I just started hunting on the ground this year and I would like to see both of you answer this question because I have been wondering that myself. How the heck do I get to where I want to start without spooking anything... looking forward to the answers.
Well, here's how I approach it, and I'll be the first to say that I'm forever in a learning curve as far as hunting and the woods goes.
It's like you hunting a treestand. You pick a stand because of factors that indicate to you that this particular stand on this particular day will hopefully give you the highest odds that you will see deer. You have to get to that stand, so you most likely go to it in the dark, with the hope that you don't spook and deer on the way in, and that if you do spook them they aren't spooked too badly.
Some stillhunts that I do I will walk into where I want to begin my quest in the dark, and then wait until FULL light before I really start moving. I usually have natural blinds in many different locations where I hunt that I've prepared in my off season scouting trips/bowhikes, and I may go one of these and sit for the first hour of daylight.
Mostly though I wait until I can see, and then go to where I've decided to stillhunt on that day. Most of the time I rarely cover more than a 100 yards or so in a morning's hunt, so I may use a route to get to that sport where I'm less likely to see deer. But that doesn't always go according to plan! Like my best friend and hunting buddy said years ago regarding deer.....
"They are, where they're at, when they're there."
I do find that with the ghillie suit, if you are in some cover, you don't really spook them all that badly if they do see you first, and obviously, you've got to play the wind.
Bu this is why I aske the question, as I would like to hear if Marc has any tricks or tips on this.