One more observation........
As I mentioned, I'm always trying to learn as far as the woods and wildlife goes. What I ty to do everytime I go into the woods, whether it be for an actual hunt, or a scounting trip or to look for sheds, go on a "bowhike", or whatever, I always try to learn or observe at least one "new" thing. This doesn't have to be about deer directly, but could be anything related to the woods, even weather/wind/thermals.
Something as seemingly insignificant as a particular fungus or plant growing in a particluar place I make mental note of, and many times that pays off for deer hunting down the road. Case in point was a couple of years ago here in Illinois we had a VERY dry summer. There was also very little mast (acorns). The deer seemed to have vanished from where we'd usually see them. Now I know they didn't vanish, but just adjusted to the climatic conditions. I remembered seeing a certain kind of plant tucked away in a part of the woods that I normally didn't go into because there wasn't much deer sign. I also remembered looking that plant up and discovered that it grows where there's high soil moisture. I scouted that area, found those plants and also found.....you guessed it.....DEER SIGN!
You've got to develop an eye for details also. For instance, knowing which plants deer eat at various times of the year is very important if you want to find deer. So you look for branch tips that have be bitten off or "browsed". But how do you know it was in fact a DEER that bit it off? Rabbits like to eat many of the same plants that deer do. So how do you know? What my mentor would have told me was,
"Next time you or someone you know kills a deer, look in it's mouth at it's teeth, or more importantly WHERE it has teeth ansd where it doesn't. That will give you the answer you seek."
I'll shorten the learning curve for you....'cause you're new
....and tell you that deer only have front or "biting off" teeth ON THE BOTTOM JAW. The top of the front of the jaw is just gums. Rabbits have teeth on the top and the bottom, therefore when a rabbits browses a branch tip it's a clean cut, similar to what you'd see if someone used a pair of pruning shears. A deer on the other hand because of their lack of top teeth will tear it of more than cut it smooth.
This is but one example. I could go on and on, especially about plants. But I think you get the idea!
Please feel free to keep asking questions. For most of us here the only thing better than TALKING about deer hunting is actually DEER HUNTING!