This afternoon I decided to take a break from the Christmas festivities and get a little tree therapy and try to fill my last doe tag. Weather wasn't looking too great when I entered the woods. Sleet mixed with rain. But honestly, I love being in the woods during those conditions as long as its not pouring. Got settled into the stand and ten minutes later, the wind shifted NE. Well crap, this isn't going to be good at all. The problem was, to move to any stand that would be good for that wind, and I dont really have many options for such an oddball wind, it would take me at least an hour to get over there. So, as said to heck with it and hunted it anyway. Sure enough, around 3:30, deer were directly downwind of me and no sooner did I see them, they got spooky and turned around. Ten minutes later, I looked back in that general direction and to my amazement, there were two doe standing at 30 yards and working to my left, right into a shooting lane at 20 yards. I got myself ready and as the biggest doe started that way, she hit the brake and started getting weird. She winded me. She turned around and started back to where I originally saw her. I came to full draw, waiting for her to make it back to that opening. When she did, I settled the pin low behind her shoulder and left the arrow go. Immediately, I knew I was screwed. I watched the arrow fly harmlessly under her. A quick check of the distance... 43 yards. When she turned to go back where she was, she actually was a bit further away from her original location. They usually always go back to the same spot they were! Humble pie for me for sure. Thats the first deer I've missed in four seasons. Always learning.