I have actually passed on 3 deer so far this year. All 3 were yearlings, 2 of them were bucks. I have never before passed on a good shot on anything! My wife is getting aggravated when I tell her I passed up a shot when she hasn't had many opportunities this year. She killed her first deer last year, and I killed 4 deer last year. 2 of which were really nice bucks. I just didn't have that heart pounding urge to kill the deer I had in front of me, so I didn't. Shotgun season is coming up this Friday here in IL, so I think I might be more willing to drop the hammer on something due to the fact that I can only use my gun tags for a limited amount of time, and it is getting closer to late season. I'd like to put some fresh venison in the freezer.
I have been seeing some bigger bucks though, and I know there are some real studs roaming my property from the trail cam pics/vids I've gotten this year. Hopefully I'll get a crack at something, but I honestly think I'll be just fine eating tag soup this year. I would like to get my wife a shot though, she's been feeling a little discouraged after seeing so many deer and not getting shots. She was actually 20 yards away from a buck while sitting on the ground last Friday, but there were too many weeds next to the creek to get a shot.
"When a hunter is in a tree stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God." ~Fred Bear