THE SETUP: In hill country, oak or beech flats are prime early-season feeding areas and decoying locations. Whitetails seem to prefer certain ridges, flats, and even individual trees. Scout for tracks, droppings, and bits of chewed mast to determine exactly where they're feeding the most right before you hunt. Game trails tend to be less noticeable in this terrain, but they do exist. You must identify the most frequently traveled routes to the flat. Ideally, trails will enter on each end, letting you set up two stands (such as Stand 1 and Stand 2, at left) to compensate for the changing winds so common to hill country.