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  • Your Worse Miss ever on a Deer

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    Split Decision,Huntinbucks and myself decided we would see How many people would Man-Up and admit the obvious. What is your worse Miss on a Deer...I say Deer because there's not enough room to add The Turkey Misses LOL....I know there are People out there that say 'I NEVER Miss!!!' But You can Take that BS Elsewhere because EVERYONE Misses and it's NOT always the Hunters Fault BUT We Have ALL Missed...Maybe I shouldn't even say worse because any miss is Bad...How about, Whats your 'Most memorable Miss' on a Deer....I'll Start....The Year was 1997 and Opening day of the West Va Rifle Opener...I had just finished Climbing a Hill-Side of Monstrous proportions and as I came upon the Top of the Rock-Cliff Power Line right-a-way..I was catching my breath while Looking the long way down to the New River trying to figure out How in the World they Got the Power Poles up on that Mountain Side in the First place when I heard Ice crunching...I turn to see the Biggest Buck I ever seen alive trotting across the Power-Line 90 Yards away...I shoulder my Savage 270 and still breathing hard from the Climb...I try to hold steady...Just as he got to the Timber line he slowed and I took the shot...He jumped into the timber line and stopped...I'm waiting on him to fall and never taking my eyes off him I ease the Bolt back and feel my empty Case hit the top of my Boot and I slowly Chamber another Round...Suddenly My heart sank...The Buck twitched his Tail and Not sure of where he was going and what awaited him he decided to go back where he wasn't get shot at and as he 'Walked' back across the Power-Line at 55 yards, I shoulder again and as he was walking...I squeezed the Trigger and 'CLICK!!!' Oh NO...As I eased the Bolt back the second time, I didn't bring it back enough to grab another Round...The Buck hears the Click, Blows and goes back into the Timber where he originally came from and ...BOOOOM....The 16 Pointer was killed by the same 14 year Old that scared him out to me in the first Place....I was shocked when I found them in the woods...He was Hunting with His Grand-pa and I wont lie...I cried like a Baby later that Day LOL...I stayed in Contact with them for a Few years and The Buck scored 164 3/8 as a NT...I was happy but not to Sugar-Coat it...I simply Screwed Up....And I have Never Got over it LOL
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    Don't tell anybody
    I was hunting what was my favorite spot in a pine thicket four years ago, a spot I called the Honey Hole. It was archery season in Chatham county and a short 30 minute rain just ended. I had corn placed about 20 yards away and two does come in and one was directly under my tree. They had come in from behind me and with the wet pine straw they made no sounds I could hear. The doe under me was so close I could not draw the bow back for the larger one about 5 yards away from the corn. My heart is racing and my mind spinning with fear the doe directly under my stand would smell any possible scent that had washed off me from the rain. Then, out of the corner of my left eye I catch a glance of movement about 45 yards away down a shooting lane i cleared for gun season some years ago. I turned and looked and this is what I seen. I saw a buck that was as big as a cow to me. He had stopped in my shooting facing broadside to me. He shook his head twice and the rain water danced off his neck in the bright sun lite rays shining through the pine forest. His antlers were of the largest I have ever seen myself on a live deer while hunting. The young doe directly under me started toward the larger doe. They were both watching the buck. I was really messed up with my heart racing and thinking that if i drew back on him the doe would bust me and I would never see him again. I was also thinking he might take another step forward placing himself out of my sight. I had to do something so I did. I pulled back on the bow aimed slightly over his back because I only had a 30 yard pin at maximum range on my bow. I released the arrow and watched it fall directly under his feet with him tearing out of sight and the does blowing and ripping through the forest. I was so dissapointed at myself and still to this day think on all the mistakes I made that morning. My first thought was why did I not just wait and see if he would of possibly came closer as the does were already there. My second thought was why didn't I have a 40 yard pin. All this is remembered every archery season by me and a valuable lesson I will never forget again. I really hope to have a chance on a buck like this one again during archery season. Heck, any season for that point. I never seen him again.
