Hmmm, , , I have had many funny (embarrassing) stories in my hunting career.
In 1999 I was archery elk hunting in CO. I had been hunting elk with a bow for 3 years and had not yet had much success. I was hunting from a tree stand for the first time and had been sitting still and quiet for few hours when I heard rocks "clicking" from behind me. Then I heard what sounded like a horse stripping & chewing grass. The sound kept getting closer & closer until finally, it was right below me. I slowly moved my head to look down & there is a bull elk right at the base of the tree I am sitting in! He was just an average bull but he looked HUGE
My heart started pounding and I was breathing as hard as if I had just run a 4-minute mile! I had my bow in my lap with an arrow nocked. If I could see either of his eyes, I didn't move. As the bull fed slowly below me, I managed to get the bow up & drawn without being seen or heard. As he was feeding straight away from me, I was able to come to full draw. Now all he has to do is turn one way or the other. He finally turns to his left & stops in front of a down spruce log at about 18 yds. Perfect! It doesn't get any better than this!
I put my 20 yd pin right behind his left shoulder, about a third of the way up from the brisket, and released
The broadhead buried into the log an easy 10 inches below the elk. He jumped straight up in the air like a bucking horse and came down, took a couple steps, looks around for a few seconds, and went back to feeding
Now, I am really rattled! As the bull is feeding, I manage to get another arrow out & nocked. By this time the bull has fed around to the back side of the log.
When the bull put his head down behind the log to feed, I drew, aimed, and released. At the sound of the shot, his head came up and my arrow GLANCED OFF HIS ANTLERS, WENT STRAIGHT UP INTO A TREE, RATTLED AROUND AND CAME BACK DOWN AND WAS STICKING STRAIGHT DOWN IN THE GROUND!
The bull didn't hang around after that!
I sat in that stand four a couple hours just shaking. Finally, my hunting buddy comes in to check on me. He sees the arrow sticking in the log, and then the second arrow sticking straight down in the ground, the elk divits in the ground where the bull jumped and blew out of there. He then looks up at me sitting in the stand, shakes his head, and asks me what the blank happened. I don't think he believed me.
I'm not sure I would either!
If you hunt long enough, Buck/ Bull Fever happens to everyone!