Here are 3 things I knew but really hit home this past season.
As they say, you can't harvest one if you are sitting in the house. Harvested a large buck on the last Sat. of the 2nd gun season. I just went out because I woke up and decided what the heck and got up. I wasn't expecting to see any nice bucks that morning, just wanted to be outside.
I need to build a blind or stand with a roof. A neighbor got a 14 pt. because he stayed in his stand when a cold front came trough and it was windy and raining. 2 other guys got nice bucks the same evening after the cold front passed and the sun came out about 1 hour before sunset. These guys were in their blinds during the rain and wind. I don't like to hunt when its windy or raining but I know I am missing a lot of activity.
Noise doesn't always bother deer. I was out one evening along a clover plot. It was cool, clear, calm, and high pressure. Sound carried so well that evening that I could her my neighbors talking at their house about 1/2 mile away. I thought I might as well leave with the sound carrying so well. It did not bother the deer. Does and bucks came out in that field that evening and none of them even looked toward the neighbors. They were all relax eating clover while my neighbors were gabbing away.