How do you typically respond to a miss?

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  1. BJE80

    BJE80 Legendary Woodsman

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    So you missed. You shot over that bucks back. You misjudged the distance and shot under the deer. Or maybe you hit a twig and it deflected. You simply flat out whiffed. How do you typically respond?

    Nock another arrow and reset and look at the future instead of the past? Pack up your stuff and go home for the day? Beat your head against the tree?
     
  2. jrk_indle84

    jrk_indle84 Grizzled Veteran

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    Depending on how many and how loudly the few choice words that get blerted out I usually end up getting down out of disgust. Sometimes if its early enough and feels like a good day I'll stick it out but usually if something not planned or wrong happens I losr motivation to stay in stand.
     
  3. Beagle001

    Beagle001 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Knock another arrow and sulk
     
  4. KodiakIslandArchery

    KodiakIslandArchery Weekend Warrior

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    Yep ....same here
     
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    victoryhunter Weekend Warrior

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    Knock another arrow!
     
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    tpmonaha Weekend Warrior

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    Depends on if its a morning hunt or afternoon hunt! haha but like everyone else, knock another arrow!!!!! You never know what is going to come in. I really just try to refocus all of my attention on the rest of the hunt, even though that seems impossible haha
     
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    wildernessninja Weekend Warrior

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    I missed my first ever bow shot on a deer this pass season.it just replays over in my head on what went wrong.
     
  8. ATbuckhunter

    ATbuckhunter Die Hard Bowhunter

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    This right here! I have the urge to go home but i know that if I do, I wont get a deer that day.
     
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    60X Custom Strings Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I usually swear and throw stuff. Sometimes I just stand in amazement of what just happened. Either way it's done with and I just keep on hunting.
     
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    Missed my shot on a 10 pt this year, it hit but defiantly no kill and recovery. First year bowhunting and that was first deer I ever shot at. Replays through my head every time I went out the rest of the year...

    It really had me at still in amazement of the whole event taking place, then after I sat for awhile and looked hopelessly for the deer I was praying somehow went down, I swore and was pretty disgusted the rest of the day.
     
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    Fitz Legendary Woodsman

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    Depends on the miss I guess. WHen I missed Whistler a couple years back, I new I flinched the second the arrow left the bow. I was 100% sure it was me. So, I stayed, hoping he'd make his was back to the sad doe bleat attempt to keep him from leaving.

    If I wasn't sure what happened, or knew it was mechanical, I'd be done for the day.
     
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    Fitz Legendary Woodsman

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    Either way there's some bashing of the head on the tree...
     
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    Whitetail Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I don't know. I will let you know if I ever miss.

    Thinking a bit, I hope I shoot another arrow to verify my bow is good, knock another arrow and keep hunting.
     
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    I pick every detail of the shot apart and do my best to take something good away from a bad situation. I may even shoot another arrow at a stick, leaf, etc., in the same general area where the deer was to see if I make the same mistake to help figure out what went wrong. I generally take at least one shot with a dull broadhead into a 3-D target before every sit. If I am going in the early morning, I will take a few shots the evening before and then put the bow in the case. Unless I think I have some kind of tuning or mechanical issue, I stay and hunt and try not to beat myself up too much.
     
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    rizzo999 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Am I the only one who jumps 20+ feet out of the tree with my gutting knife clinched in my teeth so I can hit the ground running to catch that deer with hand-to-hand combat after I miss?

    OK, when this has happened I roll my eyes, knock another arrow and hope for another deer to visit. As soon as I get back to where I have a target (truck, camp, home...) I am checking to ensure that I did not bump anything on my bow causing a miss. If it is still shooting great I then know that I was the culprit for the miss and move on.
     
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    I just nock another arrow and sulk. Nothing else you can really do. I guess depending on what time it was I may leave, but if I still have an hour or so left of hunting I'm staying.
     
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    Both of the two deer I have shot at have been recovered in 100 yards or less. Once I get more experience afield I am sure it will happen. I most likely will be pissed but keep hunting.


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    Nock another arrow, curse every which way till Sunday, and then just get ready again! Thats if I didnt jump out of the tree!!!!!
     
  19. SharpEyeSam

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    I freeze.(While in my head I am cussing myself out). I learned through trial and error that sometimes a deer has no clue what just happened. They run a little and stop. A lot of times a deer WILL NOT run until he or she is sure where that sound came from. If that is the case, I let the deer settle back down, grab another arrow, nock it and hope that I get another shot.
     
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    What is it?
     

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