But, the beauty of it is that it will allow you to look at topo and arial maps and head directly to where you will be seeing "sign" and greatly cut down on your scouting time. It certainly doesn't replace scouting, but does make it much more efficient. After a while you can ALMOST put a dot on a map on where your stand will end up before you set foot on the property.
I just want reiterate what scn is saying. Once the terrain features deer prefer to use in their travels is understood, it can greatly increase the effeciency of scouting. Now not every "favorable" terrain feature will see equal use, nor will every favorable terrain feature be used by deer the same way each year. But once you have a list of these favorable terrain features you can assess potential
hot spots on a property from a topo map and then quickly scout each location for sign that year
. A particular terrain feature may be hot one year and dead cold the next. But knowing "where to look" for deer concentration points before you hit the woods greatly increases the efficiency of in-the-field scouting time.