THE SETUP Start where your scouting has turned up good sign and pick a potential stand site based on your usual criteria. Then, watch that site and the route any buck may take through the area. Where you do this from depends on the terrain, visibility, and wind direction. In open country, I might settle down on a hillside half a mile away. In the open woods, my lookout could be a climbing stand on a ridge only 200 yards off. If the cover is thicker, I'll get even closer, and although I avoid it when possible, occasionally I'll sit in the stand itself.