Made my annual trip to Athens, Ohio for the 5th year in a row last week. Had some pretty crazy weather changes, and a few ups and downs. Missed a big 8 on the second afternoon, and killed a really nice branch in the process. Got into the woods late Thursday morning after waking up to pouring rain. Bumped a nice buck on the way in, and after walking about a half hour to my stand, I climbed to about 30 feet, hunting high above a bench and just above eye level of the intersection of 3 ridges. It was my first hunt in the tree and I realized there were a few branches in the way so I pulled out my clippers to cut them. I cut one and dropped it to the ground, and then cut another and looked down the hill before I dropped it and this buck had come out of a thicket about 100 yards from me and was working right in my direction. My bow was still on the ground at this point. I had nothing ready. I quick hung that branch in some other branches, pulled my bow up, and threw my release on. He made his way up the steep hillside off the bench below, walked past perfectly broadside at 15 yards, I let out a bleat and smoked him (still wearing my backpack, and quiver still on the bow!) He jumped up over the ridge and piled up 70 yards away. The 2" Grim Reaper Whitetail Special absolutely ate him up. Not exactly the giant I went to Ohio to kill, but with only two days left to hunt, I couldn't pass him up. The next afternoon a 150" buck would show up at 40 yards while hunting does...wouldn't have been able to get a shot so I wasn't super upset. Overall another awesome year in Ohio. Saw good deer numbers and 7 shooters between my Dad and I, him missing a great buck at 40 yards as well. These Southern Ohio hills really put The RackPacker to the test as well. Brought him out by myself over a mile in about 35 mins. Would have taken me hours without it...Now just a few days left to get a PA buck on the ground! Also wanted to mention we are running a special for HPA members right now at http://www.therackpacker.com. $30 off with the code HUNTINGPA.