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11/7/19 @ 11:14 AM
Tree stand whacker
Tree stand whacker
User since 1/4/13

Alright guys, I hesitate to even put this out here. I have experienced a whole bunch of negativity with things like this before, so I hope that doesn't happen again. But, I just got back from my 4 day rutcation, and I had the most epic weekend of hunting ever. I was chasing my number 1 buck, "dagger." Over the course of 4 days I had 5 encounters, two shot opportunities, and one blood trail. This is a long video, but if you have the time I feel like it is worth the watch. TONS of lessons learned on this hunt, hope anyone that watches will be able to learn from my mistakes. 

TODAY @ 12:27 PM
User since 10/10/17

Excellent video. Raw emotion. I felt like i was there for the whole thing. If you have never questioned your decision on a shot or botched a "gimme", to which there are none in bow hunting in my opinion. You either have not had enough opportunities in the woods, your time will come, everyone's does, or are kidding yourself. It's the extreme downside to this sport we enjoy oh so much.. great job, A+ for showing the good with the bad. Looking forward to seeing the next video, the good. Best of luck, helluva deer. 

TODAY @ 9:17 AM
User since 5/23/02
Well the good news is this deer really wants to get killed.  He's on his feet all over your property during daylight.  He's gonna get killed acting like that.  Hopefully you get more time to stay on him before the neighbors get a crack at him.

TODAY @ 8:26 AM
Bowhunting Guy
User since 5/22/18

I rarely watch any YouTube videos, but took a shot this one. I think it was very well done. 

Excitement gets the best of all of us sometimes. If it doesn’t, you should probably hang it up. Clearly you didn’t seriously injure that buck, which is the second best scenario.

As someone else mentioned, you have a beautiful cabin and what appears to be a very above-average piece of land with some excellent bucks. Add to that a wife who encourages you to hunt and I’d say life is pretty darn good. Hang in there. This will happen again. It’s just how it goes. We’ve all been there and keep moving forward.

Cheers to an excellent gun season, friend. 

11/11/19 @ 2:21 PM
User since 1/7/02

Long barrels, I do remember a video from about a year ago where the shooter took a 50 plus yard shot on a deer walking in waist high grass. It was quite windy also. If memory serves me right the blood trail was weak and went onto a neighboring property where the shooter couldn’t get permission to track. There was a lot of negative feedback about things done wrong. Don’t know if it is the same poster or not.                       As far as the first shot in the video that started this thread it seems the shot was hurried. The shooter here confirmed on slow motion video he hit low. Things that can contribute to a low hit are rushing the shot, underestimating the distance and when shooting from an elevated stand the arrow most often strikes below the aim point. It was very fortunate to see that deer again. The second shot was a buck fever panic shot at a moving deer, those never turn out well. Much for the shooter to learn from his mistakes and work to correct them may lead to success in the future. 

11/11/19 @ 9:26 AM
.Long Barrels
User since 12/9/14

Correct me if i'm wrong, but didn't you have a video last year that you took a long shot or something went wrong that took a lot of criticism? 

11/9/19 @ 8:15 PM
Tree stand whacker
Tree stand whacker
User since 1/4/13

Thank you so much CaseDog! I have a whole bunch of videos on my YouTube channel that take place at the cabin. It is my favorite place in the world. 

11/9/19 @ 12:14 PM
MEMBER since 10/4/11

I truly enjoyed the video! I almost felt as if I was along with you for your rutcation! 

It looks like you have a true paradise to hunt with some nice plots and stand locations! 

I’m extremely jealous of your cabin as that looks truly beautiful and peaceful! 

Don’t be so hard on yourself-as you know so many things have to go right when you’re talking archery and it just didn’t happen!

I’m hoping you get a crack at old dagger during gun season because I’m looking forward to seeing the sequel!

Keep up the good work and again I truly enjoyed watching!

11/9/19 @ 11:07 AM
User since 10/10/17

Fantastic videos.  You will need to be able to relax during the moment further.  There should be no pressure on yourself to get the kill.  

Consider smiling to yourself when in the moment, and think about how happy you are to just see the buck and have the chance.  As opposed to thinking this is the biggest buck I have ever had a chance at.  

I definitely enjoyed the editing and commentary though.  We were all there with you, and feeling the same pain.  

11/9/19 @ 12:33 AM
Tree stand whacker
Tree stand whacker
User since 1/4/13

Thank you all for the kind words. Hindsight is 20/20. On the first shot, even though I felt completely relaxed and ready, I still do see how I rushed the shot. Even though this was a super long video, there still was a lot that had to be edited out. On the first shot, you can see my bow in the corner of the frame. While this deer was walking I was going to punch the trigger. But, I stopped myself, pulled the kisser button off my lip and took a deep breath. After that I settled the pin and shot. I still have absolutely no idea how I sent that arrow low. And then on the second shot, I take 100% full responsibility. Rushed, bad shot, that should have never been taken. I'm thankful I missed. 

I am glad that there has been encouragement, and also appreciation for this. Although this absolutely the nastiest, worst part of bowhunting. It happens. I am thankful that my true feelings of disappointment and disgust came across. In the past I have seen a lot of negativity when bad things like this happen. I want to thank you all again for your support and words of encouragement. 

11/8/19 @ 10:45 PM
User since 2/8/17

Enjoyed the video. That is real common man type of stuff. That is what makes hunting great. If it was easy there would be no satisfaction. As others have said at 1 time or another we have all felt that way. I wish you luck on your future hunts and keep sharing your videos. I just appreciate the fact thai you appear to be a honest, hardworking, family guy that is pursueing what he loves and has found balance in his life

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