I assume this is for an overall grade. Well my first response would be..."overall" it is not even close to over so I am not sure. If I were grading to date I would have to give it an A. Sightings were pretty good then dwindled fast as we approached the gun opener here in IL. I missed my first big buck ever with a bow, then I wounded one two weeks later....both events that still make me queasy. However, my 8 year old killed a dandy 8 pointer, his first deer ever so no matter how the season ends I will consider it good. I think that responses to calling have been terrible compared to years past...I had one mature buck 200 yards out stop, look hard at my decoy and keep going...and he was alone. In the past I have been able to call a deer in like that without a decoy...and yes, the wind was well in my favor.
Since I have had opportunites on two trophy bucks I would have to consider the season a good one. I do feel I spent much more time in a tree though so sightings, as I stated...started well, but have been slim lately, should have been more frequent. I have until the middle of January to tag at least one good buck though and second gun season is not even here yet so I am not worried yet.
For all I know the year could turn into an A+ for me???
Bucks and does alike, if I ever lose the rush leading up to and after a kill, I will hang it up. Knowing me, that will never happen.