It would be a good idea to get a topographic map of the area you intend to hunt. Drainages, field edges,and natural barriers (sometimes) show up on that map. Deer are creatures of edges, they like to use where one type of cover switches to another, especially if there are natural travel routes to & from those areas. Add a good food source & you should be in business.
If there is agriculture in the area you intend to hunt, find out if it is a favored food source for the deer. Don't put your stand right over the trails/ travel routes you intend to hunt, but downwind within good shooting distance. Also make sure that you have easy access to your stand so that you aren't crashing around in the woods just before dawn.
I like a good sized tree with some nearby cover to help hide me. One of my favorite stands has a big cedar right behind it that helps cover my outline. If you can put your stand in a shady area it will be better for you than if it were out in the open in the sun. Shade helps conceal you. If you are in direct sun, every move will be more noticible.
If there is a place where you can watch the area you intend to hunt at a distance with binoculars, it would be wise to do so. That way, you can fine tune your stand location to somewhere the deer already prefer to move. Something like watching along a powerline or down a logging road can help you determine the best places to start.
Remember that water is no barrier to deer, but if they can walk around it, they will. Look for shallow crossings or muddy trails along the bank that will show where deer like to cross. A big enough tree downwind of a good crossing has accounted for many deer that I have checked in. A pond dam is also a barrier that deer would rather travel behind versus on top of.
I look for terrain features that will cause the deer to go one way or the other. If you can place your stand where you can effectively hunt both paths, you stand a better chance than just choosing one.
Pre-season scouting helps a lot too. Tracks don't lie. If necessary, follow a deer trail just before a rainstorm and look for good stand sites along it. The rain should wash away your scent and limit the evidence of your intrusion to the area. One of the best times to scout stand sites is in winter after the deer season. Heavily used trails will stand out and you know that they will be located in favored travel areas. Once you choose your tree in winter, cut your shooting lanes then, so the deer have the rest of the year to get used to them. Go in there a couple of months before the season and do a little trimming (again, before a rainstorm) to get any new growth out of the way. By the time deer season rolls around, you should be good to go.
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