The best stand location during this quiet period is near a staging area: a spot of secure cover just off a feeding area where a buck feels comfortable loafing in the last hour or so of daylight. Staging areas are typically 50 to 200 yards or more away from the food source (the terrain usually dictates the distance) and marked by tracks, scrapes, and most importantly, clusters of rubs. To find such a spot, first identify an active food source in your area. Then walk an entry trail back toward the bedding area, looking for rubs (search the back sides of trees, as bucks will face the food source as they rub). Usually the first cluster of rubs, especially those located where two or more trails join, marks the staging area.