I guess I misstated about the taking a doe thing. My point was that you see 30 does to every buck around where I live, so in my area, its very common to be able to kill a doe. Im very happy that I was able to kill her with the bow though as I had never been able to previously. I went again last night back to the stand I took her out of, and didn't see a deer, but I replayed my previous hunt there over and over again sitting there, and Ive def taken quite a few lessons out of just that one hunt. I learned to judge my distance a bit better now (the main reason I missed the buck the first time) and I also know when to call it a night and not keep trying to convince myself I could see well enough to shoot a deer should they come by.
And yeah, here in NC, youve got 2 anterless deer (does and button bucks) and 2 hunters choice tags, so I used one of my anterless for her. Ive still got my normal 4 tags left for bucks and another for a doe, although I doubt I'll kill another doe this year.
When I first made my post, I was still pretty disappointed over feeling like I had let my dad down or something, although I've since figured out that of course I didn't. Dad always wanted his only boy to be a hunter with him, and I did in my early years, but then didnt go from the time I was about 16 until now, at 30. (Got married, moved away from home, lived in the city, etc) Ive since remarried, moved back next door to the house I grew up in, and all of a sudden, that instinct to hunt came rushing back, and I couldn't be happier to be back in the game. Im still waiting for that moment when I can call dad and tell him I brought down either the 8 or the 10 pointer that we have seen in that area though