Remember that creating those necessary shooting lanes can be every bit as critical as picking the right tree. And once you start, don’t be timid. The incredible advantage to creating even the most massive, forest-scarring pruning jobs now, in late winter/early spring, is huge. By summer, new vegetation will have had time to completely “camouflage” your handiwork. If you prune correctly (this takes some practice but common sense rules), come fall you will have a series of nice and wide shooting lanes extending out from your stand tree, offering near-360-degree opportunities. And these lanes will appear not only to be naturally occurring, but as near-virgin, untouched wilderness. Don’t laugh; taking the extra time (and effort) of pruning saplings all the way down to ground level, and removing all cuttings from the immediate area, is the difference between creating an obvious man-made stand site that fellow hunters can recognize easily, and one not even the resident deer know exist.