I see a lot of new people are joining us on this forum and think this is great. I also see that a lot of new people are kind of lost on how to get started scouting so I figured we could all pitch in ideas on how to scout from your computer before getting your boots dirty. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years: First, Google Earth is an amazing program that can be used with pretty good accuracy, it is easy to use, and you can measure distances from "occupied" structures and so forth. On google maps you can even do street view of some areas so its like you are driving there with you leaving home, some times there are pictures from other people tacked to some areas. Second, use the search function in this forum. There is a ton of info available if you read through the threads. Sometimes you can get very specific details and other times its pretty vague intentionally. Also, as you participate or make friends here you can get some good info about specific areas if you ask nicely. Third, I made a thread a while back explaining how to get free topo maps that you can print out at home using Garmin's Map Source, you don't even need a Garmin gps to use this software either. The thread is here: http://www.arizonahuntingforums.com...mputer-and-gps-garmin-map-source.12942/page-2 Google search is also a good place to poke around, obviously. Search a species and include "Arizona" with it and it should pull up a good amount of info. Click into the "Images" area and go deeper until you find something useful and cross reference back and forth between other sources. Recreational Access Arizona is a fantastic website as well. It overlays unit boundaries, unit numbers, reservations, and other types of land ownership. Here is that website: https://azaccessmap.com/map.html Habimap Arizona is another great resource. I find it a little more difficult to read and use but still something to cross reference. Here is that website: http://habimap.org/ Besides looking into maps, make sure you read as much life history of the species you are after. After javelina? Look up everything you can about them. What they eat, when they sleep, when they are active. After ducks? What do they eat, where do they sleep, where are they coming from, where are they going. Lastly but not leastly, Arizona Game and Fish website is full of useful information that you NEED to know. You can download the regs to keep on your computer or print out the parts you want to take with you so you know the laws. You can look into specific units and this site give you additional info about each species in that unit as well as other very useful info. Here is their website as well: https://www.azgfd.com/ An example of how I have been using this technique this year is my duck fever. I followed the above to get a general idea then I got in the truck and got a first hand account of the areas I wanted to see. The more you get out there, the more you understand access points and such. I also like looking into bird watcher's websites that give directions to areas where photographers and bird watchers like to go. Sometimes you need to think outside of the box to get some good info. What else do you guys do to scout from home? I hope this helps, feel free to add onto these tips!