I'm rarely close enough to camp to ever return in the middle of the day. Keep hunting. Eating and sleeping are what I do the rest of the year!Steep mountains are called one-a-days for a reason. Pack a lunch, take a nap, and keep glassing. Some of our good bucks have been found when they got up to stretch, or move out of the sun to a new spot. Especially true for Coues deer!
That's crazy.As mentioned several times above. It's a great time to take a nap and glass from time to time. One word of caution....be super careful napping in buzz snake country! A couple weeks ago I fell asleep with head on the ground in the shade next to a giant boulder. I woke to the sporadic sound of a rattle right next to my head. When I opened my eyes and raised my head there was a rattler coiled up around 1 1/2' from where my head was laying. I'm positive the snake could sense my warm head and am amazed it coiled up next to my head. It didn't get excited until I rose to my knees fairly close to him. I was certainly grateful he didn't strike! I was tempted to kill him but let him live. I've included a photo of him.
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I like your schedule. I've never considered that noon - 2pm could be great glassing.It's unreal to me how much happens in the middle of the day when you just sit still and watch. That's my favorite thing to do rather than spend the time to go back to camp. I'd say pick a spot that seems worth a whole day, glass from daylight til around 10 am, then go sit somewhere that you can relax, read a book, nap, whatever suits your fancy while still being able to see a decent amount of what's around you.
I have found noon til around 2ish to be surprisingly good glassing. Animals will get up to stretch their legs and mill around a bit before repositioning in better shade.
Then I like to be set up for the evening glass for two or so hours before dark.
Daylight - 10ish am: Prime glassing
10ish - Noonish: Get comfortable and wait for what happens around you
Noonish-2ish pm: Generally great glassing
2ish-4ish or 5ish depending on season: Relax/eat/nap
4ish - Dark: Prime glassing