Within a week before the opener, Borowiak hangs a hunting stand. "I've usually picked the tree during one of my glassing sessions," he says. "Many of my spots have a brushy hillside or an old apple orchard where bucks stage before hitting the feed field. The best ambush is apt to be here, rather than right on the field edge." He hangs the set at midday and returns as soon as the season is open and the wind is right. "After velvet shed, early-season bucks may not hit the field night after night like they did in summer. So don't panic if he doesn't show on the first hunt. If you can keep getting out of there without spooking any deer, you'll usually get your chance."