I have bedding areas on my place that I never go into. I hunt elsewhere on my place. If you have does, the big bucks will come. I only saw the old buck that I shot this year 2 times previous to shooting him, and one of those times was the day before I shot him. I have no trailcam pics of him. I do a restrict activity in my hunting woods starting a month before bow season comes in. Once gun season starts, my neighbors scare all the deer into my place. After taking the buck on opening day of gun, I took my 2 bonus does with the gun, and took a 3rd with the crossbow today. I only hunt the edges, so the interior areas are a safe haven for the deer. This has worked well for me (and no dogs in my deer habitat).