My girls have finally reached the age that they are done with travel soccer! Those of you with kids in sports know the journey. With soccer it was two practices and at least one game each per week for each kid. With the soccer schedules cutting into hunting, the past decade I had given up any notions of QDM and worked to fill tags during my limited hunting time available. I might have one sit (am or pm) per weekend. The good news is my tags would get filled, the bad news is I would be tagged out before the rut started and would miss out on all the glory of chasing and big buck opportunities. This year I had some time to hunt and returned to selective harvest. I got to enjoy the first week of November and enjoyed two days of hard chasing. I had one opportunity on a 120" symmetrical 8 point at 12 yards but alas he took the "wrong" trail and I had no clear shot. Just to be in the woods when the big boys are patrolling was fun again. The draw back to QDM is tag-sandwichs! I am eating two buck tags this year and it tastes like crap! I did my part as conservationist and filled three doe tags so the freezer is full but there is an empty feeling of not feeling antlers in the hand. Lets hope the rest of the winter is mild. Seeing yearlings out in the middle of fields during daylight hours makes me think deer are stressed already. Next year I am turning 50 and I am treating myself to a bucket list Kansas bow hunt with a friend that lives out there. Can't wait.