The goal is to see your buck, but while you're waiting ask yourself these critical questions:
[BRACKET "1"] What is the sun's exact angle in relation to your stand site?
Ideally it should be at your back, or at least at your side. If it isn't, plan to reposition the stand so there's no chance the sun's rays will compromise your vision during the actual hunt.
[BRACKET "2"] Does the wind follow the prevailing currents?
If you see branches and bushes blowing in a random or circular pattern around the stand-indicating an irregular air-current pocket caused by the topography-move your stand out of the pocket and into the prevailing wind, where your scent won't be carried to the buck's nose on shifting breezes.
[BRACKET "3"] Are there does milling directly downwind that might catch your scent and alert a buck?
If you can move the stand downwind of the does and still have clear shooting to the buck's route, that's the best solution. Otherwise, move the stand up or down along the route so your scent is carried to one side or the other of the does, rather than directly to them.
[BRACKET "4"] Is there more than one route the buck may take past your stand?
If so, consider piling up some brush to block one of the trails.
[BRACKET "5"] How will you get to and from the stand site without spooking deer?
Take the time to carefully study the topography, cover, and wind to plot out your entry and exit routes. Err on the side of caution, eeven if it means circling widely or climbing a steep ridge.