Been out hunting elk, nothing yet, had a herd run right in front of me with in about 20 yards, but waited on the big one, or hoped, but ntohing, last once behind was a spike, and wished that sucker came back to take him out ;-) But that was one of the coolest things to happen to me.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...