There’s perhaps no more important time in the world of hunting than the opening day of the gun deer season, and for the opener, it all comes down to picking the right stand. Whitetail expert Neil Dougherty has a proven strategy for picking stand locations on opening day. Here’s how it works.

For his morning sit, he sets up close to thick cover to ambush deer coming back from a night of feeding. For the evening, he keys in on food sources. The hope is that does will bring in bucks to the food.