Good to have you back. Thanks for the recap of the hunt. You wrote, I went back many years while in the stand - back to squinting my eyes when I looked at them to keep eye contact out of the equation - man, it was like going back in time! This is something that I learned, but still amazes me that you simply cannot look at the deer sometimes or they will detect you. I was just thinking about it and it isn't that hard to really understand.
I think all of us have been in a room and get the feeling that someone is looking at us and we can usually figure what direction and who it is. I suspect it is the same with deer who probably have a keener sense than we do. So, while it is hard, i try not to look directly at the deer and often try to use quick glimpses or my periphal vision.