No hunter makes a bad shot intentionally. Inexperience, buck fever, equipment malfunctions, and sometimes nature itself works to conspire against a hunter. When one or more of the aforementioned events happen, that particular hunting situation is forever imprinted on the hunter’s psyche. Events like these can ruin the remainder of a season for some hunters. He’ll replay the scene over and over in his mind searching for something he could have done differently, and as opening day of the following season approaches, he’ll toss and turn in bed reliving that nightmare hunt. The good news is that should that hunter encounter a similar situation on a future hunt, more than likely s/he’ll be successful because s/he learned from previous experiences.
Sure, it’s part of an old saying, but when you think about it, it’s really true. And in this case, it’s the truth. It all started almost a year ago, when I was having a cup of coffee with Dick Busha of Little Lakes Ranch, a whitetail preserve in Irma, Wisconsin. He casually mentioned that he would like to host a disabled war vet on a whitetail hunt, but he was having a hard time getting it put together.