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Be mentally in the game or stay home

Old 12-31-2007, 09:05 AM
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Saturday morning I finally got to hunt one of my best spots. At 8:06 I notice a large doe about 70 yds in front of me. I notice 5 more deer come to the same area. I notice the large doe(I thought) dogging two of the yearlings. My heart sank a bit, and from that point I was not mentally in the game. The deer were spooked off by something. At 9:30 I decided to get down, I took one last look and notice the 5 deer had returned. So I waited them out, and 30 mins later I had a large fat doe in range. About 12 yd shot.

I pulled my Ross back and was standing to close to the base of the tree. I whack my elbow on the tree. I never really got set, when I bent at the waist to shoot the deer my arm shot forward, being I was wearing gloves I did not revover and hit the trigger. The arrow flew about 10-8 feet to the left of the deer and right into a tree. The penitration was great for the rage[&:]. Thankfully I came no where near the deer. All five just stood there wondering what kind of idiot is in that tree. They went back to eating and I sat down and laugh at myself.

When I saw the antlerless buckmy heart and ego took a hit. I should have climbed down right then and called it a year in MI. I have since pack my gear, and I am throwing in the towel in MI. Going to take a week off and head to Ohio.

If I am going to hunt I owe it to the deer to be in the game, I am just thankful I blundered so bad I completely missed the deer.

After glassing the antlerless buck for 30 mins orso I was sure who it was.

Here's to you Mr. Mass, you kick my arse. Until next year, which for me starts Jan 2nd in MI. I have ordered 5 more stands, so I can hunt more spots to try and get him next year. I already have a plan of attack. Do some more scounting in Jan, but for the most part I know where to go.

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Old 12-31-2007, 09:15 AM
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Hang in there Germ, if your throwing in the towel in Mi you ought to get out there and find MM's sheds so you can include them in the pic of you next season with your hands around his rack when you bag him Good luck in Ohio!!
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:22 AM
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A well known bowhunting friend of mine once told me, Right when you think you have them figured out, they make an arse out of you.
Good luck in Ohio
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:36 AM
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I know what you mean, had a lack of mental preparedness (sp?) kick my butt on a big one this year. Something like that does help you to get focus back though.
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