They'll be fine. In fact the close call may actually help to condition them to human presence. Since they "got away with it" this time, next time they might wait a second or two before bolting to see if you're really a threat allowing you a quick shot.
I find deer are fairly tolerable of human encroachment except when it involves excursions into their "sanctuary zone" in their bedding area and its immediate vicinity. Bust them in there and it's usually game over.
That could be a problem - but just a single fairly benign incident shouldn't affect them too much. Hopefully (and probably) they'll just start bedding elsewhere. If it was actually a bedding area they likely weren't far off on your previous visits so the fact that they came back to feed is a good sign. Another possibility is that they're temporarily bedding near the "food source" out of sheer convenience, and their real sanctuary is back in a tangle somewhere.
went back to my spot this weekend and hung my stand (gotta get in better shape) checked my apples whats left anyways and the deer are definatly back lots of trails and stuff now all i need is to get there early in the season and hope thanks again hammer for pointing me in the direction for the spot
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...