Deer Behavior: **Whitetails fatten up now, and most travel a simple circuit between bedding and feeding areas. As the month goes on, look for emerging rub lines along these routes.
**Hotspots: **Locate mature timber on north-facing slopes. During the early-season heat, these spots offer cool bedding areas, and having white oaks nearby makes them more attractive to deer. Also look for newly seeded alfalfa fields, which provide succulent, high-protein forage. Small secluded fields close to cover are tops. And soft-mast groves, such as persimmon, apple, or dogwood, are producing fruit that deer crave now.
**Hunt Plan: Sleep in, speed-scout at midday, and save hunting for the evening. Spread your efforts among as many food sources as possible to keep hotspots relatively undisturbed.