How To: Hunt Late-Season Farmland from a Tree Stand

Four illustrated tips to help you find more deer

Field & Stream Online Editors

Stand Setup: Farmland Cropfield
Winter bucks in agricultural country concentrate near any fields that have standing crops or sufficient waste grain. But your ability to kill them depends almost entirely on the weather. When temperatures plummet and snow depths mount, bucks begin feeding early. Under moderate conditions, however, even does and fawns may not eat until nightfall.

Wait for frigid conditions and a north or west or northwest wind, then slip along the creekbottom toward the stand. The timbered river bend serves as a perfect staging area for intercepting a buck.