I woke up pretty excited for the cold crisp morning. We have had a ton of apples on my property, enough for me to get a press and we have made gallons of cider. So I figured I better slow walk through the orchard just to see if i can scare a deer up first thing. No luck with that so I slowly made my way to the beechnuts and the well used runs and sat in my stand and watched the squirrels feast and play in the perfect sunrise. Then after a couple of hours I couldn't help myself. I had to still hunt the deer run. I made it about 50 yards in 15 minutes when I saw a bunched up/bedded buck @ 28 or so yards. I had no shot... I crawled a few yards for the shot just out of his view with a tree and the wind on my side... He jumped and ran then snorted 3x just out of view. I was then stuck for another 30 minutes as a spike horn came down and bedded right down in that nice warm bed. I waited him out without moving-watching him chew for the whole time hoping he wouldn't spook and make my deer run. After as long as I could stand it 40+ minutes or so- I tried to back out. I made it pretty far and thought I was out of his view then bam he saw me and ran so what the hell I figured I go see the damage... I walked 25 yards before I saw good blood, looked down the trail and there he was 144lbs, 6 point. I shot him in my woods I cleaned up for birch syrup this coming Sugar year. He's already in the freezer.