TalkHunting Community

Gone Hunting.. => Deer Hunting => Topic started by: AaronS on October 07, 2014, 03:03:54 PM

Title: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 03:03:54 PM
Here's the story I almost didn't write.  I know it happens to a lot of us sooner or later (this isn't the first time for me), but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow.  I also hesitated writing because I hate giving any ammo to the antis.

Saturday started out as one of those hunting days you dream about.  A cold front moved in Friday, and we went from highs in the mid 80's Thursday to a high of 59 Saturday.  We had a strong wind out of the west, the sun was shining, and the deer were enjoying it as much as I was.

7:30 Central time I see movement downhill from me and it turns out to be a bachelor group of 4 bucks.  There was one 1.5 year old 4 pointer with a 12 inch spread, a 3.5 year old 8 pointer with a 17 inch spread, a 3.5 year old 10 pointer with a 16 inch spread, and a 4.5 or 5.5 year old 8 pointer with a 20 inch spread.  I watched through binocs as they fed on acorns and browse 60 yards below me for almost 30 minutes.  I tried calling but they weren't interested.  They eventually fed off into the thickness of the neighbor's wood that was logged 2 years ago.  10 minutes later a small 5 pointer came through.  He even looked at me and smelled my tree.  Then 35 minutes later a spike and 2 does come in, feed a few minutes under the persimmon trees next to me then leave.  Thatís 8 deer, 6 of which were bucks. 

Around 9:45 I decided to sneak out.  I knew with the high wind I could get out unnoticed, and that I might be able to get back in to the same stand that evening and cut off the bucks on their way back to my food plot.  One can hope, right?  For once, a plan actually worked.

3:30 found me back in the stand.  At 4:40, I saw the smaller 8 pointer feeding below me at the same spot the bachelor group had fed that morning.  He eventually fed off to the east.  An hour later he was back in the same spot.  I watched him for a while through my binocs, wondering where his 2 friends were.  After a bit I heard something, and it took a minute for it to register that it was 2 bucks sparring on the edge of my plot.  I searched but there were too many trees and leaves between them and I to see them.  After a couple of minutes they quit and moved further into the plot where I could see them.  It was the 10 pointer and the big 8.

By then the wind had died down, so I gave a couple of loud grunts.  Iíve never had bucks respond as good as these did!  They came right into the woods and headed my way.  That stand is 80 yards in from the plot, and the big 8 stopped half way to me to rub a sapling.  Heíd take a few steps and scan the area for the ďother buckĒ, then come a little closer.  He stopped and rubbed another sapling about 20 yards from me.  He was quartering towards me and was behind limbs, so I had no other option than to wait (and shake).

He soon headed toward the persimmon trees and I drew my bow when he passed behind a tree 10 yards away.  Just like that he changed his mind and turned, moving to my left.  He paused for a bit in the brush, but soon stopped right in the middle of my mowed lane, 15 yards in front of me.  I settled the pin where I wanted, pulled the trigger, and watched him run off with the vast majority of my arrow hanging out of his shoulder.  I somehow apparently caught part of the shoulder blade and only got a few inches of penetration.  I was (and am) sick.  I was able to trail him about 300 yards before he stopped bleeding, and never did find my arrow.  I found online today who owns the property in the direction he headed, so Iíll call them tonight to ask them to call me if they find him or my arrow.  I fully expect him to heal up because Iíve seen deer hit there heal just fine in the past.  Heíll be sore and limping, but should heal up and still chase does.  At this point I pray that I see him again and have the chance to redeem myself, but this stinks.  I wonít guess his score as an 8, but I know if he would be a 10 pointer with the frame he has, heíd score in the mid 150ís.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 03:23:36 PM
Happens to us all, maybe not on a buck like that but it does.  I have creased my share over the past 39 years.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 03:23:44 PM
You are right. Most of us have been there and if you haven't, you will eventually. Nothing I can say to make you feel better about it but it does show your character that you are upset..  Maybe you will have another shot at him.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 03:30:07 PM
tough one....it does show character that you "feel" it....hopefully he survives and you get another chance...don,t beat yourself up as it is a game of inches and it happens
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 03:33:01 PM
Been there, done that as well. Yes, your character as a true outdoorsman is exemplary because it bothers you. It would for any of us but unfortunately it does happen and we deal with it, sometimes a lot more internally than we show. He will heal to fight another day and you will heal also to fight another day. It does take the steam out of us for awhile though, I do remember that. Get back out there. You don't need to 'redeem' yourself, just go out and be who you are and another opportunity will present itself!
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 04:19:55 PM
I agree with everyone else here. Don't beat yourself up. It has happened to all of us. Sure you feel bad that shows your an ethical hunter. Congrats on that and be proud of it. My stand partner took a beauty of a 10 point a few years back. It had an arrow stuck through its left ham, broadhead and fletching still intact. Amazing he had survived but he did.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 04:48:09 PM
Sorry to hear your story, but it happens to us all sooner or later> Still hurts!!
Better luck next time out----maybe he will show up again!? @--0--0101
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 07, 2014, 04:56:03 PM
like everyone said, it happens. doesn't sound like a lot of penetration. my bet is he'll lay low for a few weeks and be good as new. that's the good news anyway

good luck. hopefully you get another crack at him
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 07:35:42 AM
It happened to me for the first time last year.  I still replay it in my head trying to figure out what went wrong.  In the end it is what it is, as everyone else has said, eventually it happens.   We can practice all we want to perfect our skills but while a target is immobile the hunting environment is totally dynamic and unpredictable.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 07:49:46 AM
It does happen, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.
Just curious. What is your bow set at, and what broad heads are you shooting?
I blew threw a shoulder blade at 15 yards once.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 08:59:58 AM
Thanks everyone.

