It's true that your best hope of defeating a buck's defenses is to go slow. You must walk super quietly, in a way that minimizes the chances a deer will see you. The standard practice of taking a step or two and then stopping to look for 30 seconds works. It makes it harder for deer to detect you, and you also have a better chance of spotting movement-the drop of a head, the flick of an ear, the lift of a hoof-if you are motionless. When you do it properly, you may cover 100 yards in an hour. It's effective, but in reality, you can't spend all day at this pace. Go faster in areas with little deer sign, such as wide open hardwoods. If you start seeing sign-or worse, a whitetail's bounding flag-put on the brakes.