ATV APPROACH Done carefully, a very effective way to approach a tree-stand site without spooking deer is to have someone drive you to your hunting spot on an ATV. Have the driver wait, with the motor running, until you've climbed to your perch. When the driver rides off, deer believe the danger is gone and move normally, as though nothing has happened. Just be sure to give bedding and feeding areas a wide berth when deer are in those places. And stick to existing trails and field edges with the vehicle. This is not only the most responsible method; it also makes less noise. This same tactic can work equally well with a truck, a farm tractor, or a snow sled in winter. As long as the vehicle leaves after you get into your stand, there's a good chance the deer will go back to business as usual.