He had yet to open the window of the blind or even nock an arrow. Fortunately, he was able to prepare for a shot without alarming the deer. “I aimed at his vitals and released the arrow. I couldn't see the arrow in flight or if it hit the buck. My gut feeling was that I'd hit where I aimed, but I wasn't sure. He ran off but I didn't see or hear him crash. So I sat down, got my cell phone and sent a text to dad, who was hunting about a quarter mile away, that I'd just arrowed a huge buck. We decided to wait an hour,” Swanson said.