I have killed two from a tree stand (bow)and seven from the ground(gun). I prefer being on the ground, I like to be about 50 yds or more from the bait if gun hunting. With in 20 yds if bow hunting from a tree stand. I was only 8 yds away for my longbow kill from a tree stand. How dense the cover is usually determines the distance more so than the method.
I have killed 3 from tree stand and quite a few on ground and also stalking on beach or in woods--I prefer stalk & shoot to bait but some places it is necessary--i do not like being in tree but it gives amuch better view.
When hunting whitetails there are many different languages being spoken afield that I key on when outdoors. All these little creatures living around whitetails have something to tell us if we are willing to listen.
My favorite tattletales of the outdoors are a handful of little birds that live in my state of Ohio. Maybe yours too. A tip for the upcoming season.
There are Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Killdeer, and Sparrows that all have language...