I was out in the woods on Tuesday evening when I came across one of the big fallow bucks helping himself to wheat from a phesant feeder in a ride.
For some reason, it's very rare to actually see and even rarer to be able to watch the big boys for any time. They seem to be more alert and more easily spooked than the does. On Tuesday, I was in a good position under some trees about 120 yrds away with the wind in my face. After about 15/20 secs he swung around and look directly at me, then after a futher 10 secs casually walked off into the woods.
I've been in situations with does where I've got much closer and without such good cover, and they haven't been able to detect me. I'm convinced that bucks' senses are just that bit better.
But I suppose you don't get to become such a big handsome beast without taking a bit of care in the woods!