This was my first season deer hunting. I spent the morning in a hollow sitting against a tree. Absolute silence until about 10 and then I hear crashing and hoof thumping coming from the right hill. Two does cross the creek and sprint up the hill on the left followed by this buck. I made some noise to try and get him to stop. He turned towards me and stopped, maybe 30 yards out, behind some trees. By this time I had my sidelock cocked and set the trigger. He took a few steps forward and came into view, looking straight at me, quartered. Took the shot and saw him turn and run back the way he came, but his front leg was buckling and he disappeared into the creek. I reloaded and made my way towards where I saw him last and when I came to the creek I could see a spot of white. He had run maybe 40 yards and then collapsed. This 9 point buck exceeded all my expectations for my first deer, and I had the shakes while trying to take these pictures. I had to drag him 3/4 of a mile back to the car by myself and that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, talk about tired. I gathered a lot of info from this forum, I want to thank all of you for helping me.