I'm an adult onset hunter, so this is only my 6th or 7th year hunting. I killed my first few with borrowed guns, standing behind a hay bale, and took em all to the processor. As time went on, it was a little like the stages of fishing: I just wanna get one I wanna get a lot of em I wanna get a big one I wanna get the one I want, the way I want to do it. Last year I got my first buck with an arrow, and for the first time I also butchered it myself, but so far, all the bucks I killed were forks. One big goal for this year was to kill a 'full rack' buck: out to the ears, 6 points plus. I really wanted to get one out of a stand I hung myself, on property I scouted, with a bow, but I also lost my main property and I just didn't get time to scout the others I've got lined up. Anyway, I did finally get this one with my own firearm, too, though not what I would have expected. I found myself with only a shotgun on hand, and so I killed the 8pt with a 1oz slug. It was a good quick kill, but on reflection, an embarrassingly bad shot--especially since it was under 20 yards. I also had a former student get in touch to ask me to take him to get his first. I was actually trying to do that on Saturday in Garrard County when I shot the 8 at about 7:06am. My boy couldn't have gotten a shot on that deer, but still, I felt terrible because we were supposed to be getting him a deer, and we didn't, so I was pretty anxious when we went back out that afternoon. We were on stand for about an hour when I spotted the deer, and I had to talk him through letting the deer step behind a tree, and come back out, and give him a broadside shot, but when the time came he drilled him. I think a lot of you will have experienced this, but I was so much happier and prouder of his 80 lb button buck than I was of my own, and I had a great time showing him how to gut, skin, and break it down--plus, I recruited another soldier into the orange army. Anyway, this is a lot of words for comparatively little deer, but I want to say one more thing: I've been reading on KH since I got started, and all of you have taught me a TON of stuff that has made so much difference in my hunting. I really appreciate this resource, and all of you. I'm probably done hunting in Kentucky after this year, but I'm always going to have beautiful, wonderful memories of killing deer in the bluegrass. If you're still reading, thanks for enduring. tl;dr: Two bucks down in Garrard.