I hunted public land in Williams co this morning. It sounded like WW3. This is my first experience gun hunting. Wow. Well, this guy came running into the woods from across the road and he was coming right towards me. Long story short, I suck at shooting guns and I finally hit him on the third try. He was only like 15 yards away and he dropped, got up and proceeded to jump in the creek and die, totally under water. He would have been a 10 point, but he lost some antler on one side. I hit my nose really hard with the scope and to make matters worse, I hit his stomach. Yes, he was eating corn recently. I felt really bad about that, but I also hit his liver. The creek was only 5 yards away. I feel as though I'm still intimidated by the gun so I'll have to work that out. I can say that I like bow hunting better. The deer was obviously panic stricken and I didn't care for that and I do know I should have expected that being on public land. Anyway, I'm thrilled with this deer even though he is not complete. Oh, and since I hunt by myself, I'm getting a friggin' cart. This deer was a challenge to drag out by myself.