Heading out to do some preseason scouting for the best places to put up a tree stand? Don't forget your compass. Assuming you know where you're going, you won't need the compass to get home. But you will need it to properly place the stand so you won't be blinded by the sun at dawn or dusk. When you find a likely spot, pull out the compass to determine east and west. This may seem obvious, but a lot of scouting is done in the middle of the day and the obvious might not occur to you--until you're on stand, squinting into the sun.