Approaching Your Stand
A mature buck will approach his preferred bedding location from the downwind direction to check for predators and the presence of other bucks before bedding for the day. In pressured hunting areas this will usually occur more than an hour before first light.
On calm days, a buck will use thermals and approach from a downhill direction. The hour before first light is usually the quietest hour of the day in the woods, with most nocturnal animals back in bed, and the winds calmer or non-existent. This the absolute worst time for a stumbling hunter to approach a stand location.
By waiting for a buck to become settled in his bed, and approaching this location after other animals are awake and making noise, we can enter stand locations without detection and have a buck within yards.
In addition, clearing all obstacles which could make noise on the path to a stand location can make the difference between having a buck nearby or on the neighbor's property. An afternoon hunt also requires approaching from downwind without being seen, smelled, or heard. Departing the stand location undetected is also vital to future success.
More hunting tips can be found on the Ground Games Vol. 1 DVD.