Back when I got started in the early 80's, the herds were not what they were. Doe were fairly common, but a buck was hard to come by. Also I was a bow hunter. Also Ohio only allowed one deer tag per hunter per season. Also, I was stubborn. I wanted to get a buck, and I turned down one opportunity after another to bag a doe. As a result, it took four years to get my first deer.
Looking back on it, I certainly could have nailed a doe the first season. I might have been able to bag one the first weekend. I was passing on good shooting opportunities nearly every time I went out. On the other hand, I would have missed the whole rest of the season, and most of 3 seasons after that.
Now I have Mooseboy, #2 son. He bagged his first in his third season at age 12. He turns 16 this year and this will be his first season on his own. In the past, he's taken pot luck. However, he's announced that he's holding out for a buck. However, he's got two tags. My guess is that he'll hold to his pledge through early Muzzleloader season and all the way until Noon of the rifle opener. Whatever walks through next . . .