i have huntied and killed many deer on public land off the ground. what works best for me is i carry a 5 gallon bucket for a seat (they are like 3 bucks or so and Lowes and Home Depot) and i set in up in a spot and stack a few fallen branches around me for cover. scent ememination is key also, so if you have the money, the HS scent elemination kit is a GREAT value for the cost (full kit is about 25 bucks where i live). hope this helps, and happy hunting!!