Ok. Got my wish today. About 45 minutes before dark I had two nice bucks come within 15 to 20 yards of my stand. I saw them in plenty of time as they were sparring with each other on the trail I had set up. Could not ask for a better opportunity. My only mistake I can recall is I did not try and stop the bucks as they passed through my shooting lane. I settled my 20 yard pin in the lane and let the buck walk into it. I let loose with what I thought was a pretty good shot. The buck took off like a scalded cat circling back to the place from where it came, but I never actually saw it go down. The other buck took off as well but didn't take the same path.
Got down and started searching for my arrow, but could not find it. I didn't see it sticking out of the deer, but it turned the impact side away from me when it ran. I waited 15 minutes or so and then gave a search of them immediate area for any blood sign and found none. Now I have no arrow and no deer. I decided to back out and come home for the evening. I'll look tomorrow morning. We have our first frost warnings so it should stay cold enough to keep the deer if it did go down and I just didn't see it. Or I gut shot it and I'll need to walk the ditch banks and scout the water holes.