I base a lot of my sets off of past experiences. I also set up a lot of my sets because of spring scouting, you can still see the rubs and scrapes from last fall and the foliage should be pretty similar to our hunting season.
Inside corners are a great spot for a setup-meaning where there is a corner of habitat like a corner of a field, the inside part of the woods can be a killer spot because the deer will cut that corner.
Anywhere two types of habitat meet like a marsh meeting hardwoods or hardwoods meeting conifers can also be great spots to catch deer cruising (studies have shown that these types of edges are where the most rubs are).
Creek crossings can be great and fairly easy to locate.
I would say that most of my sets are there due to past observations.
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