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Old 11-07-2007, 05:08 AM
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The story from the beginning...
Bow hunting only 12 feet high due to heavy cover and only four days access to very private property. Couldn't trim shooting lanes much. Winds gusting to 40mph. I would not have hunted in the wind, but it was my friends last stand before he went back home to Florida. He wanted to get his moneys worth of his nonresident antlerless tag.
A doe came in to 12 yards, head on and I was drawn back, ready to shoot. Took a long time for it to turn for a shot - eating accorns and pooping. Deer turned and I shot. Looked good, but something was wrong.
A little bigger than a pencil sized branch 1/2 way between me and the deer was shattered. Deer ran off. Fast. I waited, found theMuzzy end of my arrow stuck in the dirt - very little blood and a few white hairs.
Took down my stand and ladder, then looked for blood. Getting dark. Found a small amount 20 yards from where the deer was standing. Just a few tiny drops more and I lost the trail. Too dark, so I marked the trail and left for the night.Came back the next day and down to my knees to track the specks of blood for another 80 yards to a very dead deer.
I found the fletched end of mycarbon arrowstill embedded in the heart.
My thoughts.... The deer dropped to run at being hit. The bottom of the arrow stuck in the dirt and when the deer turned to run, that is what broke the arrow. The Blazer end of the arrow embedded in the heart killed the beating, thus no blood trail.
I was convinced I made a bad shot and probably would not find that deer. Just proves what we all know - DON'T GIVE UP! Jim
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:35 AM
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Good job and congrats. You made a great shot but when you plug up a hole of course theres not much blood if any. You didnt give up and you found her, congrats, lets see some pics of her.
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:10 AM
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:44 AM
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Congrats on a fine shot and not giving up when things didn't look so good!
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:03 AM
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You said that right! Don't ever give up folks!
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:47 AM
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Very nice shot...congrats on the deer!
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:57 AM
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Great job following through! This should be a lesson to anyone thinking they made a marginal or bad shot.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:00 AM
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Thats one way to make sure she doesnt go far. Congrats on the meat.... now mail some jerky this way!!
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