4. Gear Yourself Up
You've got to prepare for cold dawn temps and the warmth of midday; wear light clothing if you've got a long walk to your stand, and carry extra layers in a daypack. Don't skimp on food and water. You'll function better with plenty of liquids (sports drinks, soups, juices) and solid food (high-carb items like trail mix, peanut-butter sandwiches, and dried fruit). Don't neglect entertainment, either. A good paperback will keep you occupied through deerless spells, and don't feel bad about texting your buddies or enjoying a game on a smartphone if it'll keep you out there.