The rising sun actually made it even harder to see these deer as they fed across the mountian face, as the glare made it harder to see their coat against the ground.
This doe was the closest deer we saw all day, and she was still a good 350 or so yards away:
This trip was a wakeup call, particularly in regard to optics and the magnification needed to reliably spot mulies. There is no way in hell that my 12x Nikon Monarch ATB binos - even on a tripod - can buy me the descrimination needed to reliably tell a doe from a buck at most distances we saw deer, let alone decipher the quality of a buck at that kind of distance. This scouting adventure absolutely locked me in on buying a Leupold Gold Ring HD spotting scope. I found an excellent price on one and will have it with me on the next trip out.