This is a little tutorial for some of the newer and maybe some of the older hunters that are not "aggressive" with deer. take it for what its worth but these are my observations over 30 years of hunting deer in the midwest and west.
I've always been of the mind that i am smarter than a deer? right? okay i cant smell better see movement better or hear better than they do BUUUT my brain is definitely bigger.
okay that being obvious right? well not really. many people think that deer are super duper smarties but they really can be tricked if you are patient and use your brain.
i am going to talk mostly about patience here: scenario:
you are in your stand and hear a buck grunting and scraping on trees but you can't see him...LOOK AGAIN: use your binos...look for trees moving, the tips of antlers, the flick of a tail...now if you absolutely DONT see him...LOOK AGAIN!! before you move...
next scenario....movement... i said i cant see movement better than a deer right? well deer don't seem to see depth as well as we do...that is why camo patterns wor so well. i have stalked up to within 40 yards of whitetails by being careful not to MOVE while they are looking...and if the do happen to catch me moving i stop and drop...then i will tickle horns lightly and maybe grunt a few times....hold still and 9 times outta 10 they will look hard for a few minutes then go back to their business... this works best around the rut period. IF YOU THINK they busted you just hold absolutely still and DON'T give up unless they run....just because they "THINK" they see something don't let them win the stare down...don't look directly at them and DON"T move.
i had a doe 6 yards from me 3 days ago and she thought she saw me...she stomped, snorted,stomped some more for 15 minutes...then guess what? she gave up and started feeding again right where she stood...there wasnt a whisper of wind and it was tough to hold pefectly still for so long....i wanted to just give up but i knew she didnt have me...if she had she would of ran away, taking the other 8 deer in the field with her.
ive had friends tell me that doe just busted me when i picked up my bow...i ask, did she run...well no but she stood there huffing and stomping...when asked did they move aferwards they always say yes....they GAVE up and the deer won the stare down...again DON'T GIVE UP until they run!! and i dont mean walk away or trot i mean RUN!!
and they may trot off only to let curiousity get the better of them shortly....i killed a small 6 point last year after i jumped him out of his be...under my stand... i simply layed in the grass and let him huff n puff for 20 minutes, then he walked away far enough to let me into my stand...i grunted and rattled the whole time and 15 minutelater he came back and i put an arrow through his lungs...
so be patient and dont move!