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To locate a particular type of animal, do a little research to find out what sort of habitat that animal likes. Then find detailed maps of areas where you think that type of habitat exists. Keep in mind the things all wildlife need—food, water, shelter, and space in a particular arrangement. Circle likely spots on your map, and then go out and see what you can find.

Learn to look for natural signs that animals leave. Learn what a particular animal’s track looks like. Animal droppings can tell you a lot about what kind of animals are around, what they are eating and when they are using a particular area. The skills you acquire in looking for wildlife come in handy during hunting season.

When you’re trying to identify wildlife that’s far away, it can be helpful to use binoculars or a spotting scope. Never use your riflescope to identify an animal. Remember, when you are pointing your scope at an animal, you are also pointing your rifle at that animal. What if the “animal” turns out to be another hunter? Use your riflescope only to aim and shoot.

To be absolutely certain of the identity of your target, always look for more than one identifying characteristic before taking the shot.