Thompson decided to redeem himself and climb back into the stand over his Christmas break at home. It was the late season in north-central Texas and he had one more chance to punch a tag before time ran out. On December 22, a cold front hit that gave Thompson a quick surge of confidence. It wasn't long before the deer were off the bed and on the move along the creek bottoms just below his stand. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the buck he had been waiting for all season long stepped into a cleared shooting lane just seven yards away. Without hesitation, he drew his bow and rested the first pin on the buck's sweet spot before squeezing the release. The shot was perfect and a short tracking job later, Thompson found himself standing over his second best archery buck ever. Sometimes a lot of good hunting gets overlooked right in our own backyards. Way to hang in there Mike and turn your season around.