Finally had my chance.. AND BLEW IT

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  1. alfarah50

    alfarah50 Weekend Warrior

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    Never have I ever hunted more then I have this season. HOURS ON HOURS ON HOURS without seeing any of the buck I have on camera. Yesterday was different. I decided to switch stands midday due to the wind. About 100 yards from my stand I hear crashing thru the woods so I assume I bumped a deer so I immediately duck behind a stump. A doe runs the trail in front of me and I hear something else coming, it was a thick 8 I've been chasin for 2 years. I draw back, set my pin on his lungs and release. The arrow sailed right over his back... My sight was set on 60 yards (was practicing the day before) and he was no more then 20 yards broadside.. ROOKIE MISTAKE I KNOW. I have shot many buck before, but I thnk due to not seeing any in daylight this year I panicked and rushed and didn't set the pin. Although I couldn't capitalize, seeing him gives me hope! Good luck to all! GUN SEASON IS COMING IN PA!
     
  2. camo75

    camo75 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Makes you want to go back for more doesn't it!! The bucks are really after the does right now. Good luck a second chance could be right around the corner
     
  3. A5BLASTER

    A5BLASTER Weekend Warrior

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    I agree get back in the stand and hunt it hard you will get anouther shoot at him.
     
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    kurveball18 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Use it as a learning experience. I have forgot to change mine back as well but never let an arrow fly. I promise you wont make that mistake again.
     
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    TomTom1 Weekend Warrior

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    Keep hunting it happens
     
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    w33kender Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Better luck next time. Don't feel bad; I killed my first bow deer on 11/5 and then on election day, got busted trying to draw on two different does within five minutes of each other. LOL.
     
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    cantexian Grizzled Veteran

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    If buck was chasing a doe, I doubt that you spooked him too bad. Get back in there.
     
  8. bucksnbears

    bucksnbears Grizzled Veteran

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    Bummer.
    if you have about 4-5 hours, i can tell ya all the mistakes i've made:tu:
     
  9. MasterHunter

    MasterHunter Weekend Warrior

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    I made the same mistake 2 weeks ago..except I had my sight on 20 and thought the buck was 35 and aimed a tad high, went right over him..s*** happens, even to master hunter. Normally my kentucky windage is on.
     
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    bucksnbears Grizzled Veteran

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    you ai'nt much of a hunter if you misjudge by that far.

    sounds like you are just an arrow flinger??
     
  11. Worzeth

    Worzeth Weekend Warrior

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    Just one more reason why single pin sights suck ***...

    I missed a big buck once with a single pin sight because he was chasing a doe and by the time I ranged him. got the sight turned to 35 yards and got my release hooked up he was long gone. Switched back to a multi pin sight the next day!
     
  12. MasterHunter

    MasterHunter Weekend Warrior

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    arrows flying all over the damn place...to be fair the buck snuck up on me, had little time to react and had to letter' rip while I could.
     
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    Bowsage Weekend Warrior

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    UH....."Kentucky windage" would be left/ right , high /low would be elevation there .............Hunter
     
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    DeepSouthDad Weekend Warrior

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    This is why I don't go single pin. Even if you had remembered to adjust he may have been gone before you could.


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    early in Grizzled Veteran

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    I couldn't disagree more. It has nothing to do with which sight you're using, that's just a case of operator error!
     
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    alaska at heart Weekend Warrior

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    I have been back and forth with single and multiple pin sights for the past several years.....both have advantages and disadvantages. Like the OP, I have forgotten to change my single pin back to 20 yards, but it was at home which caused me to shoot an arrow well over the target....lesson learned. Most who use a single pin know how to gap for reasonable distances, which a multiple pin user also does because pins do not cover every concievable range in the woods. If you are hunting from a stand, ranging ahead of time can remove the necessity of doing so on the fly when an animal is walking in. I killed a doe at 30 yards with my 20 yard pin this fall by knowing my setup and the distances around my stand. When still-hunting or stalking, things are much more dynamic and the hunter needs to develop the skills to be efficient. Everyone makes miscues in the woods....:confused:
     
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    early in Grizzled Veteran

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    This advice is spot on!
     
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    Pine tops Weekend Warrior

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    It happens to best in some sort or way. At least you know he is still in the area. Get back out and take him. Good luck.
     
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    vermontwhitetail Grizzled Veteran

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    Next time. Go back and get him!
     
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    mississippi hoyt shooter Weekend Warrior

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    It happens man better luck next time ..... Your season can change in a matter of mere short seconds
     

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