With everyone obsessed with shooting for distance with either a bow, rifle, or handgun what is the closes shot that you have taken with any weapon? I have a 5 pt bull elk at 3 yards with a bow and a 4x3 deer at 3 feet with a handgun.
This is what hunting is all about! You've got me beat though. I've had a spike step on my boot once (sorry, just not gonna shoot a spike on the second day of a Nevada elk hunt) but the closest was either a muzzleloader mule deer in NV or a rag horn elk with the '06 in Idaho at about 10 yards.
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.