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  • Hanging head in shame

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    Well to tell you all I have been hanging my head in shame the past few months. I started chatting with you all back in the past 2012 deer season. Showing some of the Whitetail deer I have been lucky enough to put on my wall over the years, also showing some still walking. Normally I'm a closed mouth person, don't like to show off my stuff or brag, if you know what I mean. I think over the years that I have been deer hunting, I have only showed a handful of people my what I call trophy's on my wall. I set out last season as I do every year hunting mostly in Granville County. I get my sights on a big one, either seen by scouting or camera. Then the hunt is on. I will not shoot anything but that deer, of course if one bigger happens to arrive, that is no brainier. I hunted all season's for this one deer, let some real nice ones walk. This deer was very nocturnal, he would show up only in the dark. He would be there well before shooting light, 15 minutes before my shooting time would allow. He showed up once in archery, once in muzzle, and once in rifle, all times way to dark and always in the morning. This is a very low pressure piece of land. I knew I was close to the bed. I hunted this spot only when the wind was right and not to often. One day I decided to hunt a small piece on the other side of the road, have permission for that land also. It was the day after Thanksgiving, sitting in a ground blind overlooking a cotton field. Here is where it starts to work on me. About 2:30pm after sitting all day. I see a deer running to my left about 150 yds heading accost the middle of this cotton field. The deer was not from what I could tell the one I was hunting all season, but this deer had a real big rack, real high points and a lot of them. He was about 100 yds running, fired 308, missed, fired again, missed, I could not believe I missed. The cotton field was snow white, there was no blood. I searched for the rest of the evening, came back the next morning, nothing. I can remember the 2nd shot he picked up the pace a bit, running harder more flat out. Here is the clincher. About a month ago I was scouting that land and found the buck. It looked like he hit the woods and took a hard left rather than straight in the thick stuff, about 250 yds. The deer is a 11 point, very nice deer. When I found that deer I had/have so much remorse, why did I not look harder. Still to this day it haunts me. I need to either get my eyes checked, get a back up to help look for blood, and defiantly shoot more to build my confidence back. Sorry for my pity potty, it helps me to get this stuff off me. I did see where a bunch of you guy's put some very nice deer on the ground, Congratulations. Looking forward for a new season, thanks for this site being available to give me the opportunity to vent. God Bless....
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    Big Buck
    Hey, sucks you didnt find him when you killed him but atleast you found his rack and have closer to the hunt. Do you have any pics to share ?
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