That hunt, which took place during Wisconsin's December blackpowder season, typifies the late season. Post-rut bucks have survived an intense breeding period and weeks of hunting pressure, leaving them exhausted and educated. Consequently, their world becomes a small one: a protected bedding area, a plentiful food source, and the small chunk of real estate connecting the two. Your best approach is to ambush a buck on his short commute. But successful stand hunting now requires careful planning, attention to detail, and perfect execution. Here are three top setups, plus advice for a successful hunt.