If there is an old stone wall for instance, deer will prefer to cross where an old gate once was or stones have fallen down. They will jump a fence, but would much rather step over it where a tree has fallen or go under where it crosses a gully. Rather than leap over a fresh blowdown, a deer will almost always go around it.
Natural topography will also cause a deer to take the easier route. Rather than climb a steep slope, a deer would much rather find the saddle or gentler slope that leads to the same place.
Use a deer’s tendency for laziness to make placing your tree stand that much easier.
By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award winning
Outdoor World Radio