For years, Earl had been attempting one of the most difficult hunts I know--bowhunting a giant whitetail buck. Over the course of six years Earl spent nearly seven weeks in tree stands near Edmonton, Alberta, trying to arrow one. He'd see them over the seasons but never in shootable positions. Then early one November day in 2003, after years of effort, it looked like it was going to happen. It was the last evening of a six-day hunt. Earl's tree stand overlooked a logging road at the edge of a woodlot by a grain field where a snowmobiler had just been buzzing around. But Earl remained upbeat and focused.