Archery season opened here in Northern California last Saturday. Went out late today to chase an extremely large blacktail buck I had seen about four weeks ago. Did my indian imitation, snuck around the woods keeping well up wind of where I was headed and then sat at a crossing in the area I knew the buck frequented. Sat there for about two hours in the last heat of the day and had a passing parade of deer, turkeys, and various other wildlife, all going to a small water source just down the hill. Great place. Just about the time my butt was growning blisters the big one came down the path....... I haven't shot my bow much in the past year due to shoulder problems but last season I had no problems getting a buck and this last spring I garnered in a nice tom turkey with it. The buck stopped broadside, looking the other direction, at 22 yards. I raised the bow and tried to draw back. Dang!!! A tear in my rotator cuff and my strained long bend tendon let me know that I won't be using my bow the rest of this year. I couldn't even get it half way back. I must have groaned with the pain because the buck looked directly at me and then was just gone.....I mean just disappeared....like a puff of smoke. He was a 5X7 and probably would have dressed at over 140 lbs...a monster for blacktails in this area. Oh well, he'll probably make good babies for future hunters. I doubt he will lower his guard again. It has been my experience that once you bust a big buck like that they just fade into the landscape for the rest of the season, seen by no one. I wish I had taken a picture first...no excuse I had the time. This is an archery hunting only ranch so no one will get a crack at him with a rifle. That's the good news. I'll find out about the bad news from my Othropedic Surgeaon next week. Now, if I can find a cure for ugly I'll be set for the rest of my life.