Setup in a new spot tonight with my brother. We looked at a map of some public land, figured out the prevailing wind and when we got there I gave him first choice. He said..."I'll go this way".....I said OK, then I'm going over that way...Very technical decision making system we use.....LOL
As I'm hooking on my last lone wolf stick I hear my phone buzzing with texts. After I settle in I read them. Andy has already had 3 does come as close as 15 yards, but he couldn't get drawn back (he elected to sit on the ground with no blind or seat tonight) we were rushed....I offered my LW hangon to him, but he said he'd rather just sit on the ground.
They ended up getting the sense that something wasn't right and supposedly nervously headed my way. I never saw them though. They probably saw me climbing the tree.
Just before 7pm I am watching where I kind of expect the deer to come from and I catch movement. Deer.... Two medium sized does are moving my way. My heart starts to pickup the beat a little bit...good....It's supposed to do that. lol.....The slightly larger one is coming right at me, but soon the trailing doe catches up and passes the other one that was meandering along feeding at me. The second doe becomes the lead and she decides to turn away from me towards a thicket. The other doe decides to follow. My opportunities are dwindiling quickly. I draw back just as she hits a nice open shooting lane. I stop her with a "whaaa"....Everything is perfect....Perfect broadside, easy shot, settle the 30 yard pin, let go and watch my arrow sail JUST under her vitals. Probably more like 35 yards.
Yup I missed. lol
Tonight was Andy's first time out since last season *which he barely got to hunt at all after our Idaho trip. Andy also saw 4 more does though tonight and ended up coming to full draw on a big doe, but didn't feel good about the shot, so he passed.
All in all it was fun.