1) Analyze the property. First you must decide exactly what it offers for deer and, consequently, when they're most likely to use it. I sort properties into one of three categories: feeding, bedding, and transition (travel). Feeding areas are typically open (like ag fields, or clearings that can be planted to food plots) but may also be an oak ridge where acorns will drop. Bedding areas contain thick cover—clear-cuts, swamps, marshes, or brushy hillsides. Transition areas are travel routes between feed and bed. When you're analyzing a transition area, check aerial photos or Google Earth to see how your property relates to others in the neighborhood.