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Desktop scouting: Mapping a trophy buck

For a hunter's next big-deer opportunity, topographic-map and aerial-photo study can help lead the way.

Updated: October 25, 2005, 12:51 PM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPNOutdoors.com associate editor — Oct. 25, 2005

On the ground, it may not have looked like much.

But from the air — or more appropriately, from an aerial photo — it looked like whitetail gold.

That's an appropriate way to describe the primo stand location Texas bowhunter Gary Kinard discovered on a Coleman County hunting property several years back after taking a look at such a photographic map.

"That place had about a 40-acre wheat field and it had a big mesquite thicket next to it," Kinard said. "The deer would ...

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