This is a question about bowhunting tactics for a specific situation, particularly immediately after a snowfall. Here is a description of the situation.
Suppose your hunting property is 250 acres in a Midwestern state, with about 180 acres of hardwoods having a couple of creeks and logging roads running through it, and the remaining 70 acres in crop fields (partly corn, partly beans). Suppose that during October you had the opportunity to hunt the property for 8-10 days and not had anything approaching a shot, having seen a few deer at a distance and no good bucks.
Imagine Halloween passes and now it is early November. One night you wake up at 2:00 AM to take a leak and the ground is bare, but when you get up at 5:00 AM you discover about 4 inches of fresh snow. On the property you have three stand locations and you decide to hunt a stand that is good for any wind out of the west (i.e., southwest to northwest), and which you only had hunted once or twice during the season. It is about 25 degrees and the sky seems fairly clear when you climb into the stand at 6:00 AM, twenty minutes before legal shooting time. At 6:30 AM, as the sun is coming up, a west wind picks up, whipping the fresh snow around, and then a squall passes through adding some more snow. By 6:50, the wind is still from the west but has died down substanially, the sky has cleared, and and the sun is pretty much up.
I'm curious, what would you do in this situation? This scenario happened to me a few years ago, and the end result that day was the second largest buck I have ever taken (213 lbs field-dressed and a net 136 6/8 P&Y inches). I can't say what I did was necessarily the only way to have approached the situation, but it sure worked for me. Rather than tell the end of the story now, I'd first like to hear from some other D&DH "Stump Sitters." How would you have hunted on that day? Again, I don't necessarily think there is a right answer to the question, but in a few days I'll tell what worked for me.