"There's room to roam, and some very nice deer get taken here every year," Baskfield says of Tamarack Ranch, which lies in the wide cottonwood river bottoms bordering the South Platte River, about 60 miles from the Nebraska border. The terrain here is flatter than at Simmons, and it's easy for hunters to see lots of bucks chasing does before the rut. Food plots are maintained on the area, and surrounding private lands are heavily farmed with the aid of irrigation. The abundance of water in what is essentially a desert is a huge deer magnet. To gain an edge, pack hip waders and cross the Platte before setting up to hunt. "Put the river between you and the rest of the hunters," Baskfield advises, "and let them drive the deer to you."