Thank you for "perspective". This was a great thread. I see my pops fading. In fact i have said that on a couple of different threads on this forum over the last couple of years. He only hunts one blind - food plot and it is because it is 5 mins from the bunk house. It is a struggle for him to hunt even though he loves it. I need to be reminded that no matter what happens, the experience of being together is the joy not the trophies. Perspective is key!!! On Saturday night i sat on the north west side of a food plot with my dad in his typical ne side dog tent (i could see his tent from my stand about 150 yards away. We both have taken 8 pts already and we agreed before we went out that we would only shoot one of two targets in our pics and only if a good shot (broadside, 25 yards, etc.). The two targets are a giant 8 (probably 150 inches) and a nice 10 pt with a drop tine. Both have clearly been hanging around our property. (lots of pics). About 5 pm i saw a 2.5 year old 8 pt smaller than the bucks we both have already harvested. I saw him walking down the east side of the plot and immediately thought... oh no...please do not walk in front of his tent. oh no oh no... I knew he wouldn't be able to resist (caused by the combo of his aging/how his mind works now coupled with his 30 years in the 50s-70s hunting up north before I could walk where years went by without anyone in their camp seeing a single antler). He gets more excited when he sees a buck than my 8 year old does. I saw the buck turn in to the woods about 65 yards from where he sits and i thought whew... instead of going to the corner he cut in about 3/4 of the way on the east side. I turned my video camera off and watched this young buck walk in to the woods... a giant relief... as i really want my dad to get one of the giants... and as i sat and sighed i heard WHAP! His cross bow... with a glimpse of the bolt flying in to the thick woods (note... he was hunting the food plot which he shot over into the woods with no shooting lanes). We waited until right before dark. Luckily (for the buck) it was so thick his bolt bounced around in the woods. no blood on bhead, bolt or vane. clean miss. I was sooo mad. I really grumped at him on all levels.... wasn't the target, wasn't a smart shot, too far, no lane, walking, etc. I estimated the shot at 65 yards. And he said it less and his cb is "money" at 50 yards. Note, the food plot is 50 yards wide. So... it was at least 55 and more likely my estimate 65. I cooled off and we were fine by sunday, but this helps me with perspective. I need to remember, him shooting that 8 would of made him happy and who knows when he will see his next one. i need to remember that it could be he never makes it back to the woods... half of the time he misses a hunting sit it is because he is at a funeral for a friend who passed away. He says all of the time, our friends (and my aunts/uncles) are dropping like flies. Even if he does make it out more this season or next maybe he won't see another 8 pt. He talks all of the time that he waited 60 years for his first 8 pt. I need to check my purpose/objective of why i bought my place and the joy of just being together. I bought it to be together. bucks are a bonus. And any 8 pt (in fact a 7) is a trophy for him... I need to remember that!!! He has shot 3 now. But his next one that is an 8, even if a 100lb yearling will still be a big deal... I need to focus on that and keep PERSPECTIVE! Thanks for the punch in the face!!! I needed it!!!!