Trust me i did not take that the wrong way, its actual a good question. We have over 6,000 acres we hunt on and that is the only feeder that is going. The feeder gives us a chances to to see what are bird numbers are and what we have to work with.
Here is a picture of the Merriam I shot up in Neb last weekend.
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...