Well it was cold, really cold! I was lacing up my boots and seeing the temp as 16* with a wind chill of exactly zero at 12:45 PM on the weather channel. I was in my stand by about 1:45 and hoped to stay for a good two hours. The wind was a steady (reported) 15 MPH. Nothing until about 3 or so when a lone doe made her way towards the stand. She made it to within about 50 yds and then turned and left.
It seemed to me that the wind was OK, so I wasn't sure why she left so abruptly. Maybe 20 minutes later I heard something close behind me and turned to look over my left shoulder and out came a doe who paused at about 20 yds and then again at about 25 to take a few bites and then continued on, wanting to be somewhere else. Same doe, I'm sure and also too small, considering what else is around the area. She was dead down wind this time, but never looked or spooked, simply acted strange.
An hour or more passed and right as the sun settled on the horizon I caught mvement and then I counted six does pass through an opening about 120 yds away. I figured they were up and moving to feed and would ultimately be passing by me and headed to the cut soybean fields. I sat for another 20 minutes and they never headed my way. I was really cold by now and decided to leave with about 15 mins of legal light left.
On my drive out, zero deer in the field that I was watching the approach to. Further along I did see my six in another field, they'd just decided to dine there instead . I paused and watched them scatter 125 yds away from the road. I went a bit further and by another stand I thought about using there was deer standing on the trail to that stand and another three in a field just adjacent to that stand.
So the score, one doe who tried to commit suicide, twice! And, 9 does who outhunted me this afternoon.
Sometimes chicken, sometimes feathers!!
Oh, and by the way, it was 11* on the way out!