First, I have to say damn that was some good weather. Cold mornings and evenings and low winds. I couldn't have been happer with the conditions. Opening morning I was hunting 5 acres I'd never hunted before in hopes of taking a doe for the freezer. Once I was back there, I couldn't believe the noise of the frosty leaves falling off the trees. It was seriously raining leaves all morning so i knew it was going to be tough to here anything coming in over the racket.
It was a beautiful morning and I was freezing thinking that I wasn't going to see any deer but right at 8:30 I looked to my right and a spike was walking right to my stand only 15 yards away. I was startled and nervous at first, but then I kind of chuckled thinking that I'd just relax and watch him walk around. Just then I saw another deer behind him and this one had a rack. I immediately started to shake and figure out what my next move was going to be. Right when I was thinking about drawing the spike got wind of me and jumped back and started glassing the area looking for the source of the smell. He never saw me, but it made be really nervous to draw back. After a couple minutes of high tension I finally drew my bow back on the what I think was a 2 1/2 year old 8 or 9 point at 20 yards quartering away. I set my sight and pulled the trigger. They both ran off and after waching the big one walk off about 80 yards I started questioning my shot. I got out of my stand to find a clean arrow in the dirt. I couldn't believe it, I didn't know what went wrong! I told all my buddies he must have ducked the shot, but in reality i didn't know how I missed.
After heading back and taking contant harrasment and insults from my friends, I took some shots with my bow and found out it was shooting low and to the right. The crazy thing is that I was shooting great groups from 30 yards just last month, so what happened between now and then cost me a nice buck. Oh well, I'm taking it as a blessing as I still have my buck tag to use during the rut.
On another note, all my friends also saw deer this weekend, but none took any shots. Overall, I think it was a good weekend for movement, but no one saw any signs of chasing, just a bunch of scrapes and young restless bucks walking from property to property. I'm really looking forward to some good stories from you guys this season.