I got up at 0-dark:30 this morning to find a Sitka Blacktail.
Turns out I got up too early for hunting. I hiked in by headlamp and had to sit tight 'till there was enough light to see crosshairs.
By 9 or 9:30 I'd hunted my way uphill, and was sitting half out of the rain in some hemlock branches at the edge of a snowy muskeg with a couple of scraped trees. I blew the call and counted off a little more than a minute. Then the next thing I knew, I woke up to see a buck 90 or 100 yards out, already most of the way across the muskeg, trotting for the trees.
I thumbed the safety and the scope caps, and raised the rifle in time to see the back half of the deer disappear into the trees through my scope. Only deer I saw all morning.
How about you? Any good stories of near misses on game you'd care to share?