Map Reading Challenge

Grand Prize Winners!

Congrats to Brian Gammons – winner of the XOP Air Raid hang on tree stand, James Tinguely – winner of the new GearFit Edge Bow case from the Allen Company, and Tom Tice – winner of the brand new BowTech Reign 6 fan giveaway prizes. I will be doing more giveaways like those when my YouTube channel hits 50,000 – 75,000 and 100,000 subscribers.

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The Map Reading Challenge 

In 2015, I started taking fans out on a Map Reading Challenge hunt, a hunt that I created years earlier with a scoring system so that you could push yourself to improve your skills. Below are videos from past seasons of the Map Reading Challenge as well as a free downloadable copy of the scoring sheet. To do a Map Reading Challenge, you read topo maps and aerial photos to identify key hunting areas that might sustain deer movement. You then go scout the areas you marked on the map one time and then return a month later to hunt those areas. Your score is based on how successful you were in your efforts.

This past season I took out 12 men, broken up into 4 teams. The grand prize winner of the whole Map Reading Challenge was Eric Arcoite from Team Young Bucks. Eric won the hunting portion of the challenge as well as the view-count portion of the series. As a result, he won an XOP Air Raid hang on tree stand and set of XOP climbing sticks for winning the hunting portion of the hunt. He then went on to win the BowTech Reign 6 I was giving away to the person who had the highest total score between his hunting score + the total number of views on his scout trip video + the total number of views on his hunting video from the series. Eric’s team, Team Young Bucks, also won the team portion of the challenge, which means EACH person on Eric’s team got an XOP Air Raid tree stand. This means Eric ended up with two XOP stands, a set of XOP climbing sticks, and a brand new BowTech Reign 6, basically earning him almost two thousand dollars worth of prizes.

I also want to promote team player attitudes and strong ethics in life and hunting, so I awarded Corey Cowan a recurve bow as a way of saying thank you for being such a good Christian example and inspiration for us all. Corey constantly exhibited a selfless attitude and a readiness to help others at all times. I also awarded Jerry Cournoyer with a prize for all the work he did through his social media to help promote and spread the word about the Map Reading Challenge and my Sean’s Outdoor Adventures YouTube channel. John Klopp and Dan Weaver also got honorable mentions for their efforts in spreading the word about the challenge as well. Thanks again to all the guys involved!

If you want to apply to be on a future Map Reading Challenge, you need to subscribe to my newsletter and watch for updates. I typically accept applications in the month of February, but this past year I also did an early bird round of applications before that.

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To download the FREE PDF scoring sheet for the Map Reading Challenge, click HERE.

If you are hunting in PA and need the current Hunting/Trapping Regulations book, click HERE.

If you need help with your map reading or scouting, check out my downloadable instructional videos on Map Reading and Scouting by clicking HERE.

Follow this past season’s Map Reading Challenge here. Click on the little icon in the top left of the video to see all the videos in the series and pick which one you would like to watch next.

If you weren’t aware, I decided to create a new YouTube channel just for Map Reading Challenge hunts and behind the scenes. In the future, I will be playing more elaborate and extensive content on this Map Reading Challenge channel, and on my Sean’s Outdoor Adventures channel I will most likely post just a few of the hunt. To see the new Map Reading Challenge YouTube channel, click HERE. To select a video from the playlist below, click the small icon on the top left of the video and choose the video in the list.

This next group of videos contains the 2016 Map Reading Challenge videos. I took out a group in Maryland and another in New York. I also did several Map Reading Challenge hunts in Pennsylvania and one in Iowa. For the Iowa hunt, I did a blind Map Reading Challenge where I studied the maps and then simply drove to Iowa for the very first time in my life to hunt it. There was no physical pre-scouting involved at all. As you will see in that video, I passed on a great buck the very first day and never had  a shot at another buck of equal size. I did see other good bucks, and some that were even bigger, but I didn’t have a shot opportunity at them. As a result, I would say there were MANY valuable learning lessons in that hunt, and I made sure to share many of those lesson in some of the videos I produced in relation to that hunt. I hope you will both watch and enjoy these videos. Thank you and God bless you.