ExpertGPS Hunting Maps Lead to Trophy Deer
Kirk Kitchens found the perfect hunting spot - without leaving his computer!
When deer season opened in Missouri, Kirk Kitchens was ready - with a prime hunting spot he'd scouted using ExpertGPS from his home computer back in Mississippi!
Kirk harvested a monster buck - on land he'd never set foot on before.
Learn how he did it below!
Every year ExpertGPS users send in photos of their successful harvests, trophy bucks and gobblers taken during the opening hours of hunting season. Using ExpertGPS in the off-season, they've pored over topo maps and aerial photos of their hunting leases and Game Management Areas, identifying ridges, drainages, and natural funnels. They've thoroughly scouted promising areas, marking potential tree stand and game camera locations as waypoints to send to their Garmin or Lowrance GPS receivers. They've printed maps to take with them on scouting trips, and they make the most of their time in the field by marking or photographing rub lines, scrapes, food plots and bedding areas. Back home, ExpertGPS automatically puts their waypoints and photos right on the map for instant reference. When opening day finally rolls around, they know the woods better than the deer do.
Kirk Kitchens shares the secrets of his deer hunting success
I use ExpertGPS for everything from vacationing in NYC to geocaching, and even in my business for job locations, but trophy deer hunting is the number one use.
ExpertGPS allows me to scout hunting spots from the comfort of my home, and around my busy schedule. It literally saves me hundreds of hours of walking and looking to find good hunting locations.
Opening morning of the 2001 Missouri deer season found me walking to a hunting spot that I had never stepped foot on, but had scouted extensively. Two hours later I was looking at the buck of my dreams. I harvested this massive 24" 10 point, and I feel that I owe a large part of my success to Dan and the guys at ExpertGPS.
Here is how I hunt with ExpertGPS:
- First I find the area I want to hunt using that state's downloadable waypoints. This gets me close.
- I then open topo maps to find the particular piece of land I can hunt.
- At this point, I use the aerial and topo maps to look for funnel type areas where deer are naturally necked down when moving from one area to another.
- Now, I just mark a waypoint at the best looking place and download it to my GPS. I even make a route of the best way to walk in.
The good thing about this technique, is that it doesn't matter if you're scouting your home town, or five states away. You'll have the confidence of knowing that you're hunting a good spot.
To Dan and the guys at ExpertGPS - Thanks and keep up the good work.
New features were added to ExpertGPS on January 3, 2017
ExpertGPS runs on Windows 10, 8.1, and 7.