I might as well start a day 3 after the frustrating day I had. Back in archery season I had an encounter with a big buck in a thick bedding and I hung two stands last weekend in this area for different winds to hunt this buck. This morning I put some drives on for my son and about noon I climbed into one of the stands I hung. My son was going to walk into this thick bedding area just enough to bump some deer and I wanted him to be quiet. If a buck was in there I thought he would come my way because the wind was blowing into the bedding area, but as long as the deer came out below they could quarter into the wind but not smell me. When I first saw him he was about fifty yards just slowly sneaking my way. At twenty yards I put my bead on his lungs elbows resting on my knees and squeezed the trigger. Pan powder went off, but the barrel charge didn't. He stand there looking at me and I was looking at him down the barrel of my rifle, he starting to trot off and I quickly recharged the pan. At forty yards I stopped him with a mouth grunt and could not believe I was getting a second chance, flash pan goes off again and no ignition. This time I watched his twenty plus inch frame run over the hill. Well at least there is more hunting to do and maybe the third time he won't be so lucky. Definitely wished I had the bow this morning.
The older I get the better I was.