I hunt a lot of public land and score with the game .so heres some tips.Pick a piece of land and get a good map..topousa and similar outfits will actually make you a map and suggest possible stand sites based on terrain features,for a small fee.Next get out there now.after the season is the best time to scout.the winter has wacked the vegatation and bugs.go and investigate all possible deer sanctuaries.dont worry bout spooking em .they will return and forget all about it by hunting season.DO NOT USE TACKS,TAPE OR ANY OTHER TRAIL MARKER,buy a gps and learn how to use it.try to park your car out of site .I like to park my car here and hunt over there.lots of guys drive around taking note of where others hunt and follow them in.try to throw them off your trail.If you can hang stands use the cheapest ones you can afford to have stolen.buy cables and locks.I prefer to use a climber and just pack it in then i hide it and chain it to the tree with steel 3/4 cable and master locks.As for bait we cant use it in NY so i cant help ya there.iLl glad give ya more tips if ya want.pm the location and i have a program called topo usa i can make you a map for free
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky