Well the end to my 2017 season arrived this morning in the form of ACL reconstructive surgery with meniscal repair. All went well. I hunted hard having this surgery looming over my head. Thanks to my wife for understanding, and taking care of our 3 young boys. The middle one actually got his tonsils and adenoids removed last Tuesday. My wife is a trooper! I did not get a deer this year but had two shots on mature deer early on. Both were clean misses. First the top limb of my recurve hit a tree limb. The second a forced shot through leaves (dumb I know). I had to cancel my trip out west with my buddies. It was a 10 day trip to spot and stalk muleys and whitetail deer in South Dakota. This was something new and exciting I was dreaming about for a year in advance. Everything was set in place and I had to back out for financial and physical reasons due to the surgery. My friends had an amazing trip putting stalks on several mature deer each. One connected with a 160 class muley. They say they are headed back. Next time, I will be there with them! I was also fortunate enough to hunt a weekend in Illinois, the golden triangle no less! Several pieces of land that one family friend hunts by himself. He has taken 3 booners and 25+ pope and young bucks. His basement looks like an exhibit at Cabelas! He claimed a deer over 200” was on the land this year. For me, it rained the entire time, a downpour the weekend through. Few deer were seen, however, just knowing the opportunity in that woods was a surreal feeling. It was an unforgettable trip with an open door for possible future hunts. Score! I ended my season swinging from an ideal tree, in a dynamite spot, with the first snow coming in. I didn’t hear a stick break in that 28 degree weather but I was content. I’m laying here in bed, already bored, looking at bows I want to buy, and dreaming of next years season in the saddle.