9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Still-hunting can be effective during midmorning, after the deer have bedded and the sun has warmed the higher ground, creating a predictable updraft of wind. In mountainous terrain, you can work down from the ridge tops into the breeze, but be prepared for a quick shot. Tracking also can pay off, especially on windy days or during rain or snowfall, when it's easier to approach deer closely before they bolt. In heavily hunted areas, it's a better idea to stay on stand than to move around. Many hunters leave their morning stands at nine or 10 o'clock, disturbing bedded deer that may push past you, offering a shot.