I usually bring home a deer or two, last year three. If the moon phase is right I always see deer. When moon phase is bad its better to stay home. Two years ago I made two trips down but both had bad moon phase and I only shot one deer and didnt see much.
I have a blast down there because I have lots of spots scouted out and can hunt a fresh spot every hunt. I like to go early October because the deer have a sweet tooth for persimmon trees and I know of several small remote groves of them near bedding that always have deer come to them. It seems like they get up from their bed and go straight to the fruit. I killed a slob last year who did just that.
Also, turkeys are in season so I like to go out in the morning for turkey and in the evening for deer. Mid day I scout new areas.
Others I hunt with have a harder time down there because its so vast and they dont get down there to scout like I do. It gets easier once November hits, especially the November moon phase, since the bucks are crusing for does. 1st and 3rd weeks of Nov this year will be good. I've seen some monsters down there mid day crusing in Nov.
Deerslayer, You commented deer have a sweet tooth for persimmon. How do you know which tree they are eating from if there are persimmons all over the place. I found 8 pockets of persimmons last year and non of them were the preferred food source. I am wondering if a white oak or water oak would be preferred over a persimmon?