Hunting with a stickbow is never easy. But chasing deer that have been pressured for months makes things even tougher.
Close, but no cigar. As it often happens with late season deer, just when everything seemed to be coming together, the deer had a different idea.
Having hunted late season whitetails with a both a stickbow and a flintlock muzzleloader for years in hard-hunted Pennsylvania, I've seen a spooky deer or two. The key is to remember that hunts like this one aren't as much about killing deer as they are about having a great experience in the winter woods.