We all have those animals that keep us up at night wondering, "what if." This deer is one of those for me. This is a buck we started noticing, as a 3-4 year old, had major potential. We hunted him for 4 years with only a couple sightings, failed stalks and a couple trail cam pics. He lived in a thick timbered area that had no vantage points to glass from and the only way to hunt him was to sit a stand or still hunt through the timber and small openings. Throughout the years, myself and other @randkhuntingco guides tried to just get lucky stillhunting this ghost. Year 4 I took one of my archery hunters into the area to check some trail cameras and told him we would take our time and slowly hunt the area on our way in, in hopes of catching him or one of the other good bucks from the area in the open. As luck would have it, as we made our way into one of the small openings in the timber, he suddenly appeared heading our way. We froze as he moved into 20yds and turned broadside feeding. I was in disbelief that this was happening. My hunter slowly raised his bow, drew, anchored and let an arrow fly. The buck kicked and took off, however after seeing the point of impact we both became sick. The arrow had hit 6-8" high, right above the vitals. I spent the next week searching for him with no luck. After a couple weeks, he showed back up on trail cam with the evidence of being hit but looking healthy.(as seen in the tc video) It was game on again come the rifle season as @hollywooddaveoo and I both tried to get our rifle hunters on him. Rick Kreuter @beyondthehunttv and I gave it our all the last few days of the season trying to turn him back up. Rick even passed a beautiful 30" 190" typical in hopes of taking this giant. The last day, last evening of the hunt, Rick got a quick glimpse of him sneaking back into the timber but was not given a shot opportunity. The buck had made it another season being smart and staying one step ahead....see rest of story in comments.