Nontypical , For me, getting a buck 30 yrds or less is great and pulling back my bow and shooting him at 15 or 20 is even better.To me it's the fact that if I can't get him that close I not going to get him...and it makes it interesting......and by drawing my bow back I get the feel of a true 1 on1 chess match......All my bucks mean alot to me .....but nothing compares to a buck w/a bow! not knock'n ya ...just my 2 cents......those are nice bucks ya got there.
No offense taken unclebuck...to each his own. Our kind of hunting wouldn't fit your way of hunting. We pride ourselves in getting deer CLOSE!!! As mentioned above my son shot his deer at 7 yds. from the ground. Now, this is an 8 yr. old little boy. He shot his 12 pt. last year at a distance of 10 yds. from the ground. If not for shooting my crossbow these 2 deer would not have happened. As for every deer meaning something to you that's great. But, just because our choice of weapon is a crossbow doesn't take away the meaning of the animal taken. Every deer on my wall in our game room has a story behind it and I can relive it just like it happened yesterday. Because it was taken with a crossbow doesn't mean the thrill isn't there. I have 1 buck I shot at a distance of 3 yds....this deer had no idea I was there. I rattled him in from a bean field where he was sparring with another buck. He came looking for the other deer(me). I had no shot at 12 yds. do to the weeds in the way. He turned and started through the fence row right where I stood. I shot him at point blank range. When he jumped forward I turned because I thought he was going to jump on me...the weeds that caught on my arrow sticking out of his shoulder hit me in the middle of the back!!! Exciting....just a little. You're right.....there is nothing like it!!!!!
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...