I have found over the years that most of the time there is no one good spot that's good for all conditions.
An astute hunter must get to know his area as well, if not better than the deer that he's hunting there. Wind, weather, food sources, hunting pressure, and other factors all come into play. A stand that might be a great bow stand in October, can be dead cold in November, and vice versa.
In the 28 years I've been hunting in Illinois, I have found two stand sites, that for our firearm deer season, are as close as one can get to a "guarantee" in a wild/fair chase hunt.
Not only will you have a shot at a buck, if you don't shoot the first one that you see, you may very well have a shot at a BIG buck. These ARE gun stands. Yes, you may have the shot at twenty yards, and you may have it at 120 (or more) yards. Both of these stands DEMAND that you come PREPARED for any weather condition, and also to stay put ALL DAY FROM DARK UNTIL DARK.
Your shot may come at ANY time during legal shooting hours.
What these two locations have in common, is that they are geographically located in the center of a "hub" of deer travel zones. They are both located on the high point of the farms they are on, and any deer that crosses (from ANY direction) in front of these stands is but a few jumps to less than 200 yards from going from one drainage with heavy cover to another.
We discovered these almost by accident, as there is NOT a whole lot of sign around them, but we kept noticing that we always seemed to see mature bucks within 100 yards of these two spots.
One of them is 400 yards from the old farmhouse that serves as our deer "camp". The first few years that we hunted there, we never gave the spot a second look. But then several years running I'd killed a deer opening morning on the bluff on the other side of the farm, and was back at the house cleaning up my knives and such in the kitchen sink, and I'd see a buck that I'd crawl 50 miles though pig poop to have a shot at from the kitchen sink window! EVERY ONE of them crossed within 50 yards of this spot!
Well....it didn't take us long to put a ladder stand there!
Not every place has one of these "hubs", but when you do find one, you've got yourself a gem.
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