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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Lancaster Pa/Gaines Pa (camp)
Wet day doe.
Was worth going out last evening. Had a great experience w/ a matriarch doe and she played games w/ m for about 1/2 hour as she knew something wasn't right, but I played totem pole/popsicle and didn't move for many minutes until she calmed. Got her to around 20 and took the shot. I knew at release that i was going to be a little front of ideal, hate that, but it happens. I pride myself on perfect double lungers and taking only high % shots (especially in this area as not all landowners appreciate our existence). While this was lethal for sure, it was not perfect, and took out the shoulder. No exit, so my work was cut out for me. Of course it started raining steadily, so i broke protocol and took gear back and got right after her. I've found that in the rain, its best to push if you don't see them fall, only if you know shot was lethal. I knew it was, so i pushed. In this particular spot, it is crazy CRAZY thick, and its EASY to lose them on a good day with little to no blood. I found good blood and knew she wouldn't be far. She was about 60yds from it. I jumped her, and could tell it was almost over. I watched and waited as I knew shed be headed for water, so followed that instinct. That was not the easy path for her, but the logical one. Logic prevailed and thankfully a few years of experience helped. Found her 30 yds from where i jumped her (walked right by her on first loop in the dark).
I share this for the newer hunters, because even us older more experienced hunters still aren't perfect all of the time. I've shot many many deer w/ bow, and still learn from each of them.
Headed to camp on tuesday and have a bunch of guys coming up to hunt. Going to be a fun week. Best of luck to everyone.
Shoot straight.....not often.