1. Become one with your equipment and keep it simple in the stand. Avoid anything that rattles, squeaks or might catch a deer’s attention.

2. Use every means at your disposal to become scent free. Hunters Specialties Scent Free is what bow hunter Tony Mills uses.

3. Identify buck groups and core areas, but do not intrude in those areas. Become a 12-month a year deer hunter.

4. Use trail camera images over several years to build a working history of resident bucks.

5. Do not hunt food plots for trophy bucks. While there is always a possibility of seeing one, chances are against it.

6. Spend as much time as possible in the woods listening to deer sounds. Master the snort wheeze call, but limit it to only once every hour. Do not over grunt.