I almost missed the day I've been waiting for. Somehow I lost a day this week. I've been planning to be in the woods all day for the Nov. 1st black powder opener. Thinking that it was Friday, I was sitting here BSing with my BOC brothers at noon when a customer called told me it was Saturday, not Friday!! I couldn't believe it. I already had my hunting gear together, so I threw it in the truck and headed out for the hour drive to the farm I hunt. I had set a ground blind up at the edge of a hayfield on Monday. I had seen 17 deer near there that evening, so after a quick look around the rest of the property, I decided to hunt my new API blind for the first time. About 4:15 a little spike came out about 75 yards to my right and started feeding. I got out my can call and figured I'd play with that deer a bit. I let out 4 calls and set back watching the deer stomp the ground. All of a sudden I heard a crash right behind me, and as I turned my head, a big buck ground to a halt 8 feet outside the blind to my left. Before I could pick up my gun, he turned and ran off into the planted pines. All I could do was watch his butt disappear into the trees. About 5:45 I saw a deer peeping over the hill in the hayfield around 150 yards from me. As I watched it through the binoculars, two more joined it and started walking towards me. I was still watching them when they froze and stared in my direction. I couldn't believe they had seen me in the blind! I put the binoculars down and almost freaked out. There was a buck standing broadside 10 yards away right in front of me!!! That's what the does were staring at. I grabbed my Ruger and put the cross hairs on his neck. BOOM, he hit the ground like a bag of beans, and the three does ran back to where they came from. About 20 minutes later, I saw the does come back out to the field down hill and about 200 yards away. They gradually got a little closer, 150 yards out and were about to disappear again behind a small hill. I put the gun on a stick I had cut earlier and lined up on the biggest deer. At the shot, she dropped in her tracks. One of the others ran away but one came running to about 40 yards in front of me. When it finally wandered off into the woods, I went out to find a nice 9 pointer laying in front of me. With both deer still in the field, all I had to do was go get the truck and drive right up to them for loading. The day started off bad, but it sure got better fast.