Every year around the first of October (the time of year will vary in other parts of the country), I check each trail for sign. Then, on the trail that appears to have the most sign, I begin hanging licking branches about 50 yards apart, with as many as 10 licking branches along the trail. I'm careful not to make all the licking branches from the same tree species; rather, I'll use some branches from hemlock boughs and others from maple, apple or oak. Some of the branches are thick and rugged, while others are slender and whippy. The common factor is that each branch hangs to about five feet off the ground. I find that bucks prefer a variety of branches as opposed to one kind.