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
Yes, he did discuss his disappointment for taking the second shot and said he should have never taken it. I won't through stones, as I totally see how it could have happened...
I watched the entire video last night as I have nothing better to do while I sit in Froedtert with my fiancé.... really enjoyed your video but I just had this strange feeling about it when it finished.
I feel for ya, you could sense your pain, disgust, disappointment, etc.. however, I have to say that I thought the 2nd shot was not a shot that should’ve even been taken. I’m sure you feel the same?! Maybe you mentioned something in the video as I turned the sound way down about halfway through because my fiancé was complaining that I watch to many hunting videos... I’m not hear to tear you down, just thought the 2nd shot was on a moving animal, quartered away hard, etc. Maybe I’m wrong though. Either way, I think you have a very good chance of having another opportunity and I’d like to see you back here posting pictures of him. Keep after it and good luck!!
when you stop a deer, take your time. you literally shot in less than a second. 9 times out of 10 you have 2-3 times longer that you need once stopped. stop em, get that pin where you need it, hover and pull the shot off. You stopped him then just gripped it and ripped it in less than a second. Calm down, take your time.
Next time you are on stand, stop deer, watch how long they stand there. i've had deer stand for minutes...Granted there are times, especially during rut where they are on the move and you have mere microseconds, but you can usually read those deer. that buck you hit, he was in no hurry to get anywhere fast.
I appreciate the kind words deerhunter. I am still very confused as well. My best guess, is I scathed his belly, and cut some meat on his back leg. Which led to the bleeding. I think it was just a cut, and healed rather quickly. I still have no idea how it happened. I haven't stopped thinking about it since.
Wow - tough luck. I feel for you and know what you are going through/went through. I really enjoyed the video. Well done. I'm really intrigued at that pass through shot and the fact that he is still up and about and I can not see any limp or sign that he was hit. Obviously he was, but you sure couldn't tell on the other sightings.
Hang in there and stay positive. We're almost to rifle season, hopefully he shows again for you.