The Whitetails in my area are getting smart now that they've been hunted for the last couple of months. The dumb ones have already taken a ride home in the back of a pickup truck. I've noticed that the deer no longer walk across open areas (ie. clearcuts, pipeline lanes, fields, etc.) during the daytime. They've learned that when they do that they hear a loud "BOOM!". Anyway, what I've noticed is that majority of fresh tracks are now in heavy (and I mean HEAVY) scrub-type cover. This stuff is hard to hunt, because there are very few trees to hang a stand off of, and visibility through it is about 10 feet. The areas are covered in small trees (10-20 ft tall), and they are spaced every foot or so, with stickers and thornbushes growing up EVERYWHERE in between. In other words, it's pretty tough going to get through there. However, that's where the deer are, and I need to figure out how to hunt this type of environment. I have thought about chopping a path into the middle of it with machete, and then setting up a tripod stand, but I think that the disturbance of doing that this late in the season, plus scenting it up, will just run them off somewhere else. Anyone hunted this type of stuff before, or have any ideas?