Hey guys, Not on here as much as I use to but wanted to share my 2021 season. Things FINALLY came together for me. It was very unexpected. If you bow hunt long enough you know things usually happen when you least expect it. I'm 39 yrs. old and I definitely have had my share of bad luck over my younger years and missing out on some really nice bucks. When it happens multiple times, you learn from them in the long run, but they really take a toll on you inside. Makes you think to yourself. Can I really do this or what the hell am I doing wrong Haha. True bow hunters know exactly what I'm talking about. I've taken other deer before, small 8's, etc. 2 years ago, I took a small 1 Horner from the ground... A meat deer per say. Had a good 15 yard shot and I blew it by rushing the shot and hit liver and the deer took 2+ hours to die. I've lost other deer and gotten deer just like most. This year I stuck with things. Changed my arrow setup to a heavier FOC arrow and also went back to fixed blades. Been wanting to shoot the Slick Trick Viper Tricks for a few years so I finally got myself setup. Leading into the season, I was ready. Just hunted some of my usual public spots and also 2 other new areas. I was seeing deer. Things were going well. One of my better spots from years past I had a Reveal X in there all summer. Typically hunt this spot more during the rut. However, hunting pressure is really starting to skyrocket at this place. Sometimes there are 3-4 vehicles. I stayed out and had 2 decent bucks on camera from back in July, but they never showed up anymore. In my head, I know the camera is only covering a small spot. So, I knew he could just be walking on the opposite side or using a different trail etc. Well, it was the night before Halloween, and I love hunting Halloween as I've always seemed to have good hunts so I was looking forward to going out. That night I was going to hunt this spot by our cabin, but I kept pondering going to this other spot with my dad and well I decided to go with him and split up. I basically snuck in the back side of the spot where my Cell cam was. Sitting about 30-40 yards up hill from where my camera is pointing. I sat that evening hunt and didn't see anything. The next morning came, and I got in my stand before 7am (Shooting light was 7:04am) I remember sitting in the tree in the dark and looking at my phone setting my fantasy football roster. The wind had a good breeze to it as it started to get light. I put my phone in my pocket and I remember looking up and a good buck was standing there about 25 yards smelling the air. I knew right away he was a shooter even though everything was still grey out. I couldn't move, my bow was in my 3rd hand archery holder at my side. Every time I saw him move or put his head down, I'd slowly reach for my bow. It was a cat and mouse type game until I got my bow in hand and release clipped. At this point i'm still sitting though. He was on the trail that walks like 5 yards from me. I knew from the night before that this wasn't the best tree for this spot. I knew in my head that if he gets to X spot he is going to bust me. He started walking and at about 10 yds out there was this really big oak right where the trail turns and comes at me head on. Well I lucked out and he got right behind the tree. That was my chance to stand and draw at the same time. At this point I'm standing and holding full draw and laughing to myself. " I can't hold my bow forever" He better do something. He stopped and froze. He knew something was up. What seemed like a minute was probably 15 seconds. He jumped and bounded about 5-6 yards back to where he was standing and stopped broadside. Here is my shot, It was literally like shooting trap with the shotgun, I swung with him and remember seeing that Vital V you always read about through my Peep sight. His shoulder outline. I put the pin in the V and touched it off. SMACK! He bolted about 20 yards and stopped for a couple seconds and then bolted. I'm like ummmm... I literally didn't know if I should be excited or upset. I was confident I hit him but where was unknown. I was calm and didnt really know what to think. Little shakes from buck fever but I was controlling it. I texted my dad and made him aware. I climbed down shortly after and found the back end of my arrow busted off and no blood for about 20-30 yards. I was literally getting sick to my stomach. I backed out and met my dad. We waited a couple hours and then came back in. My dad found the broadhead part of the arrow laying in the same area I found the other half. However, the middle section of the arrow was gone. Thinking both shoulders busted each half off and the middle section was in him. But very little blood on either half of the arrow. I wanted to puke. We started looking for blood and walking up each trail in the thick crap. Until we hit one of the last trails 15 minutes later and finally found a good pile of blood with good bubbles. I had some relief finally. We followed the trail and the blood got better and better for about 40 yards. He started spraying out everywhere. Now I'm jacked. Went a total of maybe 75 yards tops and he was laying there. Perfect double lung shot. FINALLY, I DID IT! Years of failing on good bucks and all the little screw ups finally came together. I honestly cannot wait until next season. I feel all the screw ups is what really teaches you. I know now that I can do it. It honestly feels like it gets easier to do it as well. I used to have deer come in and my arrow would be bouncing because I'd be shaking from buck fever so much. I love it, but I can control it now. 17" inside spread. 9.5-inch G2's Didn't even recognize it was the buck I wanted from back in July on my cell cam until the next day. Just had to type this out all out to share. If you're in my boat and are frustrated with your success. Just remember, hard work and a little luck pays off. I almost didn't go to this spot as I was going to hunt it hard during rut in the coming weeks. So glad I went and got me a Halloween morning buck. Go with your gut instinct. Be in the woods. Be quiet. And don't forget to practice shooting your bow. It will happen. Might be a few years but it will happen, and when it does, You have got to be ready.