This will be a long read, so I apologize in advance. This year I'm off to a blazing hot start. I'm tagged out on does for my county, and should be one deer shy of tagging out for the season had it not been for my no recovery on my longhorn spike. I've only been bow hunting for 5 years now and this is a first for me tagging out on my does. My confidence was at all time low for the 2018-19 season. I hunted a ridiculous amount all year long last season and I didn't see the first doe while hunting until after the season had closed for them at the end of November. In fact, from the beginning of October to end of November, I had only 3 deer sightings to date. ( I saw 8 deer in total this Saturday) Hell, deer were not even blowing at me to alert me they were close by and I didn't get blown at all season. I continued to hunt all of December and into January when my season closed. I never even had an opportunity to draw back on an animal other than a lone fox last year and just felt very defeated to eat tag soup for the first time. I thought I was just doing things wrong every single time. I really let it get to me. I took this off-season and scouted harder, looked at topo maps and moved two of my stands further into the bottoms. I'm on a lease so my spots are limited where I can actually go for a permanent stand site. So far it's paid off and since August I've slung 8 arrows at pigs and deer. Hunting can be very humbling. This may just be a really good year for deer on my lease this year who knows... but to everyone struggling keep your head up. Eventually things will turn around and you’ll have a string of good luck head your way. Put in work, and you all will be rewarded hopefully. now on to my buck! Hopefully my string of good luck will continue this season. Good luck and happy hunting my friends.