It does happen, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.
Just curious. What is your bow set at, and what broad heads are you shooting?
I blew threw a shoulder blade at 15 yards once.

Bow is set at 70 pounds, 31 inch draw, shooting 100 grain 4 blade Slick Tricks on the end of a carbon arrow.  I can see not having an issue with a younger deer but this was a tough old guy.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 09:17:53 AM
Yep, sounds like that should work?
Those big boys are a different animal that's for sure.
Better luck next time.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 10:22:27 AM
I did the same thing on a doe last year. Saw her on camera just a couple of days later doing just fine.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 10:23:07 AM
It happens to everyone sooner or later, but sounds like he will recover with few or no effects
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 10:53:24 AM
Sorry to hear been there...they are tough..
I once shot a 7 pt dogging a doe....I had a beautiful huge 8pt I was waiting to come in for a shot just 30 yrds from me when a doe brought the 7pt in...his rack was all messed up and he was limping when I saw what I thought was a arrow shaft sticking up between his shoulder blades...I took one last look at the 8pt said have a nice day and shot the 7pt...he barely flinched and walked away...When I got to him It was apparent that he had been hit by a car...still in velvet during the summer. His ribs broke, sending one up and half way out of him...the front left side was a mess when we skinned him and his hide and meat looked funky leathery  under the hide..and like he managed to fight off an infection...I drove him to the DEC and turned him in for a new tag...

So I'm sure if the arrow didn't work it's way in to either bleed him out or take lung and you find him...then he'll be fine...Good luck
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 11:49:42 AM
That is no fun. I have been there and did that more times than I like to admit. Keep your chin up and redeem yourself.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 11:55:02 AM
That's rough Hoss but it happens- You will see him again unless somebody kills him. Them big bucks are tough! Maybe you'll get a redemption shot in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 12:20:03 PM
I have nothing to say to you that will make you feel any better, but I hope you get another chance at him.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 08, 2014, 09:33:15 PM
Don't worry same thing happened to me last year.  Had a 4.5 year old 7 pointer come in and I shot over his back on Friday, shot him directly in the shoulder bone only getting a few inches of penetration Saturday, Sunday went out looking and saw him bedded with a doe, and during gun season a friend of mine shot him about 4 miles away with a club foot on the opposite side.  He was still chasing does in the field when he got shot.  You could see the rage cut on his shoulder blade in the skin! They are tough animals and he will be back to running does in no time!
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 09, 2014, 08:57:19 PM
Don't worry and be happy you ain't me. 4 does, only recovered one! "Just the weirdest hunting season I ever had, ever!
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 13, 2014, 07:16:35 AM
I spoke with the owner of the neighboring property last week and gained permission to look on his land.  My wife and I went up Saturday and found what was left of the buck in tall weeds on the far side of a pasture.  The coyotes and vultures ate good last week.  It added even more disappointment to the situation because I really thought and hoped he would heal up.  Apparently the shot caught more than just shoulder blade.  I tagged him and checked him in online and am done buck hunting for the year.  I may take a doe if our sons don't get anything, but I'll only be shooting bucks with the camera.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/aarons47575/20141011_130809_zpsymgh5pik.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/aarons47575/media/20141011_130809_zpsymgh5pik.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/aarons47575/20141012_173139_zps0iizudbz.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/aarons47575/media/20141012_173139_zps0iizudbz.jpg.html)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/aarons47575/20141012_173246_zpsc5dmstns.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/aarons47575/media/20141012_173246_zpsc5dmstns.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 13, 2014, 08:26:22 AM
I know a few that probably would never have tagged it.   Well done Sir, as disappointing as it is.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 13, 2014, 07:43:37 PM
that's a dandy. how far did he go after you lost his track? were you able to figure out the arrow path or was it too messed up?

glad you were able to have closure. did you put a tape measure to it?
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 13, 2014, 08:35:25 PM
Sad story, but you are a true sportsman and I'm proud to say that I know you. I'm glad that you were able to at least recover the antlers. They aren't much for table fare but a good conversation piece of another memorable hunt.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 14, 2014, 07:30:57 AM
We found him about 200 yards past the last blood spot.  The arrow was stuck in the ground where he had laid down or fallen.  The broadhead was missing, it looks like it unscrewed.  I looked for it but couldn't find it anywhere, and I assume coyotes drug off the leg in question because it was missing.  No I haven't measured and probably won't for a while.  I boiled the meat off the skull last night.  There's still a little left to clean up but I won't be able to get back to it until this weekend at the earliest.  I'll post an updated pic after it's all cleaned up.
Title: Re: Great day turned to crap
Post by: [Blocked] on October 28, 2014, 07:10:56 AM
Here's the last update.  Boiled, bleached, and hanging in the living room.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/aarons47575/20141027_160101_zps8cdc9ce9.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/aarons47575/media/20141027_160101_zps8cdc9ce9.jpg.html)