I have missed big bucks with a compound bow and thought about giving-up all together. When the states of Virginia and Maryland made the crossbow legal , I bought the Parker Terminator Crossbow with hopes that I could finally make a good shot on a big buck. Using my Parker Crossbow I am proud to say I am a perfect 3 for 3. My Buck-of-a-Lifetime came on October 19, 2010 on a farm in Queenstown, MD in Queen Annes County. I just wanted a doe for the freezer and sat in my tree stand without expectations. I thought I would spend the day without seeing anything, a beautiful buck with a reddish-brown rack stepped into the food plot and headed straight for me. With the wind on my face and plenty of sun still on my back, I froze. He was too close! I couldn't risk movement... after 30 years of near-misses I assumed this too would end badly. The buck stepped back into the woods long enough for me to stand up, grab my Parker and take aim at a spot on the trail he was walking. When the cross hairs met the deer I had one final thought, I had heard it a thousand times, "right behind the shoulder." The sound was terrific, the bow sprung to life with the squeeze of the trigger, the ringing of the limbs as they released their energy into the arrow. A second sound followed almost instantaneously, a "thwack" like a baseball-bat, hitting a side of beef. I saw the wound behind the shoulder and watched the buck as he arched his back, tail down, dashing for cover. He took 2 strides and fell over 20 yards from my vantage point. Thirteen points were obvious, 2 more would be found later. I now keep my Parker Crossbow next to my bed.
E John Pantalone