If Im hunting close to home, Ill have everything done about 3-4 months before the season starts. Lanes will be cut after the season ends. Stand will be hunt and just a short trim job will be needed. For stand farther away I will usally have to wait till a week or two before season. (EXE: My Escanaba hunt this year.) With gas over 4.00 I could not make it there in the early summer. But hey I still saw deer each day so I was more than happy. Ill put the trail cams out in May to try and get a good look at the deer 5 months before season.
"If I pull the hammer and shoot this young buck, he's dead. But if I pass on him, the next hunter might not shoot so straight."