[Day 1] Whitetails will use the thin cover of a grassy CRP field only during the first few days of gun season, so it’s a logical place to start. Wait for a north or west wind, and push the field toward the large swamp.

[Day 2] Start the morning with one hunter in each of the stands shown. Then, at a designated time, hunters A and B both leave their stands and make a slow push toward hunter C.

[Day 3] The thick vegetation along this stream corridor is a perfect refuge for deer, and it makes a great spot for two or three hunters to stage a simple drive. Again, push it so that escaping deer move into the swamp.

[Day 4] This is the day you spring the trap. Remember, the deer here are already nervous, so a deliberate, quiet push is the best approach. Designate the majority of your group as pushers who remain within sight of one another and walk slowly, pausing at frequent intervals to prevent bucks from slipping back through the drive. Place standers at major escape routes, downwind from trails. If you do everything right, someone is almost certain to score.

–Scott Bestul