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Totally screwed up a few days ago. Had a bigger buck than this come in to 14 yards in fading light and I shot just under his heart. Then he ran to 20 yards and I shot in the same place again. I was totally disgusted, I think I did the old short draw and did not pick a spot.

Back to the drawing board. Did a lot of shooting and mental preparation. Pick a spot, full draw. Filed my Bear heads to a ragged, sharp edge.

Today I went to a ladder stand where I had some smaller bucks come by 2 days ago. I had 5 bucks come out, none to big and they were feeding on Japanese Hop vines. I hear some scuffling behind me and see the bucks that were eating all looking in my direction. I look behind me, see some movement, very thick, and then there is the subject buck standing at the base of my tree, sniffing. When he momentarily looked back, I stood up, my bow was already on my lap with arrow nocked. He stood there for 10 minutes sniffing and looking around. I was looking down directly at the top of his head and antlers. What a gorgeous animal, I was thinking. Then he started eating leaves off a branch that I trimmed when I got in my stand! He fed for a long time! It was really wearing on me standing at the ready for so long and not moving. lol I didn't move though. Finally, he turned and started slowly walking away, but out from behind the tree. I raised my bow and he turned just enough so I had his whole side at probably 5 yards. I drew to full draw and hit him right where I was looking. He ran in an all out run for about 100 yards before going down. Pretty sweet after the screw up a few days ago. Red x where he was sniffing and orange where I shot him. Thanks for reading.
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Good job, man. Really nice buck. Congrats.
 
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