This morning I was out deer hunting and I had two does and buck (antlers on one side) come out just shy of 550 yards. I was getting ready to pop on of the does when the buck chased them and they disappeared into cover. I had "Puff" (7mm Dakota XP-100) out and decided to use Holland's ART reticle instead of "twisting." Needed 9.25 MOA with close to bingo wind. My #6 reticle was 9 MOA-perfect! Somehow seeing the "6" I put the 6MOA dot on the buck (My scope has the MOA listed within the reticle 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21) Well, of course the shot went low and I clipped a front leg. Good thing is the deer will survive except for slight limp. Humbling thing is I missed because I made a drop chart that could be confused to easily. My next drop chart will not be listed by reticle number but only by MOA. This will ensure I don't make the same mistake twice. I had the time to twist the knobs if I had wanted but I wanted to use the reticle. Using the reticle is a lot faster than knob turning so it is great to have both options available. To add injury to insult "Puff" gave me an extremely light kiss on the upper third of my nose. Not noticeable and there is no torn skin or blood. Two mistakes in one shot opportunity I'm very frustrated with myself, but the good thing is both things will stick in my mind for a long time. We all make mistakes when hunting or in competition, but sometimes it is hard to own up to them. I think we need to let newcomers to the sport see our humanity or else they will think they are the only ones who are having problems. Well, that was my confession for the morning.