I went to the last buck hunt of the year and killed a wide 8 pt that was 7 1/2 years old. The advice they gave us was to stay away from the permanent stands. Those that didn't heed the advice saw deer at 200 yards and beyond. I set up 300 yards downwind of the stands and saw deer within 100 yards looking back at the stands.
One trick if you want to use a stand is to sit on the floor but don't let your head get above the sides. The Director pointed out the "peep holes" roughly cut in the side of the stands. I had one tower blind in a very tight spot looking down two very short sendros that formed a "V" with a brushy tank sitting inside the "V". Max shot down either sendero was about 70 yards. I figured out that I could sit on the expanded metal floor, wire the door slightly open, hang a bit of camo netting in the opening of the door, and see down both senderos. The problem was that it was near freezing with a pretty good wind that was whistling up through that expanded metal. After about an hour I will swear that my man parts were frozen to the expanded metal floor.
I would use the first afternoon for scouting and go with a good pop up wherever the deer are active.