I was back home for Christmas, and the ground was covered in snow. Not too many things could keep me out of a tree stand. And the fact that it was Christmas Eve wasn't one of those things. Besides, our plans weren't scheduled to start until around 6:00 p.m., and it gets dark early these days. It had been a pretty tough year for me so far. I had hunted hard nearly every weekend since mid-October and hadn't even had the opportunity to draw my bow. This would be my last opportunity to fill one of the two tags still in my pocket with archery equipment. I had the video camera duct-taped to my bow's stabilizer, and I was ready to go.