Navigating the last ten seconds of any encounter with game is an art form that only matures with practice. It is easy to be an armchair quarterback when someone else is telling you how the buck they were hunting gave them the slip at the last second. “Why didn’t you just (fill in the blank)” is a common reply. I remember one time I was spilling my guts about a big one that got away to a handful of bowhunters. When I finished one of the guys had ten things I could have done differently.
I sure couldn’t disagree with him; it was all good advice, but hindsight is always 20/20. Obviously, I should have had him in the tree with me coaching me through the encounter. What I needed was 20/20 foresight, and as I said, that only comes with experience and too many mistakes.