The current (January) issue of Deer and Deer Hunting magazine includes a good article (Under Pressure) that covers a recent study on the impact of hunter pressure on deer movement and behavior. The study was conducted by an Auburn University grad student who placed tracking collars on 37 bucks living in the Brosnan Forest of South Carolina where he monitored their movements to see how they reacted to hunters when they hunted their stands. There were about 100 stand sites included in the study.
While his findings will confirm many of the things you have heard about how deer react to hunting pressure, some of his findings may surprise you. And in my opinion, his findings will help you become a more efficient and successful hunter.