Here is a simple guide to tree stand locations for beginner deer hunters. While haphazardly walking into the woods, putting up a stand, and hunting from it can work, a hunter will greatly improve their odds of success by choosing a stand location that will maximize the chances of seeing deer. These basic locations are great for beginner hunters to see deer and with more hunting experience hunters can move the stands to the areas that work best in their specific hunting area.
Feeding areas, or trails leading to feeding areas, are a great tree stand location for both early season deer hunting as well as during the rut. In the early season, bucks are more likely to be found feeding in the open than other times of the year. During the rut, bucks will likely be moving and looking for does that can be found in fields and other likely feeding areas.
Funnels are areas where deer are forced into a specific area or the area is simply easier to travel than the surrounding area. Places where hollows converge, streams or rivers become shallow, low gaps in a high fence, right of ways through thick woods, and many other natural and man made areas create easier areas for deer to travel. Funnels can provide great hunting at any time during the season.
Bedding areas can be tough areas to hunt. Hunters arriving in the early morning hours and leaving after dark are likely to jump deer from their beds. However, when hunted with care these areas can be quite productive especially if hunting pressure makes deer go nocturnal. Hunters might choose to setup near a bedding area and watch for deer going into and out of the area to reduce the chance of jumping deer or leaving scent in the area.
As hunting pressure increases, deer will often head for thick cover to spend the daylight hours. Hunters can place stands near these areas and can intercept deer going into and out of the cover. Placing a stand in thick cover makes it difficult to get in or out of the stand without jumping deer and leaving scent.