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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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I went out with the flintlock on Friday with the hopes of taking my first deer with it. After hunting hard all day I was walking down a gas line and saw a doe stairing at me about 30 yards in the woods broadside. It was behind some brush but nothing thick, just some small twigs. I raised my gun up, aimed behind the shoulder and fired. After the shot the deer ran along the wood line and out across the gas line behind me about 50 yards away. It was running low to the ground and looked hurt pretty bad. I loaded my gun again and after about 20 minutes I started tracking. Well, I followed the trail for about 500 yards with very little blood and jumped it from its bed once. The bed had a decent amount of blood but it was too dark to continue any further. Normally I would of waited until the next morning and started tracking again but I had to work and was hoping I could get another shot. Yesterday work was slow so I was able to get back out to look for it for a couple of hours. I went to the last spot I saw blood and after 50 yards I jumped it again. It was about 60 yards in some thick stuff but it was the only shot I had. I missed and the deer took off and I could tell it was really hurt. That is when I realized I busted the right font shoulder. I ended up tracking this deer for the next two hours and only had one shot opportunity. Unfortunately it had a building about 300 yards behind it and I did not want to take the shot. Once again it was too dark to continue so I had to call it quits.
I had to work today and I can not stop thinking about this. I have not shot a doe in 15 years and to have this happen makes me sick to my stomach.
I was using a .50 caliber Hawkin with .100 grains of 2f and a .250 grain conical. Am I using a bad load? I can't believe that there was not more damage done at that distance. I was really enjoying this season and now I don't want to go back out. Sorry for the long post but I needed to vent.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.
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maybe grab a buddy and have him drive the deer to you, since you keep jumping it. i comend you on the continuing effort to finsh the deer off. things always work out. my one uncle put a bad shot on a big buck quite a few years ago and he tracked it for 5 days in the late season and he ended up getting it by having someone drive it too him. good luck!
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Use what gives the tightest groups.When praticing remember that the 1st shot out of a clean barrel is the one that counts.That 100grs of FFg is a heavy load with a conical.Hope you get her!

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i think its not what you are useing i think it has to do more with shot placement iam not sayin that you are a bad shot in anyway ive shot lots of deer with a rb and lost only a couple which was do to my shot placement and ive seen deer run a long way with a great blood trail and just wonder how they can go that far and i do commend you on just going back and tryin to find in my opion it all comes down to practice and a little deer fever

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Don,t give up.I think you have a good oportunity of comin across her.Just move and stalk the area real slow.
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12 ga. slug hits to the shoulder blade or leg bone are often not immediately fatal. You would think something that big would flatten any deer, and it usually does, but sometimes the deer's will to live is stronger.
Best of luck recovering that deer.
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Great post----it happens----best of luck following up! Took me a long time to find an 8 point buck I had arrowed ---heard it run and crash less than 75 yards---- Found it in very dense thickets wrapped around a large oak in the forest. (One week later!) I walked past it several times but the thickets were so thick I could not find it.

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maybe grab a buddy and have him drive the deer to you, since you keep jumping it. i comend you on the continuing effort to finsh the deer off. things always work out. my one uncle put a bad shot on a big buck quite a few years ago and he tracked it for 5 days in the late season and he ended up getting it by having someone drive it too him. good luck!
Good advice here!Good luck!
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Guys thanks for all the advice so far. My dad went out to look for it this afternoon and he ended up jumping it too. He got a better look at it than I did and it appears that I hit it lower then I thought. (right front leg not the shoulder) He also said it looked like it was digging up acorns around the bed and when he jumped it, it was moving pretty good. Also, it looked like it quit bleeding. I have seen deer with three legs on several occasions so just maybe it might survive. I guess I am still going to go out and hunt. I still plan on trying to go after this deer. My next days off are on Wednesday and Saturday. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks again for the advice.

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I have found that the tendency with a flinter, or any gun is to drop the gun as it fires. May have happened to you? I have told folks that a flinter is very similar to a bow in that you need to allow for follow thru.

That deer will be ok and now, I'm wondering if chasing it really is good for it, unless, of course, you can get up on it and get a good killing shot into her.






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