Most of us tend to take the shortest and straightest line from Point A (the truck) to Point B (the stand). But often you can't do that without spooking whitetails within a few hundred yards of your post. In the illustrated example shown here, an old logging road wends from where you would park to the stand, which is in a grove of white oaks a half-mile out on a ridge. It's easy walking, but if some does bed in a thicket near the road or a good buck lies up on a bench 100 yards downwind, they might see or smell you. Even if you sneak by unnoticed, the deer might move toward the acorns at dusk, cut your trail, whiff your scent and get leery. After a couple of intrusions like that, the does, and especially the buck, are apt to alter their bed-to-feed pattern, and your stand on the ridge might go cold.