Anyone who has ever been at full-draw in a treestand has experienced the emotional roller coaster ride that comes with bowhunting. In many cases, it's a game of hard knocks that is often decided by a few yards or even a couple of inches. We have all had one of those heavy-racked giants with pop can bases just a few yards out of bow range. Some of us are probably still being haunted by the one shot that was a couple inches high and barely skimmed the top of a monster's back. However, there is nothing more painful for a bowhunter than making a bad shot that results in losing a mature trophy-class buck. In most cases, if you hunt long enough, that gut wrenching feeling is going hit you where it really hurts at some point in time. Just ask Jason Harvison of Tennessee how it feels to lose a big buck after spending countless hours in the field pursuing it. Here is Harvison's tragic bowhunting story and how he plans to redeem himself after a loss that still keeps him up at night.
During the 2008 archery season, Harvison had successfully patterned two nice shooter bucks. For months he had monitored the daily routines of both deer through a network of trail-cameras. Finally, the high-racked 10-point gave him the shot he had been working so hard to get.