First let me say, I am a veteran hunter with many animals shot over the last 35 years.
A few years back I was deer hunting our property when massive buck showed up along with several (8) other deer all within 40 yards of me. They were all very alert due to my neighbor busting them out of the bedding area right toward me. I was nervous and feeling the pressure about getting the shot with all the eye's and ear's so close. As they started to leave I was able to get my bow back and proceeded to miss the brute at 5 yards. Yup, that's not a typo - 5 yards. The memory of this miss enters my thoughts often, maybe more so than animals I killed with a perfectly executed shot. It is really quite simple. I had buck fever. I want to hunt Africa so bad I think I have some fever already. I pee a little each time I see a pic/video of a Blue Wildebeest or Waterbuck or Kudu or Impala or....
So here is my questions.
Does going to an exotic far away hunt like Africa increase the pressure? Have you had an increase in fever with Kudu, Waterbuck, Nyala, Impala, Gemsbuck, Warthog, Cape buffalo, etc?
Does the memory of a miss haunt you also? What is your story of a memorable miss?
What have you learned from your misses? What tips do you have for maintaining composure when the pressure of the shot presents itself?