Just curious as to how many people actually use your computer to scout different hunting areas. I use my GPS and Google Earth to help me better understand the layout of areas I hunt. First, I use a good old fashioned paper National Forest or BLM map to determine a few good areas of public land that I would like to scout. Then I will look at the roads and trails in the area to determine all the possible access points to that area. I am looking for an area that I think most guys wouldn't be able to get to on a day hunt - maybe it is deep in the mountains of the National Forest, or maybe it is right next to some private land at the base of a mountain. I am just looking for some place that most people wouldn't go (in my experience on public land, these areas of low pressure are where some good numbers of game can be found) Then I check out the satellite imagery of the area in Google Earth (GE) to find meadows, water sources, etc. Mark some waypoints of areas I might like to check out. Then I'll layout the path I would like to travel to access the area, either using GE or Garmin's MapSource (MS) with a topo map to help determine the easiest route. Send these tracks and waypoints to my GPS and I hit the hills. While I'm out I mark waypoints of rubs, water, good lookouts, etc. Log my track on my GPS. Maybe Geotag some photos of rubs and lookouts (Garmin Oregon 550 can mark a waypoint for each photo you take so you have an image to describe your waypoint rather than WLW2 or Rub13. Then I bring that all back to the computer and transfer tracks and waypoints using MapSource. Now I can view where I walked and the waypoints I marked on the topo map in MS. I also view those tracks and waypoints on the 3D satellite imagery in Google Earth. This really helps me get a feel for what was over the next ridge or what features might be around the corner. It can also give me insight as to how game are moving through the area. Now I have a really good feel for the geographic layout of the entire area, only having been there once. What normally would have taken 10 trips into the area to learn, can now be accomplished in 2, and knowing the terrain in an area can Make or Break a hunt - especially in the mountains I've taken archery or rifle elk each of the last 3 years on public land largely due to these scouting methods. Anybody use similar methods?