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.
An Epic 4 Day Weekend
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Interesting video and I appreciate you showing it all.. Every serious hunter that I know has shared some of the same "low-points" during their career. We all feel terrible when you know you have not made a good shot. I really could not believe that buck did not go nocturnal for a few days (or longer) after the first two misses. A couple of good points about maybe rushing the 2nd shot.. My only other comment would be about misjudging the distance on your 1st shot (once again we have all been there).. I have hunted some of the same trees now for 40+ years and I still range landmarks at each location before a hunt. Just a good way to always confirm distances when the heart starts pumping when a target buck gets in range.. On the positive side you mentioned your wife stated "go get that deer" on your last day when you considered going home.. Now that is a "keeper"
Best of luck to you or your dad catching up with dagger..
Shot was rushed and not relaxed. Seemed very un natural actually. I've been there too in my earlier years but am glad that stage of hunting I dont have on video lol. Editing seemed good though.
And great advice by LB on taking a little more time on the shot. Easier said when done with an animal of that caliber standing in front of you. I didn't see the first shot and will watch it later. Like LB, in my experience, when stopping a deer you have several seconds to get you shot off, sometimes longer. Good luck, and great video. I give you credit for posting something like this. You may catch some flack, but there is a ton to be learned from your experiences.