Dawg, are you stalking or just hunting from blinds? There is little doubt in my mind that deer can easily be taken from the ground. I knew a guy in college that did nothing more than take a 5 gallon bucket to sit on and he killed deer pretty regularly. Stalking on the other hand, is a practice that takes a lot of experience and know how. I for one do not think I could do it. But I have the utmost repect for anyone that can.
"Bucket". Funny. I use a seat you attach to the bottom of a tree. Has a swivel seat. Pretty easy to carry, but sometimes I just stump sit. I am mostly going to focus on wind, natural cover and sitting tight.
I might try stalking, but I tend to sound like a freight train in the woods. It is a fairly foreign concept and I need to learn to SLOW DOWN walking in the timber. I like the idea, but lack the skills - for now[:D].
The private ground I hunt is typically from a stand or ground blind. This public ground adventure is all new so I might as well try a new tactic.
FYI, I am primarily a venison hunter, so bucks are not a priority therefore my opinions/tactics are skewed to that effect. After my first couple of does I will switch to a more buck-centric hunting style.