The fact that you heard the small buck is encouraging. Deer don't always use the same trail but will use a variety of trails,and the travel routes are generally the same. Out here in the mountains we try to hunt high in the mornings, and low in the valleys in the evenings.
If there is game in the area KEEP HUNTING, you never know what you'll find.
No one can force me to run into a burning building, I'm a volunteer!