I got my first archery deer about four weeks ago (4 point buck), out of a treestand on a mountainside here in Maryland.....been using the same stand location all fall, and see deer every time I go.....
Last Saturday was our first day for rifle season, and the day when BY FAR the highest number of hunters are in the woods and fields.....and would you believe, I sat up in that same stand location for 11 hours, and never saw a single deer? We usually see a lot on opening day, not sure what happened.....oh well, maybe this Saturday. Didn't see a single hunter either, and heard fewer shots than normal....not sure why, it was a brisk clear day, would have thought the weather and the hunters would have them moving past.
Good luck to everyone else still trying to connect,