G/L this year.
I love to hunt funnels and prefer a funnel over any other stand location. If you can hunt a funnel, hunt it.
Stay away from using calls such as grunts, rattlling horns, etc. until you've practiced and feel you can emulate the calls as intended. If you go out and "blindly" make the calls you'll get frustrated that you aren't getting a response. Go to youtube and look up deer calls. Field and Stream magazine posted several videos of the Deer Doctor(Peter Fiducciou, I believe) performing calls. I thought they were pretty educational and they helped me tweek my calling.
I'm not sure that I would still hunt, or walk through the woods as you stated you may do unless the leaves are wet and there aren't many sticks on the forrest floor. If the leaves are dry or there are a lot of sticks, the deer will hear you comming before you see them and scatter. The exception to this would be if you had a drive organized.
My last tip would be to have fun, journal your hunt, and take pictures of your kill so that you may share them with friends and family present and future.
Good luck my brother.
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