Oneshot...I removed the link to the other site. I'd love to get our site back up to where we were with hunters before I upgraded the message boards. The other site is a great site with a lot of great guys posting on it, but I'd like to see nesportsman's message board grow again rather than have people show up and post....and then get redirected to another site.
Motto....I started deer hunting about 15 years ago. My first 8 years were very frustrating and I didn't see a lot of deer. Here is how I started to see deer. Get a good quality, lightweight climbing tree stand (like a summit viper). Bring a very small backpack with a small folding branch saw, some water to drink, an empty 16 ounce bottle to pee into, some food to eat, and a book to read....of couse bring your bow with you
Get a cable bike lock for the stand as well. And, don't forget a treestand harness to wear. Bring a set of binoculars. All told you may drop $300 bucks, but it's the best $300 you'll spend for hunting.
Go into the woods the day before bow opening day and pick a likely tree. Hook up your stand and climb up to about 15 feet while cutting limbs along the way. Don't go clearing any shooting lanes. Climb back down and lock the stand to the tree (be sure to lock the bottom and top of the climbing stand by running the cable through both and then around the stand).
Step one - Opening day get in the woods 45 minutes before first light (1 hour before sunrise). Unlock the stand and climb up. Sit there until about noon. You will quickly see why I suggested all the items above to put in your backpack.
Step two - Climb down, put the stand on your back and walk about 100 yards. Climb up the next tree cutting limbs as you go. Now sit on this spot until dark. That night lock your stand to the tree and go home.
Next day repeat steps one and step two. Within a few days of doing this you will start to see deer (may take 4 days or so).
I tell you to do this because until you spend years in the woods you won't undertand what makes good deer area and what doesn't. By doing this process of sitting in the stand in two place each day and only moving about 100 yards, you will see a lot of different area and you will not miss a trail that may have simply been over a rise from where your stand originally was.