Headed up to Harvard Ny for opening day. Little chilly but nice. Got the house in order and sighted in my marlin lever action .44. Woke up bright eyed and excitied at 4 am saturday. Ate and dressed by 5 am, Waited for my turn on the taxi quad. On our way to the top of the Mt we go. Got settleled in the tree stand. At about 7 am I hear a few crunches with no sight of a deer. A few minutes later to my left and quite a distance away I hear what sounded like a deer. again, nothing. Just wouldnt come to me. ( Then about 7:40 ish I hear some decent foot steps to my left just as I was taking off my jacket to get comfortable with no gun aiming restrictions. I see the tail end of a deer. Get ole binoculars out and there it was. About 50 yards out with some heavy to light brush. To my surprise HE walks right into my line of scope sight. As I put the barrel on the wall of the stand, he looks right up at me. With that I thought he was heading for the hills. Nope, turned to his right slowly and I left off a shot. no movement from the buck, no flinch. thought for sure i missed, as He walks in my direction and down about 30 yards, I left off another and nail him. down he goes for good! Roughly 180-190 dressed, Happy early birthday to me, My first ever buck!