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Old 12-03-2013, 05:34 PM
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Pidly deer have a lot less guilt. A nice buck not recovered would have haunted you forever!
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by hardwoodhank View Post
I've had more luck with my bow this season, but no doubt that if I had a rifle or my smoke pole I would have been dragging him out Saturday without a really nice shoulder mount, because there wouldn't have been much left of the front of his head if I took the head shot. Even the neck shot wasnt a guarantee, he was barely visible except for ears and a real nice rack. It would have still been a blind shot to go for his body, and he was a haus of a deer. I can see a wounding shot where he still goes out the other side of thicket left to die. No way to get to other end without a mile trek around the deep ravine and 7 ft tall briars and straw grass.

He showed up like clockwork this morning but wind was different, or he knew I was there and disappeared in the power lines before daybreak. Left me with a little spike instead, so with 20 degree temp, I didn't come home empty handed.

I know his core area and will be hunting him this season, and if he gives me an opportunity I would love to put an arrow in him rather than bullet. If I shot a firearm in this honey hole, it would be cleared out for a while. That's another reason I chose my bow for this kind of hunt...stealthy!
LOL, OK...didn't know you didn't even have a view of his neck. That's my favorite shot with my ML but would never attempt with my bow. Talk about bang/flop.

Anyway, you definitely made the right call. Hope you bag him!

Edit: Now that I think about it, what bullets are you using with your ML? I have shot 3 in the neck with my ML this season and could have had any one of them mounted if I would have liked. Now, if you're using a bullet like the Nosler Ballistic Tip, that would leave a tough job for any taxidermist to undertake. I use the Speer DeepCurls and have never had to track a deer, nor have they exploded enough to ruin the pelt.

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Old 12-28-2013, 05:11 AM
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Like the man said, you get to hunt him again!

Where was the obstruction to your line of sight? I'm wondering if the arc of the arrow could have made a lung shot possible.

But 72#'s at 31 inches! If you were sure you could hit the center half of the neck - is that not a sure kill? Either break the spine or sever the big neck arteries. I'm not nearly that good a shot, especially out of a tree (not that Id ever be up one, except for the figurative kind) but you might be.
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