Site selection, terrain and habitat preferences

The particular site selected for a ground blind will be based on deer biology, terrain and habitat, and hunting pressure. The “best” spot is likely to change during the course of a deer season. If possible, several spots should be selected and prepared during preseason scouting.

Hunting pressure and the intrusion of people into the woods during hunting season can have a tremendous effect on deer movement. In general, when disturbed, white-tailed deer seek out the densest cover available. In extreme circumstances, they may become largely nocturnal, or move only in the early morning or late evening. 

Patience, and having confidence in the site selected, is a critical skill that many hunters do not have. Staying out during the mid-day period when other hunters are moving around and headed back to camp for lunch is an excellent strategy. However, this strategy may be trying for novice hunters, especially if hunting is slow with little animal movement. 

 

Resources

Best Time To Hang Treestands: It's Not Now

“Your treestands should be hung well in advance of hunting season to minimize the disturbance to the area you intend to hunt.”
There. I’ve done it. I’ve just earned my membership card to the old school outdoor writer’s guild. Thing is, that opening sentence? It’s not at all what I actually do.
I realize I’m a little different sort of cat. I’ve been told that many times before and I’m sure it’ll be stated again. I also know I'm not the best deer hunter in the world. Not even the best in my county.

Ideal sites for your treestand

The deer hunter has found a good hunting locale with a healthy deer population, including some big bucks. Now he must answer a very important question: where, exactly, will he put his treestand? If he chooses the right spot, he could see the buck of a lifetime. Select the wrong place and he’ll experience disappointment. Every deer hunt should scout to determine the ideal treestand location, looking for hotspots like these.

Access - Best Practices Hunting Workbook

Having a place to go hunting or shooting is critical for people to participate in these activities. Surveys have consistently shown that not having a reasonably convenient place to hunt or shoot is one of the top reasons why people drop out.

For hunting, not only is having a place to go important, but having a reasonable expectation of finding the game that you are seeking is also important. Actually harvesting the game you are hunting has always been identified as a less important motivator; but having a reasonable chance to see or get a shot is important.