a clean arrow and no deer beats a bloody arrow and no deer, every time
Exactly. Yeah it sucks to have missed on one of "those" deer.....those special deer that we can't seem to forget, but it's much better to get a clean miss than a messy hit. Track a few badly hit deer in the dark and you'll be thankful for a clean miss. Missed one last year, shot clean over her back and sunk the arrow in to a tree. Stomach did the bowtie while I chewed myself out for rushing the shot, knew it was off as soon as I released. Very happy in the end for the miss.
Who knows, you just might get a second chance if you're lucky.
---Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.---
---Enlightenment is the ability to take infinite pains---