Dont get down to the point you give up.
I spent many years hunting unfamiliar tracts because they were the only places I could find to hunt, but were too far away to spend any time other than that hunting them. I got tips and advice from peers and the others. but only through time and trail and error do you find out what is good sound advice and what is B$. the key is spending the time and paying attention to details.
If you have identifed that there are deer in the area, when have you actually seen them or are you just seeing signs of them?
If seeing only signs is the case, what hours do you enter and leave the stand?
Are there any well used trails in the area? Are you seeing rubs, scrapes, tracks or droppings.
The particular area I hunt has taught me over the past 5 years that after 10:00am I am wasting my time sitting in the stand.
I used to also get up at 2:00am so I could be in my stand at 3:30 or 4:00am. hours before legal hunt time. although it is nice to be in the woods alone at these time as it gives you some time to reflect on the impending day and enjoy the night time sounds of nature. I have found this is also not necessary and cuts into valuable sleep time. these things I had to learn on my own, at a cost. I see lots of tracks in this area, a few rubs and some scrapes. but alot of the deer here are noctornal.
You have made a good decision in seeking support from this forum and you will get advice that you can use and some that you cannot. what may work for one of us is useless to another or may just seem aukward to you. thats where trial and error comes in. Its not that anyone here is going to give you bad advice, its that everyone lives in a different neck of the woods.
and even after you get all the great advice that will put you on the deer, you have to realize you are dealing with deer. and they will do the unprdictable when you least expect it. so expect anything and everything.
one quick example, 2 weeks ago I laid down a sent trail through the funnel I hunt. the deer that entered the funnel came from upwind of me. as a matter of fact all the deer that day were traveling with the wind.
heres a you tube link showing the area I hunt. I do not have my bow with me in this video and thats why the does got a pass and not a pass through. YouTube - Spooked does