Whitetail Deer Hunting Gain a better understanding of the World's most popular big game animal and the techniques that will help you become a better deer hunter.

Buck Down in Nebraska

Old 11-14-2012, 06:12 PM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 48
Unhappy Buck Down in Nebraska

So I shot a 4x4 at 200 yds, uphill, this evening around 5 pm. He ran about 75 yds (put another bullet in him on the run) and laid down in the field. I gave him 15-20 minutes with his head laying on the ground pointed away from me with no movement, when I decided to get out of my ground blind. Well, this was the wrong move! He gets up and does the run where he falls on his face, gets up, and repeats for about 100+ yds back up into his bedding pines.

It got dark on me, and without much moonlight, or a good spotlights, I couldn't do much in the thick pines. So, I left him for tomorrow morning.

I'm shooting a 25-06, 120 grain load, as it has done great for me in the past. The buck did the gimpy run where he could take some steps, then falls forward on his face, then struggles to get up. I know it is hard to tell, but did I just nick a vital or does that shot sound pretty fatal?!?!?! I know the first shot was solid and figure the second was decent as it knocked him down, but where the heck did I go wrong on this one?

First time I've had to leave a deer overnight and track the next morning, so I am anxious. I have bigger mounted on my wall, but I just feel crappy leaving the deer out there and the suffering bugs me a touch. Hey, I know it's part of the territory that comes with being a hunter, but dammit, I would rather have that buck just drop dead from one solid shot!

I do take some solace in the fact that he went back to the bedding area, which I am hoping will keep the coyotes away.

Any thoughts or advice? I feel pretty confident I will find him as I found a huge puddle of blood where he laid in the field. Just can't understand how he could go 200+ yds after taking a chest shot!

Thanks for the help, advice, stories, etc.
BPeterson is offline  
Old 11-14-2012, 06:19 PM
  #2  
Nontypical Buck
 
WV Hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Virginia / West Virginia
Posts: 4,906
Default

I'd say he's done. Never had a deer do that type of run that lived very long. Hopefully the yotes don't find him first. They are tough animals, amazing sometimes just how tough. Good luck and post your pics when you get him!
WV Hunter is offline  
Old 11-14-2012, 06:22 PM
  #3  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 48
Default

I will definitely make sure to post a pic. Any deer this strong deserves to be pictured and memorialized haha. That is one tough SOB after what I saw today!
BPeterson is offline  
Old 11-14-2012, 06:42 PM
  #4  
Super Moderator
 
Bocajnala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Trumbull County, Ohio
Posts: 7,689
Default

You should find him dead in the morning. Go in prepared for him to jump up and take off again though. But he'll be in those pines in the morning.
-Jake
Bocajnala is offline  
Old 11-15-2012, 04:47 AM
  #5  
Giant Nontypical
 
early in's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Mont County, Pa
Posts: 7,368
Default

We'll be waiting to hear how you made out finding him. Good luck to you. From your description, I believe he's a dead deer.
early in is offline  
Old 11-15-2012, 06:23 AM
  #6  
Fork Horn
 
Ohboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: yorktown,va
Posts: 283
Default

any update?
Ohboy is offline  
Old 11-15-2012, 10:08 AM
  #7  
Fork Horn
 
NebBuckHunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southeast Nebraska
Posts: 452
Default

I'd put money on it that he his dead. Sounds like he was hurt pretty bad and will die over night. Sounds like you may have taken his front shoulders out which is why he couldn't stay up. I'd say that is a pretty high percentage shot.

Update us on if you found him or not.
NebBuckHunter is offline  
Old 11-15-2012, 04:44 PM
  #8  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 48
Default

Well, definitely some ground shrinkage. Did find him, but unfortunately so did a pack of hungry coyotes! Literally ate the back half of my deer. Tagged him and he will end up being nothing more than a cape for a taxidermist and a set of horns to rattle with . Here's a picture, I don't do him any justice at 6'6'' and 320lbs, so keep that in mind that things are a little skewed on proportion haha!

Took out his shoulder through the chest and shattered the other leg. Second shot was on back end of lungs.
Attached Thumbnails Buck Down in Nebraska-photo.jpg  

Last edited by BPeterson; 11-15-2012 at 06:59 PM.
BPeterson is offline  
Old 11-15-2012, 05:07 PM
  #9  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 48
Default

Sorry for the sideways pic! It didn't make my wall, all three of these attached pics are Nebraska deer, but shhhhh keep my state a secret from the other hunters. Nebraska is a hidden gem!
Attached Thumbnails Buck Down in Nebraska-photo.jpg   Buck Down in Nebraska-img00130.jpg   Buck Down in Nebraska-img00131.jpg  
BPeterson is offline  
Old 11-15-2012, 05:08 PM
  #10  
Nontypical Buck
 
WV Hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Virginia / West Virginia
Posts: 4,906
Default

Nice buck, but now my neck hurts! LOL

Congrats, too bad the yotes got to him...but at least you found him. They are tough, thats for sure. Hard to believe he made it much of anywhere with the shots you stated.
WV Hunter is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.