Before the rut prompts bucks to seek estrous does, you have to get near their suburban bedrooms. Look for wetland areas, overgrown fields, and large brushy ravines between housing developments. Scout the edges for rubs in September. These will tell you where bucks are exiting near dark to feed on suburban gardens and shrubs, and clusters of rubs will show you where a buck is staging before leaving the trees. Hunt just inside the cover.
Quick Tip: Ask a local property-tax assessor which of your neighbors might let you hunt. These folks often make it their business to know the properties in an area.
Look for concentrations of "No Hunting" signs, and ask around about property owners who don't allow hunting. If you find a large property, or even a cluster of smaller tracts, where access isn't permitted, then you might have a spot that holds deer--maybe even mature deer. Landowners who prohibit hunting often don't realize they're creating a safe zone, which deer use by day but troop out of at night to give local farmers trouble and landscapers business.