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    Miss
    My most memorable horrible miss was in 08. I was hunting on some club land down in Montgomery county in a lil cutover beside a soybean field my friend had been watching several bucks moving thru there everyday in the summer so he set me up there one evening I was in a climbing stand in alil pine tree that I could only get up about 12 feet in because it was so small. had been in the stand prob 2 hours then I see does coming thru the cutover moving towards the pines as I was watching them seen something moving thru the cutover out of the corner of my eye at first I though it was one of the limmbs off a tree laying down moving but then he stuck his head up and my heart bout jumped out of my chest it was a huge 8 point biggest deer I had ever seen and hes moving to me so i sit there for a second then I decide to stand up bad mistake he looks right at me so i froze half way standing up and then I can tell hes bout to run so I draw and put my pin on him at 60 yards and let go right as he starts to run and shot right underneath him my heart sank to my stomach, still gives me nightmares
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    Forgot to Reload
    I was out hunting with my brother one day. He dropped me off at my stand he went to his stand. I climb up the tree with my climber and raised m gun up to me. My stand was on the side of a ridge line overwatching the top of it. After sitting in the stand for a few hours two does walked across the top. I picked out the biggest one and took the shot. The doe ran off further into the woods. I called up my brother on the walkie talkie and told him I shot a doe and that she ran off. He got out of his stand to come over to mine to help me find the doe. I climb down my stand and me and my brother started following the blood trail. The blood lead us to creek bed that split the ridge line. While walking though the creek bed my brother tells me to stop. He said look on top of the ridge. There on top of the ridge about 50yds away is the biggest buck me and brother has ever seen. He whispers to me to shoot it so I turn slowly and raise my gun. I take aim and squeezed the trigger nothing happen. Then it hit me that I forgot to chamber a new round after shooting the doe. So I jacked a new round into the chamber as I did the buck started blowing at us and it ran off before I could get a shot off. My brother grab me and shook me calling me an idiot and asking why I didn't chamber a new round. He was really mad at me so we went on and found the doe I shot. I still to this day kick myself for not chambering a new round let me tell you though I have never made that mistake again.
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    Rushed the shot
    My worst miss was back in 2006. I was hunting a bean field that had just been cut. It waa during the first of Nov but was also about 80 deg. I didn't expect to see anything due to the heat but decided to sprinkle a little Tinks 69 on a leaf below my box stand. The wind was gusting to about 20 that evening so I figured it might do some good. Sure enough at about 5 pm I hear something that sounds like a bulldozer plowing through the woods about 200 yds on the other side of the field. Then a very nice old choclate horned buck comes trotting through the field strait towards me. This was the biggest buck I have seen with a gun in my hand so buck fever took its tole. I had been shooting my rifle all summer so I felt confident with a chest shot at about 70 yds. Needless to say my first shot was a miss and also the second that I tried while he ran for cover. I guess this counts as two misses. I learned a very important lesson though. Don't rush the shot! I felt like an idiot and still do. oh well
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    Thanks
    It is really nice to read the stories of other misses. It is good to read because we can all learn from each others mistakes.
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    WOW
    I consider my worse miss was when I had my student Jadeanna with me last year. I consider it the worst because I had a witness....lol! I saw a buck at what I thought was 300 yards across a foggy field and told her to shot it. She said she couldn't she it so big bad Viper told her to plug her ears. I got real steady and boom! The buck just stood there. I saw the bullet cutting through the trees behind him and realizecd I shot right over his back. I quickly popped in another round and boom....the buck streched out like I hit him but, now I wasn't sure so I lanched another round at him and he tipped over. Hate to miss infront of your student.
    The real worse shot was a couple of years ago I see a deer cutting slowly across a field right in front of me at about 50 yards. I waited until it got to 30 yards and raised my gun.....boom. The deer looked at me and me at it...I almost started laughing. I couldn't believe I had missed. The deer took off the other direction....I start thinking you can't out run the 270WSM...100 yards boom....deer still running 150 yards...boom deer still running....Vipers out of ammo and saying OMG....good thing nobody saw that!
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    Great Stories
    Wow Guys!!! Great Stories. Hey Timber14...Have your Brother with you after he takes you to a Hot Turkey Spot and Watch you Call a Gobbler 300+ Yards across a Wide-open Field to 26 Yards!!! And hes over your shoulder tagged out with No gun and he whispers...'When ever your ready'...Click!!!Forgot to load my Gun LMAO...If You ever meet my Brother, You will hear all the Details within the First 5 Minutes of Knowing him LOL...I know he has NEVER let me forget it!!!

    P,S. Funny how it seems to always be the BIG Bucks that Get away LOL.......Keep'em Coming
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    Worse Miss
    I have a miss that I will never forget, this miss will be etched in my mine for ever. If for what ever reason should I forget I have four witnesses that will remind me of that event?
    During gun season in 2000 we where stand around our trucks after a morning hunt talking about that morning, when a nice buck broke out across a field. For some reason the buck stopped to look at us at just 150 yards away. No one but me grabbed there gun, as soon as the cross hairs was steady on his chest, I sent a round in his direction but the buck just continue to stand there looking at us. I racked another round and sent in his direction the buck just standing there for no good reason. As I look over my shoulder everyone behind me was laughing, laughing so hard they where crying. So I racked another round and sent in the bucks direction this time the buck took off, after the buck exited the field we all when to check for signs of a hit in which there was no blood to be found. Neither to say I lost a good hunting shirt to the others knife.
