Yes, I do know what a buck can do. I had my rifle in front of me and I was preparing. I think the problem was that he was in distress from being spooked and didn't know I was there. I sort of froze too.
I'll ask you this...have you ever shot an animal when it was not in season to shoot it? The BS you have to go through for it, so I was doing everything I could to not bring up the rifle.
It's also easy to play Monday night quarterback. No offense, but it's true.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" B. Franklin