Most deer hunts begin long before a sportsman reaches a tree stand, ground blind, or deer post. How you get there can make the difference between success and failure on your hunt. It’s far better to circle half a mile in darkness to approach a stand from downwind than a short hop with the wind at your back.

The author rattled up this buck after a careful stand approach.

Often whitetail deer hunters move to their stands in darkness so they can be at-the-ready at first light. During the rut and in areas of long visibility, it may make more sense to wait until shooting light and sneak toward your post. In this way, you may catch deer chasing or cruising, and it provides the ability to make an alternative hunt plan.

As you will see in this video, I used a small cedar tree to disguise my silhouette and slip into a shooting position without being seen. I was prepared for a long-range shot by using a Savage Model 110 rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor with Hornady’s 143-grain ammo. My Swagger Bi-pod kept my rifle within easy reach as I lay down the rattle bag. It’s really great when a plan doesn’t come together but still succeeds.