I will start. I am 0-7 on big game bow hunts. I have had my share of close calls and just cannot seem to put it together and get it done.
I have one close call with all three species that I have bowhunted.
Elk- A few years back I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to bow hunt Arizona unit 4B. It was a really tough hunt, but one morning we got in on a rut-fest with some of the biggest bulls I have ever laid eyes on. We worked in toward the herd and I found myself close to two 330 class bulls sparing. Both of these bulls were dandies and I would have been happy with either. I ranged the distance just before they pushed behind a tree. Being a rookie I waited for them to come back out, instead of sneaking closer. When they pushed back out I drew and let one fly. Left-right was dead on however they pushed out 10 yards back from where I originally ranged them causing me to miss low.
Deer- High country CO deer hunt. I glassed up 3 bucks in a basin with one bruiser 3x3. I waited for them to bed and went in for the stalk. I got above them and was working down towards them when I noticed the 3x3 chewing up a mountain mahogany bush. He worked right up toward me and he needed to take 3 more steps to be in an opening I could get a shot when he bedded down. Thinking this is textbook I ranged his antler at 15yards. Came to my knees and drew. He say me and stood, just as mule deer do. However, given the height of the brush and the curve of the hill, all I could see was his rack and face as he stared me down at full draw! I could only sit and watch in disbelief as he bounded off.
Antelope- I have a few with these critters but the one that haunts me most is with a stud of a buck. I had been watching him for awhile waiting for the best opportunity. In the afternoon he appeared to be working his way to a stock pond to drink. This was perfect because there was a small set of ridges that I could work behind and beat him there. Well I popped out to see where he was and he was on path that would have him cross at about 40yds. I knelt down and waited. Well he bedded. I noticed a path of yuccas that would allow me to get close. So I went for it. I ended up 20yds from this bedded buck and he had no idea I was there. Because of cover I decided to wait him out so I could draw while he fed, when out of nowhere he spun and had me pegged. Taking a last ditch effort I drew hoping he would stand just long enough to get a shot off. Just as I was settling my pins, he bolted.
I guess bowhunting is just as much about failures, as it is success. But man it would be nice to have a successful trip here soon. I guess I will keep after and one of these times my luck will turn around.