Thank you Jake. Good luck bird hunting; I love South Dakota pheasant hunting. Haven't done it in awhile and used to go every year. Too much bow hunting I guess Rednas that is a stud of a deer. Congrats to you for that trophy. Can't wait to hear the score and story. I had a couple of long days in the stand and blew it on a decent buck yesterday. In all I saw four bucks yesterday and two does. I didn't see a thing until 12:00 pm when a big spike appeared right in front of my stand. Then nothing until 3:30 pm when I get a call from a doctor's office I've been waiting on for two days. All day I thought that if the call came I needed to take it and most certainly that would be when a shooter showed up. Well sure enough that preconceived notion came true. I got the call about 3:20 pm and almost didn't take it but since I hadn't seen anything but that one deer at noon I took the call. One minute later I look up and a wide, short tined 6 pt is standing in front of me looking into the bedding area to my left. "Oh no" I think to my self and then I hear rustling and a doe busts out. I told the lady I would have to call her back and hung up the phone dropping it in my vest pocket while grabbing my bow with other hand. All at the same time a 20" heavy 8 pt steps out and stares at the doe...and off she goes with him on her tail. I had just gotten clipped on the D-Loop and they were gone. The deer did not have long tines but he was heavy, wide and looked to be an older deer. I would have loved to taken him. The little 6 pt slowly walked by and then followed them. I chuckled at first but as the evening went on, it soaked in that I had over 70 hours in the stand waiting for that moment and then blew it. I kind of wanted to jump out of the stand...but then heard a deer coming behind me. I turned to see a 1" spike tracking the doe backwards past my stand just to rub salt in the wound. :D Today, I sat from a half hour before daylight until dark. I had a bobcat come in to 4 yards (my first) at 9:00 am followed by a doe that walked into the bedding area 10 minutes later. I later saw a doe and a buck too far away to get a good look at. Then at about 11:00 am a spike rousted the doe out and pushed her by my stand. I was hoping it was the wide 8 but it was not to be. At 4 pm another doe passed by and that was it. It was really cold all day and a long day. This stand has put me in a great spot as I have seen 7 bucks and 6 does in shooting range and 12 different bucks total. Tomorrow I will hang stands for the weekend hunt and if I get done quickly, I will hunt one more evening where I hunted today. Good luck ya'll!