All the above are great tips. I think you will find everyone very helpful on this site. I am still new to the site but look at it everyday since signing up. The only thing I wouldd add is after the shot. If you are fortunate enough to take a shot, make a note of exactly what spot you shot the deer and the last spot you saw the deer. This could make a big diffrence in recovering your trophy. Your first instinct will be to climb out of the tree right away and start your pursuit. Don't make that mistake. Remain still and quite and allow plenty of time for the deer to expire. It can be a heartbreaker to shoot the deer of a lifetime and realize you are pushing it. This could be the diffrence between recovering your trophy or crying about the trophy you were never able to find. Take it from someone who learned the hard way!