I tend to leave empty hives in the vicinity of others. Last year I had a swarm move into a setup about 150' from the main hives. A second swarm lit on a very small bush right close to the ground about 75' away from where they took off- I put an empty deep over them, a deep full of drawn comb on top of that and a cover, by the next day they had settled in.
A third swarm conveniently took up residence in a box on the porch about 100yds from the others and I immediately moved them back into the field with the others. Another swarm lit in a tree between the house and the field, I set up boxes underneath them and dumped them in when they couldn't make up their minds about it after a couple of hours (scouts kept investigating but they wouldn't move, so I finally forced them). They got immediately moved back into the apiary as well.
I've bagged some within 10-30' of the hives when I was keeping them close to the treeline. The furthest I've had to go to retrieve a swarm is about 1500'. I think I've only ever lost one, that took up residence in a tree. I couldn't find them, the brush was too thick, but I could smell them- I don't think they made it through the winter.