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MemberDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
First year bow hunting. Missed BUCK of a LIFETIME. I am eternally depressed right now and need consolation and advice. Story below
pmcmaster129GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Happens bro. Be thankful it was a clean miss not a wound. My second year hunting I hit a buck in the front shoulder, tracked bits of blood for miles and never found him. Still thinking about it.
BonkMyKn0bGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
3rd year bowhunting. I missed what i believe to be a record buck for my area. Got to my stand early, in grey light. It’s a climber so i had to get up the tree. As i was pulling my bow up i heard something crashing in the woods. Behind me was a giant buck. Had everything ready except my range finder. Guessed 25, he was 30. Shot under and he ran. Havn’t seen him since. I got down out of my stand right then and there said fuck it and left i was so pissed. Then i saw a smaller 8 point a few times which is now dead in my freezer. It made this miss feel a lot better and its fading already. Keep it up man!!! My thought is…. If you got that close to a giant deer… you’re doing something RIGHT!!!!! Just keep on him!!! if you didnt spook him too bad. (which arrows usually dont) you may see him again!!! same thing im hoping for!!!
Tootsypootsy1122GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Only been hunting 3 years (self learned). Last year got into archery season using crossbow. This year I was really determined to switch into bow since I am añ well able bodied 24yr old.
Put in all the work this year into scouting, setting up stand, mock scrapes, cameras, etc etc. And started reaping the early fruits of my labor in the form of veryyy promising trailcams pics showing complete patterns of some decent bucks and one literal MONSTER.
Unfortunately fresh out of college and working a typical 9-5 it’s impossible to be anything but a weekend warrior with an occasional “sick day”
Have hunted my stand for the past two weekends, having been patient and passed up on countless does and little bucks and some decent ones which were all too tempting.
Today came in a little late. Got set up at 640am and started looking through trailcams pics to kill time. From my right at 30 yards my monster target pops up and at same time a small 6 pointer does too downwind behind me. Somehow the smaller one doesn’t get spooked and so I end up waiting 30 min and big guy finally eases his way into the exact area which I hoped he’d walk in. Unfortunately he’s walking broadside to me and fast paced so I can’t drawback until he’s at the red circle (15yards) and puts his head down for a second. I go to draw and he looks up for no reason LITERALLY mid draw on my 70lb bow. He’s now staring at me trying to figure out what’s going on for a sec, I end up pulling back as subtly as I can instead of easing back down. He waits a sec and spooks as I’m getting my peep sight aligned and runs to the yellow circle.
I estimated that to be about 30-33 yards. Quartering away shot. I aimed a pinch higher with 30 Pin and let go (it was actually 35) it SOMEHOW hits some small twig. He does a semi bolt then a fast jog out (slower than a complete full sprint). I wait then get down and find arrow. I missed but by LITERALLY A HAIIR (there was a bit of underbelly hair on the shaft).
Currently sitting in stand reset up but honestly idk what to do at this point. I prob won’t ever see him again at LEAST for rest of this season right??
nine9dramsGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
At least he didn’t catch your scent. He may not associate this encounter with a hunter since he was spooked by some movement and was already on alert before you shot. It would probably be a few weeks before he comes back through that spot but with the rut who knows. It also depends on hunting pressure because most states have firearms season kicking in now or very soon and that can have a major impact on movement and patterns. Just be thankful that you didn’t wound him, keep running trail cams this year to see if he shows back up. Good luck!
dubiouspaulGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Owner of a property once told me how he missed his shot and the brothers grazed a doe’s stomach, causing a serious blood trail. After days of trying to track, he found nothing. Months later, who does he see on his trail cam? Ms Doe with a giant wound.
My point with this story? He felt be happy you missed clean, and that the animal didn’t endure any pain. I believe in karma, so this might swing your way in the future.
service_plumberGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Get a good range finder with angle calculation for bow hunting. Range and memorize different trees and logs so you won’t have to guesstimate a shot. It sounds like you had the range right though. The tiniest thing can throw an arrow off and it’s happened to almost everyone including seasoned hunters. It sucks that it happened on a monster, I feel for you man. I can pretty much guarantee you will never forget that experience, which is a good and bad thing. Learn from it and try not to repeat. Again, I feel for you man.
BaconbicycleGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
If possible find another tree 60 yards or so away, towards brush or on another travel route, if he knows this tree/area, he may circle around you, somewhere safer. so to get in a fresh area can not hurt right?
ArminoKinkGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Did you practice shooting downwards from your stand?… makes a big difference…
bgustyGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Welcome to the world of bow hunting. Use a rangefinder on recognizable logs, trees, etc. ahead of time so you know all your ranges.
Nothing else to do but keep on hunting. Be glad you didn’t hit a far back gut shot or something like that. A clean miss is far from the worst thing that could happen.
thombeers_GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
This happened to me my first year. It’s a horrible feeling but extremely constructive. If you’re like me this will make you respect the game even more. Shoot every day. Year round. Only you can make sure this never happens again.
slapshot2742GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
I got busted drawing about an hour ago. I feel for ya homie but shit happens.
reaganfannumber1GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Welcome to hunting.
jdertyd15GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Never rush a shot and never guess your range.
oneillmj58GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
It happens dude. 8 years ago I missed the biggest buck I’ve ever seen. Haven’t killed anything too big and I think back on that all the time. It just makes success even sweeter.
fly_birdGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Read this yesterday and felt bad for you. This morning I missed an 8 point at 35 yds. I’ve put in so much time and effort this season and he gave me the perfect opportunity. I rushed it and shot high. I feel sick too. But I keep remind myself that it is better than wounding him. Couldn’t have asked for better circumstances but I blew it so it is back to the drawing board.
Samilski87GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Ive been hunting for a long time and I can tell you that anger and beating yourself up is a good reaction to have, initially.
Take that anger and put it towards bettering yourself. Hunting is all about opportunity and you’ll definitely have more chances, just be ready next time (mentally and skill-wise) and learn from your mistakes.
I hope this doesn’t come across as preachy either, I am still sharpening my skills and still learning from my fuck-ups.
I just saw a video on this sub where someones release froze bc it was so cold. That’s definitely a new one for me
squirreltootGuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Hey man it happens. First thing I would do is put a camera or two back up to see if you can get pics of him in the area again and maybe see if he’s wounded. He could be right back in there that same night. Considering the time of year a hot doe could keep him hanging around that area even after what happened. A few years ago in Kansas I shot a 145” 8 point from a stand I put up 8 feet off the ground in a funnel area. Hot doe comes in towing along 7 bucks that came through in about a 5 minute period. When she came in 2 bucks were with her. I shot the second buck. The next 4 were dinks. All of a sudden the last buck in was a 160” 10 point. He walked around under me for probably 5 minutes confused about where the doe was because he smelled the tinks I had out and couldn’t see her. Eventually he walked off. I went and found my deer dead 60 yards away. That afternoon one of my buddies sat that same stand and another went about 150 yards up the funnel where he came from in the morning. Well that evening he came back. First buddy in my stand shot under him (misjudged the distance). Buck ran toward my other buddy who drew back on I’m and couldn’t get a shot. With me shooting the other buck and stinking up the woods dragging the other buck out that dude came back. You never know what they will do this time of year. Stay in the area and put up a camera or two.
aidanlucas29GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
Bad luck but you’ll get him. Ps I think your arrow is nocked upside down 😉
corytom1989GuestDecember 15, 2019 at 12:12 am
I’ve been bow hunting for over a decade, I’ve missed once in this time frame. This year I had three shots at one really good buck in the same hunt. I missed all three times. Then I saw him two days later and couldn’t draw my bow back at first and when I did I had him at 20 yards I missed again… my problem was lack of reps practicing and probably some mental issues. It happens, it sucks, and I get feeling depressed especially seeing all the hogs posted on here. Just keep practicing everyday so much that it’s muscle memory taking control. Good luck and never quit!