To answer Swamplife, and Charlie 01:
Long story short, and not that interesting of a story, I missed my first shot. I hate to admit it, but I did. I waited for awhile, because I thought I had actually hit him. After a few minutes, I thought I could hear him crash. (power of suggestion, I guess). I decided to get down and look for blood.
I unloaded my shotgun, and turned to step down onto my ladder to exit the stand. As I did, I looked through a fork in my tree. Behind me at a slight angle to my west, I saw the buck staring at me. Initially, the buck had been about 80 to a hundred yards away. When I saw him, and realized he was unscathed, he was at roughly 40 yards.
He had traveled in a circle and had never left the doe that he had been tending when I fired my first shot. I did not see her, but knew she was there. I kept my eyes on the buck, while I slipped a slug from my pocket. Since my gun was empty, I dropped the shell into the chamber and slid the slide shut. I immediately held steady where the neck meets the chest/shoulder and squeezed (this time). He dropped like an anvil hit him in the head.
When I left my stand, I heard the doe hightailing it out of there. If I had waited a few minutes before exiting, I think I could have had another deer.
Both the buck and the doe had bedded down behind my stand the day before. I guess I am all out of second chances. But, I will still keep my fingers crossed.
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