E-scouting expert Mark Livesay guides you through hunt planning strategies that will dramatically change the way you prepare for your western hunting adventures.

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Instructor Biography

Next Level E-scouting

Mark Livesay poses with an Elk he downed

Successful western hunters are on a continual search for knowledge that will elevate our hunting skill set, and even more importantly, tactics that will improve success. The odds are stacked against us as western hunters. Solid hunt planning is an essential component to finding consistent success. In this course, e-scouting expert Mark Livesay will guide you through hunt planning strategies that will dramatically change the way you prepare for your western hunt adventures. 

Mark Livesay
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14 Chapters
Hunting, Research, Scouting

Lesson Plan

Chapter 1

Introduction to Next Level E-Scouting

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To find consistent success, your hunt planning and e-scouting strategies should be more than just dropping random waypoints and marching off into the backcountry. Mark Livesay will teach you the next-level tactics that he uses to consistently find western big game animals.

Chapter 2

Developing a Custom E-Scouting Marking System

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A mass of indistinguishable waypoint icons and colors tells you very little about your hunt area. Mark demonstrates how creating a visual blueprint will help you to key in on those prime hunt areas.

Chapter 3

Using an E-Scouting Hunt Plan Template

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Mark’s hunting template tool will keep you organized and focused throughout the entire hunt planning process. A clear and concise action plan means you will always have options.

Chapter 4

Defining E-Scouting Hunt Plans

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Understanding hunt plans and hunt areas is a crucial component of a successful western hunt. Mark believes that hunt plans and the process of preparing separates next-level western hunters from the rest.

Chapter 5

Expanding E-Scouting Hunt Areas

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Identifying and evaluating potential hunt areas can be a challenging task, and it's often the most difficult part of e-scouting. Mark highlights the importance of having multiple core hunt areas, and explains why this is a winning strategy.

Chapter 6

The Bigger E-Scouting Picture

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Western hunters can get so caught up in the micro details that they lose perspective. Taking the time to absorb the big picture almost always produces rewards.

Chapter 7

Evaluating Limitations & Realities with E-Scouting

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Mark sees far too many hunts ruined, cut short, and meat lost due to failure to understand limitations. Limitations will ruin a hunt if you ignore them, don’t account for them, and fail to factor them into your planning process.

Chapter 8

Setting Realistic Hunt Area Parameters

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Setting up a process that helps keep you honest with your limitations will dramatically improve your odds of success. Mark shows you how to set up and integrate hunt parameters into your e-scouting work.

Chapter 9

Evaluating Access Points with E-Scouting

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Evaluating access points in a new hunt area can be tricky, especially when you are relying solely on digital e-scouting methods. Mark shows you several techniques that you can use to assess points of entry before you arrive.

Chapter 10

Evaluating Trail Pressure with E-Scouting

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Anticipating hunting pressure in a potential hunt area is an essential part of Mark's e-scouting strategy. This chapter reveals how to tackle this job using high-resolution and historical imagery.

Chapter 11

E-Scouting Pre-Hunt Campsites

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Maximizing your odds of success starts with selecting the best camp locations. Mark shows you how to incorporate aerial imagery and topography maps to identify the ideal locations based on the proximity to your game-finding features.

Chapter 12

E-Scouting Pre-Hunt Travel Routes

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Pre-planning hunt routes can increase your confidence by enabling you to estimate over-ground travel time and navigate more efficiently. In this chapter, Mark will show you the very best route-planning tools and techniques.

Chapter 13

E-Scouting Glassing Locations

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Glassing big game is mission-critical for many hunts. Identifying the best glassing spots is a kind of an art. This chapter covers all the ins and outs of identifying those prime high spots.

Chapter 14

Top Ten E-Scouting Hot Tips

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Your final hunt plan is the end goal, providing you with a grounding resource and ultimately one of your biggest odds multipliers. This level of detailed planning will move the success needle.

About Mark Livesay

Mark Livesay is the founder of Treeline Pursuits and the creator of Treeline Academy. He spent his first two elk hunting decades traveling from Missouri to the Western states. His family now lives in Missoula, Montana and Mark spends 75+ days in the backcountry each year pursuing elk, deer, and bear in multiple Western states. A solid hunt planning approach and system is paramount to his success.

Mark has made guest appearances on a growing list of over 50 podcasts. Including many of hunting’s best podcasts, including The Gritty Podcast, Rich Outdoors, GOHUNT, Eastmans Elevated, Hunt Harvest Health, Elk Shape, Backcountry Rookies, Shoot'n The Bull, and Interviews With The Hunting Masters. He has been a featured presenter at all of the Western Hunting Summits, multiple Elk Shape Camps, and Peax Equipment Camps.

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