Whenever possible (and it’s not always possible, but we’ll cover that next), I choose stand setups where a deer cannot catch the wind. In other words, I choose a setup that makes it all but impossible for deer to get downwind of the stand location. This is accomplished by choosing a site that features an area deer can’t or won’t use. I try to put my back to this location so deer won’t sneak in behind me, and I hunt with the wind in my face. A good example is a body of water at your back: Lakes, ponds, rivers, etc. Deer don’t like to swim unless they have to, thus these water barriers are reasonably effective. Elevation changes can also work in the same manner, like a steep bank, a deep gully, or some other feature deer prefer not to use.