all of a sudden you have snow covered images and could no longer see the road. Click on the time icon at the top, and a bar will appear on the screen. Slide the bar to the left, 1 notch at a time and the images will change and give you the date of the image. The farther back you go the worse the image gets. 1 click back took me to Aug.2009 which was a lot better image with no clouds or snow.
No problem, glad I could help. Been researching unit 40 for several months and stumbled into to that time feature. Google Earth is helping me a lot since that unit is mostly private land and BLM. Will be there in less than 5 weeks. My partner and I have the entire archery season to hunt since we are both retired.
I've never used it before, so I guess i should "get with the program" and check it out at least. I don't hunt new areas all that often after all these years, but my buddy did get drawn for deer this year to a unit we have only been in once before and were just at a group camp, not even hunting.
Guess I'll take a peek to see what kind of questions I might have, thanks.
Ask and you shall receive. I gave a couple of tips in the tip forum, check them out if you get a chance, especially on finding water. I atleast do one look a day at the area we hunt and I am amazed at how many times I find water holes that are not listed on any maps. Have you ever hunted an area and wondered whats over the next ridge? Well now you can find out if you gave up while the boots are on the ground.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...