When answering a land management thread I realized just how tough my hunting can be. We have great deer but it's a high deer and high hunter density area. This has the deer all over and moving inconsistently or mainly in dark. I've had to adapt the " Oh crap, busted " techniques. So what have you done to try and recover after the dreaded stomp and blow you've been hit with? The pop around a tree to have a doe staring at you? What are things have worked or back fired on you? Before I started clearing trails I use to skip in the dark to the stand or do the I'm a skunk shuffle and stop walk in. Worked pretty well then there is the buck grunt and tree shake walk in. The one that has worked well is the stomp and snort back, though I learned the hard way to run for the stand right after in the dark. The stand completely still with eyes half shut has saved me many times or the head down and arms down steady walk has avoided that dreadful blowing through the woods. I've had doe and some young buck allow me to walk within feet of them without blowing as long as I kept a steady pace as I walked past and never made eye contact. I've taken some nice buck with the stomp and snort back in the dark trick. I called a buck spooked under the stand I went to three times as I was climbing the ladder. He finally left and then at light he had circled around the stand and came back for me to shoot him. A nice 8 pt. Though that same trick backfired when after stomping and snorting I heard a stiff legged walk toward me. I was near some small planted pine and thought it smart to lay down my bow and squat down next to a pine. Well in the dark I hear the deer still stiff legging it to me snorting. Now I tucked my head down toward the ground. Next thing I know a white tine slips past the side of my face and a buck snorted in my ear before swirling and running away. That scared the crud out of me, never tried that again! The whole shrinking my profile was a fail. Another time I sat on a stump and had a doe spot me and stomp. I stomped and snorted and she charged me so fast I had just enough time to flip myself off the log to avoid her. What have you used to help even the playing field?