**1. The Baited Trap **
Let's say you've got a 250-acre farm to hunt. There are several bedding ridges, a few fields and a nice creek bottom. The creek bottom is going to have the most sign, and, as a result, that's going to be the place you want to start. So in you go on the first day of vacation and sit in a stand right over a heavy crossing or a big scrape. You see lots of deer but don't get a shot. You can't wait to get back because you have finally found the spot. The next day there are far fewer deer using the ravine and again you draw a blank. Figuring it was a fluke, you try one more day and you see few if any deer. Guess what? At the very start of your vacation, you've just let nearly every deer in your hunting area know it's being hunted.