By Cole Daniels
Deer hunters are always looking for better stand sites. I spent half of my spring turkey season looking for trees to hang stands in for this deer season. Saddles, ridges, and funnels are top spots for stand sites. One of the most overlooked spots for whitetails is the inside corner. Agricultural fields are often rectangular shaped with woods bordering the fields. A lot of hunters set stands along field edges and many will shoot bucks from those stands. However, it doesn’t take long to figure out that deer rarely walk the fields during the middle of the day. Even during morning and evening hunts mature buck sightings are few and far between. Big bucks just don’t expose themselves during daylight hours.
However, field hunting can still be productive… especially if you hunt inside corners. In whitetail country, just about every patch of woods with a field bordering it has a deer trail about ten or twenty yards in. Deer will cruise those trails throughout the day. Other trails often intersect them at inside corners. This is simply because crossing at an inside corner is the fastest way for deer to get from one point to another without exposing themselves in an open corner.
So how do you hunt an inside corner? Hang your stand facing into the woods. I’ll hang it at a slight angle so I still have a shot into the field but my focus is on the deer cruising the woods. As is the case with any stand site, you’ll have to wait until the wind is right before hunting this spot. The wind should always be in your face. So in this case, the wind will be blowing into the field. Keep in mind, this will alert many of the deer in the field of your presence. Because of this, inside corners along soybean fields can be better spots. Soybean fields have often gone cold by the time prime hunting has begun. Remember, this strategy is more about capitalizing on travel patterns than feeding patterns.
Soybean fields are better but I wouldn’t rule out the inside corner of a corn field. This is especially true during the rut. Even does will be careful about exposing themselves in a field until the last half hour of daylight. If you’re careful about scent control, most does and young deer won’t be exceedingly alarmed about your presence. If you’re stand is on an inside corner and the top of the ridge, your scent may blow right over them. A stand site like this gives you the double advantage of hunting the field and the woods.
No matter what type of field you’re hunting, walk the forest edge on your way in. I’ll walk right along the tree line while being careful not to walk into a deer trail. Laying down human scent on the deer trails you’re hunting is a good way to have an uneventful day in the stand.