I had a great start Opening morning at 7:20 I had a doe go thru and at 7:30 a good buck was coming straight at me. He turned and started trailing the doe and I got a broadside shot at 75 yards. I fired and the deer went down, I watched him for 10 minutes and he wasn't moving. I started packing up my stuff to go get him and 4 does started coming down the hill toward him. I was watching them and when they got about 40 yards from him, he got up and went into the thicket before I could get my gun picked up and on him. I could see his rack thru the brush but I could not get a shot thru the thicket. The does turned and walked back the way they came from and I saw him bed down. I waited until 10am before I moved and I saw him get up and I tried a shot at him thru the brush, but he just kept moving up the hill deeper into the thicket. I pulled out hoping he would go and bed back down and expire, I came back at noon and started looking for him, but after 2 1/2 hours of looking and only finding good blood in the area where I first shot him and in 3 beds I lost blood. I searched the hillside and the creek for more sign but could not find him or anymore blood, plus if he kept moving the way he was going he would be on another property and I did not know who owned it to get permission to search their property. It still makes me sick thinking about losing him, this is the first time I have lost a deer since I first started hunting 25 years ago. But here are a couple pics of deer that my hunting pals took on opening day in Pendalton Co.