I'm out here now, I've been in my stand since 6am, passed up a couple does but now its 10am and haven't seen anything for about an hour or two... Should I pack up and leave, or do you think I should stay till 11?
No. They crawl into underground bunkers around 9:30 where they remain until an hour before sunset.[rofl]
Deer are in the woods all day and night. If you're there, there's a chance you can see one and kill it.
It's that simple.
I study wild deer on a daily basis in my yard. They move in "spurts". Of course dawn and dusk see a lot of movement, but even throughout the day, they get up and feed, then bed, feed, bed, feed, bed. They basically never stop. They typically bed for a couple hours, get up, move off browsing and then re-bed.
The thing is, the movement at dawn and dusk is greater because they are travelling to main food sources where they may feed most of the night.
The daytime movement is often limited to browsing near where they bed or travelling to well concealed food sources.
Most of the biggest bucks I've ever seen have been in the middle of the day too. And not just during the rut. They seem to have humans patterned, or it just works out that they move mostly at night and midday.
Depends on where you are. If you are close to houses the deer could get kicked up by landscapers and move at any time. But generally, deer will be active and on the move until about 9AM and then again starting at about 3-4PM. Generally. During the rut in late October and early November, deer will be moving anytime and it gets crazy. I have had deer running and chasing around come 11-1PM sometimes during the rut.
I know 2 of my spots I have deer coming in and out all day long according to the cameras.
They start at the one place at 5Am and come and go right through 2PM or so. Then start back again around 430PM through the night.
The other spot has deer activity at it's highest from around 1030AM right through till just after dark.
You need to know your area to answer your question.