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never could make that much sense of Topo Maps that the hunting articles
always told me to get. But, early in my hunting career I realized maps
were an asset to my scouting and planning. I began with hand drawn maps
and graduated to Topo maps. They were definitely an improvement over the
hand drawn maps, at least the Topo maps were accurate. For years I marked
them up with deer sightings and my notes. Then one day I saw a Map Store
in a small shopping center and went in. I spotted an Aerial Map on the
wall. I quickly found out that they were for purchase (inexpensively too)
and you could get one for anywhere in the USA. The larger they were the
more expensive they were but larger was good because you could see the
However, that's not
what we are going to talk about today. This is the computer age, and believe
me, "we got maps" now, right there on your computer! On-line maps taken
from satellites, no less. Maps that you can use to look over your hunting
area. It's a project called Terraserver and it is spearheaded by Microsoft.
How Much Are These
Heck, they are free
to view, and depending on the source of the map it is probably free to
Download too. In fact the rural areas I checked were all free, as were
the small towns, but the cities were for purchase. The determining factor
depends on whether the image originates with USGS or SPIN-2. The USGS maps
are free to Download and the SPIN-2 maps cost by size: Large are
$24.95 (2.7 x 3.0 miles), Medium is $13.95 (1.9 x 2.1 miles), and Small
$7.95 (0.9 x 1.0 miles) and you can purchase them right from the site.
But, like I said, your hunting spot is probably a free map, because it's
probably not in a city. And, you can look at your map online, free, all
you want, anytime, at their web site.
What does one
of these maps look like?
The first map you
see looks like this. It is an aerial view that takes in several miles.
But how am I
going to find my hunting spot from that little map up there?(and
I sure can't see my house on this map).
The Terraserver maps
have arrows at the top, sides and every corner so you can move in any direction.
Find the road that goes to your hunting area and click along until you
see it. Then use the "+" button to zoom right on in . Above the "+" button
you will see 3 buttons that say S M L. They give you the options of viewing
a Small, Medium or Large map. The Scale bar on the L map is 1 1/4
inches long and that is 100 yards. So you are getting in pretty tight.
Now, lets go to
the web site for the Maps on your computer and find your map.
They are at the
Terraserver web site at http://terraserver.com but here's the link that
cuts right to the chase,
A City Here. Type the closest city or town to your hunting location
in "Place Name" (Name of the City), "State or Province", and "Country".
Click on the "GO" button for this information. (There are 3 GO buttons
on the page, but the other two are for latitude and longitude and decimal
longitude and latitude.) You will then see a list of links of maps for
the town, sometimes there is only one but there may be more. Then follow
the road to the area you hunt.
If you have any questions
about the Terraserver web site they have an informative FAQ
page available from the link named "About Terraserver" at the top of
Yea, but ...
I'd still rather have a Topo Map.
Ok, no problem,
from any map you have a choice of the following map formats. The Map Size
section also has links for other Map Formats, select from:
Left: Topo Map - Right Relief
2. Topo map
3. Relief map
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