"I have been discretely tracking this deer for 4 years, trying to get one step ahead. The journey has been long, and the final chapter as intense as one would expect. Sunday afternoon I slipped into an area where I thought he might be bedding. The camera I had snuck in there did not even have a deer picture for the previous 12 days, but I had the strangest feeling that he was going to show up after I left, so I stayed.
I picked a tree for the climbing treestand that I had carried in, and climbed about 20ft. Thankfully, the first thing I did in stand was nock an arrow and ready my bow, because before I could even put my jacket on or hang my pack up, the buck was 20 yards away and closing!
I slowly grabbed my bow, turned the Tactacam on, and drew back as “Candy Man” passed behind some trees. I thought I was going to slip an arrow behind his ribs at 15 yards, but he quickly went from quartering to walking straight away. Just as I started to let me draw down, a small buck showed up below my. I held at half draw for a bit, then pulled back to full when the young buck got distracted. I held for over 2 minutes (according to Tactacam footage), just so the young buck wouldn’t spook. By the time “Candy Man” turned back towards me, physical fatigue was setting in. It was all I could do, physically and mentally, to raise my bow arm, and I literally stopped breathing. By the time I lined-up the Optimizer King Pin, tunnel vision was closing in fast. Everything outside of the sight window was black, but I could see the single pin and his shoulder. As soon as I settled on my spot, I touched off the trigger and momentarily blacked out. A second later, when oxygen made its way back to my brain, I saw the giant buck trotting away.
Double-lung and heart shot. Check Mate.
Honestly, I do not think that I could have pulled that shot off with multiple pins. So, yet again, I thank you and your crew for making the best bow sight on the market." Hunter: Thomas Mlsna
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