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    Dumb cell Phone
    My first season of bow hunting I had one of those 'Oh to do it all over again!' moments. I was in my stand on a morning hunt in the same stand I had killed my first deer with a bow a few weeks earlier. A 6 point came out of the woods directly behind me and stopped 2 feet off the base of my tree. He looked up at me, took a few more steps, turned and looked right at me again. Exactly ten yards away was an old fallen pine. I knew if he continued walking straight ahead he would have to turn perfectly broadside to the left or right at that pine. 'oh yes, 10 yards is a piece of cake. Buck on the ground' That is what I was thinking. He walked to the pine, turned to the right and stopped. I drew back, leveled the 10 yard pin and let it fly. TWO FEET OVER HIS BACK!!! Off he ran! What just happened, how did I miss that. Stupid cell phone in my shirt pocket caught my bow string as it went by. I spent the next two hours looking at the arrow in the ground and the rip in my shirt pocket. Needless to say that shirt pocket has since been removed. Live and learn!
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    WOW!!!
    I'm starting to Feel better about that 07 Hunt LOL...Great Stories Guys.. The 1s with the witness's are hard not to laugh at but yeah we Do....LIVE AND LEARN lol
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    miss
    I have to say I don’t have too many Deer stories to tell about a miss however I do have a good turkey story. There was/is a turkey that I named king tut. This dude must have 1 3/4 spurs and at least triple bearded. Last spring I hunted Over Time and he finally showed with a jake. I was so tore up when he showed his red face. So I took my shot gun from one window to the next. I put the bead on the turkeys head then realized I shot the wrong bird. I was devastated and very embarrassed. The good news is he was the first bird that showed up when I put my trail cameras out this fall...So this spring there will be redemption.
    CREEK
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    I have one
    Ohhh Boy, It was 2002 I think. At this point in time I was just getting into trophy hunting. I had worked hard all preseason at putting up a new stand in a hot spot.It was opening day of muzzleloading.I rushed to get to the woods after leaving a family reunion.I climbed into my 8ft wooden ladder stand. Yes my 8ft ladder stand...LOL. I had not been in the stand but maybe 15 min. It was one of those moments where one second nothing is there and then you look back and there he is. Not the biggest buck, but the tallest brow tined buck I have ever seen. Thinking... No one will believe me. He is only 15 yards out. I ease up my old side hammer muzzleloader. While shaking like crazy I put the crosshairs on his shoulder squeeze the trigger. The cap fires and echos through the creek bottom. THE GUN DIDN'T FIRE!!! He stands still looking around. Somehow I get another cap on, squeeze the trigger. Pop... same thing, this time he makes a couple hops and is now only 3 steps from the bottom of this little ladder stand. My nerves are toast at this point.I have never been so close to a deer. He eases past me and after 6 popped caps. I realize I NEVER LOADED IT. That's right LYAO. I watched that deer who by this time had been joined by a small cow horn walk off. I kid you not. With the echo they never saw me. Thinking to myself you didn't spook them they will be back in a few days. Nope! It does Have a happy ending though or else I would not let you guys know how stupid I was. After many nights of thinking about this deer. Late November he shows up in love with 2 does. This time I was LOADED.
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    well here goes
    My worst miss happened just after I started hunting. At the time I was hunting down toward Hoffman and Laurel Hill area in Scotland/Richmond counties running dogs. I was put out on a old fire break that we lined on a creek. I hear the dogs strike and before I could click the safety off two does bust out the creek bottom 10 yards or less from me. I hear the dogs but they turn around I was like the deer just ran past what are they chasing. Well I know it was probaly unsafe but I sat back down with the safety off. Then I hear the dogs coming back. So I get ready and boom boom boom comes up the line followed by the shout big buck coming. It was my first season and my first chance at a big buck it comes hauling by me. I shoulder my gun and boom boom boom boom boom empty my gun. I missed every single shot and then to add insult to injury it runs by so close I could hit it with the shell cases. Well after that I hear one last ringing boom from the next guy my dad and there lays this beutiful ten pointer. Well all ya'll know what happened next pocketknife to shirt tail. I get a reminder everytime I walk through his living room with that buck mounted and my shirt tail hang from his antler.
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    WOW
    WOW TAGONE...Those Brow Tines!!!! AWESOME!!! And RBBH LMAO, That's Great
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    Vegetarian
    Well, here goes, had a 6 PT, a spike, and a button buck on my corn pile at 15 yards(we have an 8 Pt or better rule to grow them bigger) when I finally have that unspecting doe walk in. I have her wrapped up and in the freezer, the backstrap on the grill in my mind and i let go with my 308 at 15 yards. Well, there I was watching her run off right by me probaly deaf from the rifle and not a hole in her. I double check for blood found where my bullet went into the ground. I had maxed out my scope when I zeroed at a hundred and never backed it down to low power. All I saw through the scope was deer(at 15 yards). Dang nothing but hunter error, Well there is next weekend, I have to get one soon so my wife and kids stop calling me the Vegetarian hunter. Best of luck to you all.
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    thanks
    hey thanks for the advise on the caswell gl. looks like ive got a good starting point there and some nice deer in the herd jager...
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