So this is the story of what happen this past Wednesday. The reason of this post is duel purpose. I want to tell the story of this deer and also would love to hear the opinion of each of you. The good, the bad, it doesn't matter, just your honest opinion of what you might have done. So this started over the summer as a buddy I hunt with got great pics of this buck in a marsh. He looked great in velvet and he was the biggest buck on the property this year. He wanted to hunt him, but like most bucks he disappeared and moved right before shedding velvet. I made it a mission to try and locate him and hunt him. I would say 75% of my hunts were geared to locating him. Mid October I started finding his sign showing up, but could not get eyes on him. He moved a lot and never seemed to bed in one location for long. I finally got some intel from another member, he was getting trail cam pics of him almost every day, one hour before and one hour after day light. This meant he was really close! With this new intel I was able to find a lot of fresh sign, but still could not get eyes on him. I keep moving and hunting every thicket in the area and scouting more time then hunting. Some days I would scout 2- 3 hours then hunt the last 1 -2 hours of light, but still couldn't put the pieces together. So Finally on Wednesday November 7 I decided to check my only camera I had out this year. I placed it in a know doe bedding area and has been a proven spot to hunt during the rut. Shot my buck last year from this spot. Its about a mile from where I believe the buck was spending most of his time in early season. I got 3 day light pics of him on the Sunday before, so I know he was on the move and felt I had a good chance at him now. So Im on a big high and cant wait to get after him! Then 30 minutes later I get a text, its from another club member saying they are tracking a buck that was shot at the night before. He described the deer to me and Now I know its the same buck I just got pics of, so now a big low. I was happy for the hunter and keep in contact as they tracked. Great blood for 50 yards and then it just stop cold. The arrow had blood and guts on it. They tracked the buck that night and lost the blood really fast, I feel that was a big mistake, and pushed that deer off its bed. Several guys went out the next morning grid searching, but no one could find him or blood and they gave up before 11 am that morning. So Im at work and just keep thinking about that deer and know he is in there somewhere. I finally decide to leave work at noon and give up my afternoon hunt and dedicate it to finding that buck. I start looking at about 1 pm and start about a mile out from the shot, kind of did it backwards, lol. I checked every thicket I could find, and run up and down every ditch and walked every creek I could find, Nothing! There were 3 other guys that decided to go out and look again also. I ended up running into 2 of them and they showed me the blood trail, Holy cow it was massive. constant blood that never stopped for 50 Yards and then stopped at what looked like a bed. So they all left and went hunting and I keep pushing on. I zigged zagged every thicket and walked every point of every ridge in there. It was almost 4 pm now and decided just to sit down and eat and drink alittle and regain my thoughts. I pick a log up in the woods that was on the edge of a transition of nasty thicket and open hardwoods. As Im walking up I spot a rack in the edge of thicket just on the other side of the log. Throw up binos and instantly know its him. He knows Im there and stands up, but just freezes! He is motionless. I use 2 big popular trees to block his view of me and I move very quickly up to him. Im within 15 yards of him. I pulled my bow back behind tree and lean out. As soon as I do I notice he is facing me and I just looked down my arrow, because he was too close to use my sights. I shot in seconds and hit directly in the heart and he dropped right there, never took a step! I watched him for a minute while he kicked and thrashed, but he gave up quickly. I was so lucky how it all happen and he didn't bolt. This all happened in less then 30 seconds. I be honest, I didn't think he would still be alive. I was looking for a body. Thankfully I brought my bow. This was 24 hour after first shot and he was very much still alive. So Now the situation at hand. What do I do with the buck? Is this my kill now? Do I contact the hunter and give it to him? So I talked to the other guys that were hunting that night and all but one of them said the same thing. That its my buck, I finished the hunt and I should keep the buck. The hunter that shot it first did give up on him that morning and no intentions on coming back and looking for him. I called the hunter after I got out and he was relived that someone found him and he gave me congratulations. So I made my decision to keep him and use my tag. This is not the way I would like to take a buck, I always love taking them on my terms. But there was no way I could leave him out there, know he was going to die and be left to rot. Pics to come below!