Took a climber stand with me this afternoon and went to a pre-selected tree. Noticed a fairly large rock about 20/25 yards from the tree and couldn't remember seeing it last night but let it go at that. Climbed the tree and got settled it and looked down at the rock. All of a sudden it started to raise up which really caught my attention. A long head and tail plus four legs materialized into a snapping turtle which would have weighed around 15 pounds. It had evidently closed up when I passed by on my way to the tree and remained tucked up until I had settled in and everything was quite again. I watched as he slowly made his way out of sight, crawling over fallen trees and brush in the process. Seems he was leaving a small lake and was heading in the direction of a swamp. Didn't see any deer but enjoyed the evening and this little special experience.