What time do you usually go out to the woods to get your area ready for the coming season? I usually go out to the woods at the end of august, and start clearing out the area where my stand is gonna be. The place I have had mine for the past three years right behind my house, I have to clear the trails than where I am gonna put the stand, because it is right on the side of a thicket facing a field. I know last year my brother in law was out in my stand and got a doe. He said she walked right under him and shot her with a 12 ga at less than 10 yards. needless to say, she just dropped right there in her tracks.
I have always been told though that the earlier you can get your area ready the better you will be come the season, because deer will adapt to the change. I don't wanna set up here in july because by the time the season gets here everything will be grown back. I like end of august, because archery opens the end of september here, and that is a month for deer to get used to the change.
Usually about the first week in september, which is when alot of people target shoot with their archery equipment, I am out there makin sure my Muzzleloader is on. Than when the adjustments are done, I just enjoy target shooting with it.