Observation stands overlooking crops and other open feeding areas are excellent sites from which to spot deer, but Shannon avoids such places. He reasons that many trophy bucks only step into the open under the cloak of darkness. Instead, Shannon sets up observation stands overlooking thick bedding areas, because this is where he most often sees trophy-class bucks. A bedding area is the first place a buck leaves in the afternoon. It's also his last stop in the morning. Bucks in hill country, Shannon has learned, typically bed on ridge tops. The ends of points extending from ridgelines are particularly good.