Hunters know identifying a quality stand site takes more planning in advance than simply heading to a hunting lease, finding a tree that looks like it’s in a good spot, and hanging a stand. You must account for wind direction and the travel patterns of wildlife in order to locate a spot that will give you a good chance of spotting and harvesting deer. Check out the Mossy Oak Wildlife Obsession blog, which explains how to identify deer travel routes, or “funnels.”

Much of choosing the proper stand site has to do with ‘structure.’ In the same way that an angler finds the ‘spot on the spot,’ the lay of the land and topography differences that restrict or ‘guide’ movement are keys to stand placement. Whitetail travel from place to place using cover and terrain to their advantage. Learning to recognize the transition areas, access points, and travel corridors of whitetails is a crucial to choosing your ambush location. In fact, if you choose the right funnel during the chase phase of the rut it can seem like, ‘God just pulled the drain-plug on a sink full of deer.’

Photo: Wyoming Game and Fish

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.