Well guys I had the opportunity I've been waiting for all season and I pulled a hack shot on a mega giant of a whitetail. I went out the other day at 1:00 and climbed into a lone wolf which i had just hung the day before to get closer to the edge of the bedding where I had seen the big buck the previous night with a doe. At about 1:40 I see a buck fawn come out and he works by me, shortly after a doe fawn comes off the same hillside she keeps looking back. She works down the hill and I hear that loud step coming, I look and see a wall of tines headed my way down the thick ditch my previous buck took. He's either gonna go left or right and I'm hoping like hell he comes right. Low and behold he goes left and I look ahead to the logging road and range a tree it's 46yds. I quickly adjust my dial and wait for him to step out. He comes into the road and I get him to stop and launch one right over his back and he bounds back into the ditch. I didn't know it at the time but he stepped out of frame when I shot. I then quickly turn camera and he's coming back to the same spot. I adjust the dial to 43yds and he walks out and I never stop him.....arrow in flight he steps forward and wammooo gut city on a brute. He turns and bounds 35yds and stands there in the brush for 17 minutes like statue. He then Twitches his tail about 12 times super fast and starts to walk slowly towards a thicket . I waited 30 minutes climbed down and got out of there. Went back the next day at 7:30 after waiting 20 hours and instantly find the arrow covered in blood and a good blood trail right away. It's great for 75yds and then drops. I find a bed with a couple drops then some more good spots and another bed with more drops 20yds later. Then I come to a Y in the trail and I'm looking at the ground and hear a commotion in front of me. He stands up 25 yds away in the brush blows at me takes two bounds and walks away for about 80-100yds . I instantly turned around and got out of there again. I gave him another full 24 hours and went back with a friend to help me grid search the area and we could not find blood or the deer past the pat bed we searched and searched thru some pretty thick stuff. Decided to call it a day after day 3 with no luck of locating the animal at this point I had searched and was pretty sure I was gonna need a blood hound to find this animal. So I finally called in the professional and on day 4 we met at the farm and the dog took up the trail and it didn't take long for the dog to recover the animal he had doubled back on me from the last bed and was actually less than 100yds from that bed when recovererd in some thick nasty brush. The end result is this, no deer is ever worth a rushed shot if it's not right let it walk, I've lived this hell first hand now and know what I did was not the right thing to do by shooting a walking animal, I accept that and realized I needed to do everything in my power to recover this animal I owed it to him to say the least. I'm so happy this whole ordeal is over he's recovered and I can move on and learn from this experience.