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How to Read Maps

Being able to read and understand maps is an essential piece of being a hunter. Without a map, how would you know where to go hunting? We have it pretty easy now where we all have maps built right into our phones, but we still need to know how to use them in order to hunt effectively. Whether you choose to use a paper map or a digital map there are a few key things you should know first. 

One of the first things you will need to decide is whether you are hunting public or private land. If you are hunting private, once you have the desired property marked on your map you won’t to worry too much to worry about. If you are hunting public land, you may have a lot of options to look over based on where you live. Most maps will have color coordinated land designation areas for public land. For example U.S. Forest Service land will most likely be colored green and Beauru of Land Management will be yellow. These are both public land agencies that are very popular for public land hunting in the Western half of the United States.

One of the most important things to understand on maps while hunting is land boundaries. If you are hunting private then you want to make sure you stay within the boundaries of the land you have permission on, and if you are hunting public you will want to make sure you don’t cross onto private land where you don’t have permission to be on. This is where digital maps come in handy. On most digital maps you can see where you are standing and how close you are to the boundaries. These are just a few tips to consider when you are mapping out your next hunt, be sure to check out our “How to Read Maps” video for more information!

Hopefully these tips will help you get out there and have a successful hunt this upcoming season!

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Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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