I sincerely failed today, due to bad timing. I was in my stand by 6:45 (late for me) but still ok. By 7:30 my feet were freezing! I wore the *other* boots thinking that the insulated ones would be too hot, as I have had happen. I doubled up socks, and was otherwise well layered, but my toes were getting numb. Started to shiver. They began to hurt. And it wasn't even that cold! Maybe 25 or so. I did not want to miss anything, so I waited more than two hours, shivering. Finally, It had been quiet for a while, so I unloaded, hung my shotgun, scurried down the stand to sit and add footwarmers to my boots that I always carry, and scurried back up. As I was turning to park myself back in the stand, the doe arrived about 40 yards away in front of me to my left, looking to be in no hurry whatsoever. I quietly grabbed the gun, slowly reached for shell, put in shell, and worked the action forward as quietly as a mouse. Too slow due to quietness. By that time she had meandered across the field to the treeline to my left, and I was cursing myself, hoping she would also make a left towards me. I sat ready, the only visible target a deer butt. Negative, Ghostrider, she headed to the right then into the tree, and I watched her stroll away.
My feet are warm now from me kicking myself. But I CAN say I didn't shoot because I had cold feet.
There is tomorrow. With correct boots.