Sometimes deer do their darndest to walk by our stands, while we’re doing things just wrong enough to discourage them. If your approach to a stand allows a buck to see, hear, or smell you, he is not going to walk past your setup that day, even if it was on his agenda. If you haven’t seen a deer in a pair of hunts from a stand, take a hard look at your path to the spot. Are deer bedding closer to the stand than you thought? Is there a little hiccup in the wind that’s blowing your scent to bedded deer as you walk in? Can a buck get a glimpse of you as you plod from the truck to the tree? If there’s even a chance the answer is yes to any of those questions, retool your approach.