I use to think that odd-looking “TOPO” maps were just a waste of time. I mean, all I really cared about was finding the hottest sign and throwing up a stand somewhere nearby.
The concern over the lay of the land honestly didn’t mean much to me. Then something happened. After several fruitless seasons I came to the conclusion that something just wasn’t right. If it were as easy as finding fresh sign and waiting in ambush for the biggest buck in the woods to show up, I would have a wall full of antlers. But I didn’t. So, naturally I changed my approach in an effort to improve my plummeting success rate. Slowly, things began to turn around; simply by letting the terrain determine where I hung my stands.