I agree with the others, nobody wants to hunt where others are for the most part. When I scout an area, I do it during the afternoon around 11 to 2. Tracks are the first thing, then cover and edges. Where pines meet an oak ridge or short pines meet tall ones or swamp edges, island in swamps are excellent. Rubs and scrapes are a plus as well. I watch the wind and try to figure where their daytime security area is. I like a long white thread on my gun or bow for wind checkin. I also like Raccoon urine on my boots. Raccoons are prevelent here, and climb trees so Its the perfect cover scent. As far as navigating, I use a map and compass and a GPS for backup. Orange flagging tape is good for daytime trail marking but useless after dark. The reflective bread-ties work well or I have bought reflective tape and cut into strips, then stuck em on clothespins. If I do get lost, I have a cell phone, water purification tabs, and a bugnet hammock with me. In the winter I leave the hammock behind but make sure I have enough clothes, a redundant flashlight, lighter, firesteel, knife and a couple unopened space blankets. I dont load down with gear but have a minikit in case of an extended unexpected stay.