Years Hunting Whitetails: 22
Biggest Buck: 190-class nontypical
Favorite Early Stand: Field-edge fenceline. I glass fields until I see a shooter and then keep tabs on him until Kentucky's bow season opens. My favorite spot is just off whatever field that buck is using. I speed-scout at midday to figure out what trails he's taking to enter the field, and then I hang a stand between the best ones. I like a tree near a fence because bucks will stop there naturally, giving me a perfect shot. Tip: Pay attention to where small bucks enter the field. The mature buck will likely take the same route.
Years Hunting Whitetails: 20
Biggest Buck: 165-class typical
Favorite Early Stand: Creek-bed field corner. My favorite spot to bowhunt in September is the corner of a good feeding area closest to the best bedding habitat. Older bucks bed in thick, shady cover, often near creek draws, where it's cool, and they love to enter fields in a corner, where there is a good view of the entire field. Tip: Even if the field-corner setup doesn't pay off, it makes a great observation stand. Sit tight, note exactly where a shooter buck enters the field, and set up there the next day.