Well it happened to me, my first.

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by Aaron Jones, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. Jeffrey Jones

    Jeffrey Jones Die Hard Bowhunter

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    You learned a valuable lesson aaron an thats what its all about. Maybe that deer made it. As a hunter we have to make wize decisions out of respect for that animal but when u want it that bad the overall thoughts an thr what is dont count high percentage shots are ideal when whitetail hunting. If I dont have shot im letting them walk an enjoy the experience.
     
  2. zjl299

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    Too bad man. I've had very good luck recovering deer because i learned the same lesson you just went through. Made one bad decision because of excitement and i lost a beautiful buck. I'm to the point that i will not shoot a deer unless i had a clear broadside shot because i cannot handle the same sickness your feeling right now. Too much respect for the animal not to.
    good luck!
     
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    stuckintherut Newb

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    Id say you got quite unlucky. I shot the same broadheads a you hand I hit a buck from almost the same angle last year. It splintered his spine and he dropped immediately. All I can say is that no circumstances will always come out the same. Be easy on yourself. I dont know a hunter that has hunted his whole life and not lost an animal. @Aaron Jones

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  4. Schomm

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    Choose a wiser shot bud. I know you had no choice. But your best bet is to wait it out because most of the time, the deer will present you a better shot. I know this from experience. Haha


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  5. tynimiller

    tynimiller Legendary Woodsman

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    And......you shouldn't have taken that shot either. I only regret one shot I've ever taken and it resulted in a dead deer....NEVER should have taken it no matter the outcome, but I was young and an idiot thinking I had to due to the "idiot" neighbor getting ready to draw on him 30 yards to my Northeast.....no reason to take a shot with the angle described AT ALL.

    Learn from it and NEVER take the shot again OP. You don't have to change arrow set up but I do recommend heavier set ups personally.
     
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    maxpetros Grizzled Veteran

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    Was it just ribs? On a spine, knuckle or shoulder shot on a mature deer I can almost guarantee a heavy arrow would fair better. Don't design your set up around the best case scenario. Design it for when everything goes wrong.



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