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  • Got one,Lost one

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    Well,I started not to even post this,but I guess it will show no one is perfect and the unexpected can happen at any time when your hunting.
    I got to go hunt with my Dad this past week for 3 days.He lives on the coast and I live in the mountains,so any time I can get together and hunt with him is a blessing.
    After hunting some with dad last year in blinds made of corn stalks and brush,Dad had spend the summer building three nice tree stands and 2 nice ground blinds.Dad is a carpenter,but hes 70 years old,and as much as he enjoys it,I know its harder for him now.
    Well,on the last evening we went into the woods and settled in our blinds.I hadn't seen a deer in 3 days and,even though dad had several nice ones on cam, at this point I had little hope. I was relaxed back in my seat eating grapes and drinking my water,when I saw antlers coming towards me over the brush at 20 yards. My first though wasn't buck,I thought whats an elk doing in this part,lol.Then he stepped into sight,he was a beautiful 8 point staring straight into my eyes for what seemed like and hour and half,but was probably 30 seconds,lol. I sat stone still and stared back not blinking. He then took half a step and looked down,I clicked the safety off my crossbow and got him in sight,He raised his head back up and slightly moved,I made the shot. As soon as it hit he kicked up and spun around and took off. I called my Dad and told him I got one.He said wait til I get there,because light was fading fast and those thicket filled woods are like a maze. I started looking around and I saw blood on the ground and leaves where I shot,I knew I had made a good shot and was hopeful we would find him easily after seeing blood. My dad made it to my blind and we started tracking .We tracked blood about 15 yards and saw a massive puddle of blood,but no buck.We keep following blood for about 10 more yards and there was another big puddle of blood dripping off the leaves to the ground. We continued following blood and marking each spot,I thought we had tracked the deer for 1/2 mile,but thinking back,he didn't travel that far,we just did searching for his trail. We tracked the blood all the way to a dried up canal that he crossed and went up to the dirtroad. We looked til 12 am and couldn't find another drop of blood. We came back early the next morning and searched another few hours.We still couldn't find my deer. I really think with the loss of blood we found that he's dead.And I'm heartbroken that we couldn't find him. I had to return home,but my Dad is sill searching. He found the arrow yesterday lodged in a bush 3 -3 1/2 feet off the ground back behind where I shot the buck. I hate the thought of an animal suffering,and also hate the thought of losing all that meat if he's down. Its too late for the meat at this point,but I still hope Dad can find him.
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    Dang It!
    I know how you feel and I think a lot of folks on this site have been there. Look at the up-side.....the critters will eat good. Glad you had time with your dad. Shake it off and bolt up another one!
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    Thanks
    Thanks Viper. Although I'm disappointed,I am ready to get right back out there.I can't wait to have another chance. I thought I would stay calm after I shot a buck,but I'll have to admit,I held it together til I made the shot,but afterwards I was shaking,lol. And being the softhearted girl I am,I could barely hold back the tears when I had to give up the search and go home.Dad had to keep reassuring me he would keep looking.
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    Shaking
    Well you did better than me....I always get the shakes until right before the shot. Then they come back. I guess that's what I like about it the most. Funny thing is I only get it when I'm bow hunting. When I'm gun hunting it's like.....oh....deer. It tore me up the first few years of bow hunting to loose one. I would stay out in the woods until after mid-night. After you loose a few like that you start realizing....if you don't have a good blood trail all the way to the deer, chances are very low that you will find it. Take solace in the fact that you helped out a lot of other creatures of God!
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    Buck
    I am sorry to hear that D...I was saddened when GT told me what had happened. I almost had the same thing happen to me on my first and only buck with a bow. Fortunately after the 3rd day looking I finally got lucky and stumbled up on him. With that kind of blood and a kick when you shot there is no doubt you made a fatal shot. Probably just needed more time to expire. Those puddles were most like him bedding down or just standing. I have pushed my share of deer and put bad shots on them as well. There is not a hunter on the planet that has not done either at some point in their lives. We just have to hold our heads up, learn from it and try to do better next time. You will redeem yourself one way or another I just know it....Keep your spirits up and get ready for the next opportunity...Whether good or bad this is a place you can post about anything so feel free to share successes and failures...I myself have had many failures lol....
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    It Happens
    I pretty much said what I wanted to say via text and like DCB said, Everyone has felt that feeling...That's part of it..Gotta take the lows with the highs and keep your head up...I'm almost certain your Dad will recover him and as far as the shakes...lol I'm like you..I can do OK until I dump the string then I'm shaking like a dog passing bones!!! But hope I don't ever loose that feeling!!!! You will have other chances!!!
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    I feel your pain
    Had it happen to me just the other day. Read my post under archery. Sorry Diane that's a bummer
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    buck
    Im sorry Diane,GT told me about this and I know how you feel we all do it at one time or another,I told GT I wish I was closer to you and I would have took my dogs up there,if the deer is dead they will find it.But anyway hopefully your dad can find him soon.
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    back to the woods
    Thanks guys for the comments. I was feeling pretty low on the drive home thinking if I can't locate a deer after I it shot that I didn't even deserve a hunting license.But its reassuring to know things like this ,although not intentional,do happen. I am heading to gameland bright and early.Hope I get another shot. Good luck to all you guys.
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