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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Missed!

Looking out my window saw a white mark on the hill across from me. Got out the binoculars and sure enough saw a couple of deer bedded down. Loaded the rifle went out got about 60 yrds. from them and one stood up. Thought I had a good hold and yes, the rifle went off and there were deer every
where. Checked it out, Looked like I missed. Think I was too confident. Anyway, when I shot there were deer probably 25 feet from me I didn't even see. Should have been more patient.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 03:08 PM
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He he he. You'll have that. But hey don't kick yourself to hard, 60 yds. is a long shot off hand.

You said you checked it out and I'm sure you did a thorough job of it but remember sometimes there just ain't any blood trail even on a hard hit whitetail. You thought you had a good bead on it and if it wasn't moving, well, the more confident you were of the shot the more has to go into the search. I'm not criticizing you Bbutz, your probably better at this than me, but I'd be making some big slow half circles for a at least 150 yds out before I'd give up. Any how, we got lots of hunting time left to enjoy.
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Very good point..2 of the 3 my son has shot with flintlock have not left a blood trail....I have yet to shoot one with flinter...
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with you. Watched the deer run off and checked it out. Man there were 16 beds there. Think I chased all the deer out of that patch. I'm at the grandson's wrestling practice and my wife called and said the deer are back. Maybe tomorrow.
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Friend of mine missed one that I could have nailed with a baseball.He seen it run off with the others for several hundred yards unaffected.Even searched the area where they were standing and followed their escape route.He plum missed clean.
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You said you checked it out and I'm sure you did a thorough job of it but remember sometimes there just ain't any blood trail even on a hard hit whitetail. You thought you had a good bead on it and if it wasn't moving, well, the more confident you were of the shot the more has to go into the search.

This is EXACTLY what happened to me on my rifle buck this year. 40 yards away broadside. Didn't want to ruin a shoulder so held it back off on what I thought was lung area. Well, I shot and it took off up the hill on a trail like a rocket. Went over to check, no blood at all. A tiny tuft of hair about 1/2" worth. Thought I somehow grazed it, but just knew it couldn't be. Too close. I walked 100 yards of that trail that I saw it exit away on.... NOTHING. I actually shot my gun again at a target thinking maybe it got bumped. DEAD ON. That's about when I started questioning myself. I knew I had to hit it, and knew I had to make a better effort at finding it. The trail it was on was a cut trail in a reverted field. It then enters a thicker wooded area. Well, I went into the woods, and zig-zagged up and down numerous times. Then... I cut a blood trail that looked like it was poured from a 5 gallon bucket. That deer went a long way and I don't know how. After recovering, of course I found out that I was just a bit off the lung, and of course, internal "stuff" immediately clogged the wound, and it didn't bleed right away.


I've shot many flintlock deer, and use .50 C balls. I can say, that close to half dropped very little blood, but just enough for a recovery if you're a patient, and decent tracker of wounded deer.

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You guys got me thinking. Shot my flintlock on paper and it was right on. So maybe I didn't miss. Saw 2 buck this morning but I usually don't kill a buck at home so left them pass. Decided to go take one dog that can find anything and look around. Took her to where I shot yesterday and she walked about 75 yds and there is the dead doe. Tagged it and drug it out. When I gutted it there was steam coming out so it is good. Kinda felt bad cause it had a fetus in it. But thanks,learned a lesson.
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Kinda felt bad cause it had a fetus in it. But thanks,learned a lesson.

the majority of them do at this time of year. i shot a big mature doe during the old 3 day doe season years ago. when i cleaned her out, i checked for some reason, and i found two about the size of a quarter.
they're there, they were bred during the rut about a month before, some even earlier than that. but most dont think about that.


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Great job on that recovery!
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Throw your mutt an extra juicy bone for the assist.
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