I fully realize that this was a lucky hunt. I’ve interviewed lots of expert bowhunters who have stressed the need to “put the time in” and the importance of “doing your homework.” And yes, scouting hard, doing property work before the season, and spending time in the stand are the best ways to consistently shoot mature deer. These deer experts have taught me all kinds of tactics about setback stands, rut phases, and the psychology of buck behavior. But I think all those expert deer hunters would agree that, if you have a hunch, a gut feeling, or you’re just feeling lucky, you should roll the dice and just go for it. If you feel good about a stand, go hunt it. If you feel good about a certain day of the week, call in sick to work and go hunting. You should make your own best days of the rut.