They were scared of him, they heard he made some comment about having a crappy season and they know that every time he says something like that, he kills something huge shortly thereafter so they all stayed hidden.
"Knowing when to shoot and when to wait is one sign of maturity in a bowhunter. Be patient and pick your aim point carefully." ~ Randy Ulmer
"I suppose it's the way of hunters. We are very odd fellows." ~ Peter Hathaway Capstick