Escaping other hunters by hiking away from roads and well-used trails is oft-repeated, and sensible, advice, but not all the big bucks are in the hinterlands. Many live year-round within a stone's throw of a road. Those deer stay there because they sense that they're secure. Hunters generally don't look for them in obvious places, thinking that the farther they hunt from roads, the better. Never pass up a brushy pocket that's densely vegetated, even if it's just a short walk from a good road. On three occasions that I remember I've been within 10 yards of big muley bucks bedded in dense cover near roadways, but never knew it until I unwittingly walked too close. One buck was less than six feet away when he bolted.