i believe that deer can easily tell wehn the season is, but maybe not so much the season, but the people around, as deer season comes vehicle traffic increases cars atvs and other motorized vehicles, right away this is early warning, these vehicles pentrate the depth of the wood were a deer never herars or sees any of this, so basically the presence of people is what sign the beggingin of deer hunt imo
starting to bait for bear this weekend .My buddy I hunt with was up at the cabin last weekend and there were tracks all over the place! They usually don't come near the cabin. Picked up 1000# of bait on tuesday.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...