The Landscape: I like a saddle full of deer sign between two hardwood ridgetops, bordering a thicket. Acorns are still a key food source for does in early November in this area, but it doesn't hurt to have some agriculture or food plots nearby.
The Setup: The best deer sign in my country is a primary scrape. You know one when you see it: It's the size of a picnic table and full of deer hair. You can also smell it. I set up downwind of that, as high up on one of those ridges as I can shoot.
The Stand: I like to get 18 to 22 feet high in a big, roomy climber. If the wind shifts during the day, I'll just climb down and change trees.