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Scouting Your Trapline with Google Earth
Pinch Points: These are areas where terrain features naturally narrow down avenues of travel, such as a piece of woods that narrows down to a bottle-neck, or a narrow point between the edge of a field and a stream.
Transition Areas: Where woods borders a field, or steep terrain transitions into a flat area.
Natural Barriers: Roads, streams, fences and other such features will often dictate travel routes for animals. Pay particular attention to where these kinds of features intersect, or where they will naturally funnel animal traffic.
Outstanding Features: Rock piles, sand pits, high points, old structures, lone trees, etc. These kinds of features will often be a magnet for curious critters. Google Earth provides enough detail to see such outstanding features in any area.
With Fall nearly here it's time to start scouting and planning ahead. By scanning your areas ahead of time with Google Earth you can strategize your scouting and save yourself a lot of legwork. You can download it free at this link. I think you'll agree that this a great tool for planning your line!
Good luck and God bless.
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