First, if you know your hunting area well, you should have a good idea of where the deer are. In hilly terrain, deer hole up in gullies, hollows, and hillsides that are protected from the wind and offer good overhead cover?typically, conifer stands. In flatter terrain and farmland, they go to thick cover, especially where there are subtle dips or depressions in the topography (assuming such places offer some dry land). Keep in mind that it doesn't take much cover to shelter a big buck. Years ago, while caught hunting in a blustery snowstorm, a friend and I pushed through a dense cattail slough the size of a child's bedroom and woke up what may have been the biggest 8-point buck I've ever seen on the hoof. Too bad we were hunting pheasants.