Recently I missed the biggest buck of my life. It was a perfect six by six, symmetrical, really tall tines, and just really wide. I sat in a spot, and that morning had seen a doe on the run with a little buck following her and then the twelve pointer also came out chasing her. I shot at this massive deer, went over to where I had shot and nothing was there. I followed his trail and nothing. I knew that I had missed a buck of a lifetime. I was in shock thinking, how could have I missed the deer, what did I do wrong. I was disappointed, and didn’t really know what to think. I just wanted to call it a day and head home to think about the huge deer that I had missed.
But after a while I just started to tell myself that misses happen, and that the area that I was in, is a hot spot, and has a hot doe with bucks looking for her and hot on her trail. I thought that if I get back into the tree stand that I was just in, then maybe the deer would come back or another mature buck would come out looking for the doe. And sure enough not long after being in the stand a buck started heading straight at me. I notice this buck had a really wide rack and had six scoreable points. I pulled up, and let him have it. Let’s just say that he didn’t go anywhere.
I learned something that day. If you are in an area where there is a hot doe, no matter what, just be patient, don’t think that just because you shot at a deer like myself that your hunt is over. Because just like my hunt proved; I was disappointed, and my expectations for the day were low, but I got right back up into the same tree stand, and my patience and perseverance paid off.