This is so important. If the buck you’re after doesn’t show or doesn’t give you a shot, there’s an excellent chance that when it comes time to leave, you’re going to have a field or plot full of deer to contend with. It’s easy to say that you should just have someone pick you up in a truck, which will typically bump the deer off the field but won’t prevent them from coming back the next day. But that’s not always possible. Better to configure the stand or blind so that getting out unseen is easy. Pick a tree that’s a little off the edge of the woods, where you can shoot into the plot but you also have cover when you get down. Put your sticks or steps on the back side of the tree, so you can use the trunk as cover as you descend. I’ve snuck out this way after full dark many times without getting caught. Just keep your movements slow. A downhill slope on the back side of your stand or blind doesn’t just help with your scent; it also lets you instantly disappear to the deer by simply ducking down the hill to exit. For next year, plan on creating some screening cover, such as switchgrass or a few rows of standing corn, in front of your stand or blind that will help you escape unnoticed. That way, when that shooter buck doesn’t show or give you a shot, you can come back the next evening, and the evening after…until you put a tag on him.