So here is my story. It might be several posts..I'm all done for the year, as we can only take one deer each here in Manitoba so I have nothing better to do. It might be a little long, but all about bowhunting....here goes. 2015........I bought my bow used, from a fellow named Stuart McDermott, a Matthews switchback XT. With a G5 five pin sight, whisker biscuit and a stabilizer plus 6 Easton fmj, and 12 trophy ridge arrows, and 6 Broadheads and case for$550. I practiced some then had 2 young bucks inside 20yds during the rut but I had a wardrobe malfunction with one, and no comfortable shot on the other. 2016....I had no real chances on deer that year, but I did shoot a coyote in the head and got my first big animal...It was such a cool experience, so different from a gun. 2017 last year I had several chances on deer. I located a young 3x3 in our potatoe patch, and there were 3 rows of corn adjacent in which I hid . He came out, and I rushed the shot and shot under him at 40 yds. But he stuck around and gave me a second shot at 15. In my inexperienced and adrenaline mind, my bow was shooting low cus of the first miss, and I so I aimed high and shot over him. A few days later I saw a spiker on the edge of our Hayfield and went over there and climbed a maple tree where he'd gone into the woods. He came back out 10 min later and I put the pin on him and shot, hitting high. I aimed high on purpose cus I was in a tree, shooting down, but I overdid it. He ran across the Hayfield into the neighbours woods. I never found blood or the deer. I spent a lot of time looking in that bush but never saw a sign. After that I decided to call it quits for the year. I could get on deer, but when they showed up I fell apart. I would start over next year. 2018.....I started by buying a Glendell buck to get used to shooting at deer, and to place my shots in the right spot. I also studied deer anatomy a lot more, to visualize where the vitals were at different angles. And I took my time with each shot, practicing control, steadiness and just generally making good shots. If I wasn't comfortable I would let down, reset, try again. By opening day I was toching shafts at 20, vanes at 25, and very good at 30, but with the occasional flyer. I would keep my shots to 25, for now. I sat over water a few times, seeing deer, but no bucks. The 4x4 was being seen around, and I saw him in the same Hayfield previously mention when I scouted it to see if deer were there. I had a stand in the adjacent woodlot watching a main trail coming out of a doe bedding area. As he was usually seen with does, I suspected he was using that bedding. I sat my stand twice, seeing does, but no buck. The third time out I hadn't seen does yet when I usually did, so I figured I wouldn't see anything today. My stand is pretty exposed, and I was contemplating how to conceal it with branches when I heard yet another squirrel in the direction the deer usually came from. They had been very annoying, rustling constantly and making me think it was deer. I looked left, but caught movement where I head the squirrel. It wasn't a squirrel! It was a rack coming through the trees. I could see it was the 4x4!!! My heart started beating very fast, and very loudly. My stand overlooks a small 18 yd clearing where the trail comes out and he stopped and the edge of it, about 20 yards away. He was looking at me deciding if I was a threat. I waited 3 days and 3 nights for him to move. Okay, fine. It was about a minute. But boy was I excited!! Then he stepped out, and you know how once in a while it all works out, all you have to do is make the shot? He stepped into my clearing and turned broadside. His head was down in the grass and I lifted my bow, he lifted his head and looked in my direction, then back in the bush. I drew. As I settled the pin, the words "take your time" went through my mind. My careful practice was paying off. I put the 20 just below where I wanted the arrow, as he was at 18yds. He was slightly quartering to me as well, so I held on the shoulder a bit, in that sideways V pocket the bone makes.