I look at my land as minimal hunting pressure-- close to a "deer sanctuary." Up until this year we had just a little over 1 person hunting two days a week. Now my sons are getting involved, so it will be 2-3. That's on 200 acres. As long as I don't hunt the same stand morning and evening both days, I see no sign of pressure. That does not include poachers, but then I have no idea how much I get poached. All I know is that the deer seem to all run over to my place when the shooting starts. The neighbors seem to be much more crowded-- 6 or more shooters on one 100 acre plot. However, they all get deer as well.
If you extrapolate that out to 2000 acres, that means a "deer sanctuary" might have 10 people on it without any effect. My guess is that you could have more.
That's just a raw extrapolation. If your place is like mine, the majority of the hunting takes place on less than 40%-- more like less than 20% of the total area. The rest of it is either hard to hunt or it has nothing to attract a deer's attention.
If y'all concentrate on a small number of stands, even a small number of hunters can pressure the deer out of an area. I did that one year at one stand on our property early on. I left that stand, and put up another 100 yards away, and had a buck in my sights on Opening Morning of Rifle season.
Driving, dogs, and that sort of thing will also convince deer to leave an area in a hurry.
What I would do minimize pressure is make a rule of only 1 weekend sitting per stand. That means to cover morning and evening, 2 days a week, you'd need a minimum of 4 stands. I feel free to break my own rule, but that's what I try for . Six guys should have 24 stands. I would throw in a few spares.
Over the course of the season, stands will lose their luster, and on 2000 acres you will find deer moving from one movement pattern to another. This requires a different set of stands. 4 stands per hunter is just a minimum. I have 25 venues on 200 acres, only some are active stands and blinds. Others are just good spots that have been kept clear over the years, and still others are just waypoints on the GPS. The latter are places I have found that require little or no setup to cover deer moving over a given piece of structure.
Normally I have my freezer full from my primary spots long before I have to dig. However, I frequently go to secondary and tertiary spots just for a change-up-- especially after I have filled my buck tag and I'm just out looking for fun.
Here's a handy tip. Get a few black 5 gallon buckets and place them up-ended at likely spots around the property, and then mark them on the GPS.
1) Instant hunting venue with almost no investment
2) Concentrates poachers
3) A great place for a change-up hunt.
I have a few out on the property. Some have been untouched in 5 years. However, I've had some great hunts in the rain and fog stalking from one bucket to the other. Most importantly it gets you and your partners thinking outside of your pet stand sites. Over time, some of the buckets will turn into new stand locations as folks spend time on them and discover that they produce. This will spread out your activity and reduce the pressure on the deer.
The other thing it does for me is that if I find cigarette butts, a snuff can, etc. nearby. I know I'm being poached. For some reason, black buckets seem to be poacher magnets. I had one such site next to a tree that I'd made, that attracted a poacher last season. I slipped in on him and didn't catch him, but I made him drop a lot of his gear running out. I do somewhat the same thing for turkey, and sure enough I caught two poachers this Spring, sitting in one of my skeleton turkey blinds that I had prepared back in 2002.
Oh! This is somewhat off the subject, but it relates to the black bucket thing. Back in 2001 I put up a feeder using a black plastic bucket with a hole in the bottom, and a broomstick with a nail through it. I stopped using it after the first season, but I kept the crude feeder in the tree. Sure enough-- it's a poacher magnet. Put up a few of these around your property, close to the edges and in the worst possible spots. Don't fill them; just leave them in the tree. They work like flypaper on poachers. Poachers will post a stand next to these and spend all their time waiting for the game coming to the feeder and leave your good spots alone. One guy even went as far as putting orange streamers every 10 feet from the property line to the unused feeder so he could find it in the dark. All I had to do was call the CO and tell him to follow the streamers.