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Old 12-06-2019, 05:12 PM   #1
WrecklessRanch
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I shot this buck about two weeks ago and hit him a bit high and too far forward, basically in the shoulder blade. The arrow only penetrated a couple inches and flew right back out on his second jump.

I didnít realize how far forward I had hit him so I was surprised there was almost no blood, maybe a couple of tablespoons over 150 yds. Just a drop here and another 50 feet later. We couldnít find an available tracking dog and just had to hope he was still alive.

I was just sick about making a bad shot and injuring him. Thankfully he was back on camera looking healthy last weekend almost a mile south of where I shot him the first time.

The wind was all wrong Wednesday night. The forecast said it wasnít going to get any better this trip so it seemed worth it to do my best with scent control and give it a try. I thought all hope was lost when the first critters to show up were hogs, exactly 4 min before the feeder went off. They circled the feed pen and lined up directly downwind of me but did not seem to smell me. Then they regrouped, got into some kind of skirmish and took off squealing. I thought for sure the noise and their smell would be the end of my chances.

About 5 min after the corn flew I saw tines to the north, over some brush. He came straight in, downwind and hopped right into the pen like nothing was out of place. It seemed like an eternity before I finally had him broadside without another deer in front of or behind him. This shot was PERFECT. He went about 70 yds and piled up. Iím so thankful I got a second chance take him. Heís my biggest buck so far with a bow.







You can see where I hit him the first time and the exit wound from a much better second shot. He was quartered towards me just a bit.



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Old 12-06-2019, 05:15 PM   #2
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Congrats, nice buck
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:20 PM   #3
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Heck of a buck. Congratulations.
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:21 PM   #4
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Congratulations on making the most of your 2nd chance. I think that first shot should have got the job done. Deer are tough animals. Cool pic of him with blood on his leg on the trail cam.


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Old 12-06-2019, 05:21 PM   #5
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He's a dandy. Congrats!

What are the odds you took a picture of the shoulder blade while skinning him? That would be pretty neat to see.
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:22 PM   #6
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Way to go. Glad you were able to make the most of your second chance. Beautiful, mature buck. Congratulations!
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:22 PM   #7
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:23 PM   #8
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Dang nice buck! congrats to ya and glad it worked out in your favor. it didint look like misplaced shot made him miss any meals!
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:23 PM   #9
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What a great buck!
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:28 PM   #10
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Great buck! Congrats!
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:31 PM   #11
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:34 PM   #12
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:34 PM   #13
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Story with a happy ending!
Great buck. Big congrats!
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:37 PM   #14
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That first shot looked pretty good. Was the first shot a broadside shot? If anything it was just an inch or so high.
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:43 PM   #15
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Heck yeah! Waydago
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:46 PM   #16
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Nice deer
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:53 PM   #17
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Nice buck, congrats. They are a lot tougher than we give them credit for.
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:57 PM   #18
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:18 PM   #19
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Redemption good for you
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:23 PM   #20
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Congrats on your second chance buck !
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:24 PM   #21
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Congrats!!!!!
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:26 PM   #22
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Nice! Congratulations on getting the job done.
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:50 PM   #23
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:55 PM   #24
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Glad you got another chance. Congrats
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:59 PM   #25
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Nice
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:02 PM   #26
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Exact same thing happened to my son last year except he did not get a second chance. The deer was seen at a feeder a week later and again at my sons feeder a week after season ended. Haven’t seen him since.
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:04 PM   #27
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That’s a big gun! Congrats!
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:09 PM   #28
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:33 PM   #29
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What a great deer!
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:39 PM   #30
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Congrats on 2nd chance, that is a great buck

What am I missing about the first shot and being forward?

Hard quartering away?

Looks like a good spot for broadside or slightly quartering to me
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:43 PM   #31
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Great buck. Congrats!
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:48 PM   #32
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Cool story and ending. That first shot would of been a good one in my book. Congrats
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:27 PM   #33
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I honestly donít have a good explanation. I usually process my own deer but due to time constraints I field dressed this one and dropped him off at the processor so I wonít get to dissect the wound and see exactly where the broadhead impacted. All that said, I got a new bow this year and was using some old school Hog Head mechanicals that were suggested to me. Iíve sworn off mechanicals for now until I can get my girly arms built up to a heavier draw weight. The second shot was with muzzy 4 blades and it went through him like he was butter. I didnít think he was quartered at all but maybe he was.

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Congrats on 2nd chance, that is a great buck

What am I missing about the first shot and being forward?

Hard quartering away?

Looks like a good spot for broadside or slightly quartering to me





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Old 12-06-2019, 09:30 PM   #34
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:32 PM   #35
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Excellent shot and an awesome buck, Congrats
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:36 PM   #36
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:36 PM   #37
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Congratulations. You definitely did it right the second go around.
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:51 PM   #38
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Very nice, congrats.
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:10 PM   #39
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:17 PM   #40
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Nice buck. Congrats on getting it done.


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Old 12-06-2019, 10:24 PM   #41
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Gorgeous buck, congrats and glad you were able to get another shot!
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:37 PM   #42
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Great buck, congrats!!
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:47 PM   #43
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Sweet redemption!
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:44 AM   #44
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Wow, love a sweet redemption story. Congratulations!

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Old 12-07-2019, 09:56 AM   #45
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Congrats on a really nice buck!
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:53 AM   #46
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Glad you got a second chance congratulations!
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:12 AM   #47
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Heck yeah.....nice buck. Way to stick with it. Congrats
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:17 AM   #48
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Congrats on a great buck!
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:23 AM   #49
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Congratulations on a nice Buck, glad you got a second chance!
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:25 AM   #50
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what is your draw weight?
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