Personal note to Lot to Learn 2:
Don't let anyone pull your leg about not having a bow or gun in hand when a great opportunity (almost) falls into your lap ... I'm willing to bet, it's happened to most of us.
Matter of fact ... it's one of my favorite (fun) hunting memories. A buddy of mine and I were working our way up a small eastern mountain (3300 ft) where we had had success 3X before. It's steep though & heavily wooded; so much so, that 70 yards is a maximum shot.
As was our custom, we stopped about 1/2 way up for that last cigarette & coffee, as those odors travel a long way. Well, we crossed our rifles and leaned them against a tree just behind us and sat down as I opened the thermos.
I had heard that you could come within just a few feet of a bedded buck ... who will stay put as long as you keep moving. Well I guess that buck finally lost his nerve and came crashing out of the brush right behind us ... jumping right over our heads ... he looked as big as a mule.
We both dove for the guns and almost knocked ourselves out as our heads collided. We laughed for at least 15 minutes before we could get up again ... and, we had a great (funny) story to tell about "the big one that got away."
For me, that was one of my top 10 hunting memories.[:D]