The number one rule for taking a trophy buck is to not allow the buck to know he’s being hunted. That requires extreme caution, and it also requires not hunting in what others might consider to be the most promising spots.
Start by studying the buck’s habits from a distance. The last thing you want is to encounter the buck before you’re ready to take him. Avoid his core area and sanctuary at all costs. Also stay out of his primary scraping and breeding area. A buck is very sensitive to such intrusions.
Start by trying to ambush the buck along his trails, but don’t set up too close.