The General Spot: Late-fall bedding ridge. When temps drop and hunting pressure increases, whitetails bed in dense cover that offers them thermal protection and security. One of the best places to find both is a south-facing slope with thick conifer or brushy cover, which provides optimal sun exposure, protection from the wind, and gets a buck up high where he can see trouble coming and bail if needed. During the rut, bucks will make excursions looking for does, but they'll routinely come back to a spot like this. And as long as you can get in unnoticed, this makes for a great morning or all-day set. Right now, heat and insects keeps bucks away, but they'll be back starting in late October.