Lot's of different animals make noise in the leaves so try and imitate these. In other words just don't don't hoof it strait and hard to your stand. Walk on your toes so you don't stomp your heel. A heavy sound will alarm them. Stop every so often I even walk on logs whenever possible. Creek beds make excellent paths as well. I try to be in my stand one hour before shooting time. This gives the woods plenty of time to settle down. If your hunting that stand in the afternoon you may want to pull back a couple hundred yards. You may be busting them. Also remember, things change this time of year. Your lack of deer may just well be due to the rut.