I had stayed out of this stand since the debacle with the 6 point opening day. So the wind was right and I knew he wasn't the only deer coming in and out of that cover. As the sun got lower, I check the wind with my puffer and it was still a good breeze out of the east in the direction I expected to see deer. But as I sat there, I knew that there was a possibilty I could have travel from the opposite direction. Not likely but a possibility. But the due easterly breeze, being somewhat of a diagonal crosswind to the funnel still kept me pretty confident come what may.
Sure enough, here they come, a big doe group trotting right in on my trail. Bouncing around and feeding their way towards me, nobody seemed real concerned. At 19 yards they stop again and begin to mill around. Tails still flicking, I get ready as the lead doe (who was huge) begins to move towards a shooting lane. Just then one of the youngsters wanders a little too far west and suddenly goes all stiff and sticks his nose in the air. I thought about fishing an arrow to him as he was broadside and holding real still, but the lead doe was coming underneath me in two or three more steps. Just then junior stamps his foot and mom looks back over her shoulder at him. She says to him "you're nuts, I have this handled" and sticks her head into the lane. He stamps his foot again and the other two begin to believe him. Majority rules and mom turns on her heel, they fold camp,turn right and step into the cover.
I chuckled ( 'cause that's all ya can do at this point) to myself- damn kids!- climbed down, and went home.
Herd behavior 101 Too cool.