Re: Hunting Alone?
I guess I'd worry about them too. Are you or your husband always with one of them when they go hunting?
I wouldn't think too much about what went wrong. If you practise and get good groupings at 40yrds, then maybe there was a fluke. A last second flinch, gust of wind, she dodged it, etc...
I actually just had my first miss/shot last Friday. I know what went wrong. I got to my boyfriends right after work. Changed and ran to the stand. I'm there for 5 mins and here she comes. Maybe about 10yrds away, if that. Walking broadside of me to the right. I raised my bow, got her to stop, and shot. I think it went under her. I should not have taken that shot. I was shaking so bad. Lol First time I ever shot an arrow at a deer and I forget rule number 1. Patience, steadiness. At least that's out of my system now. She didn't even run. I had to have my boyfriends brother bring me another arrow (yeah I went in with only one). She was still there when he gave it to me but left when he did. 20mins later, she comes back. I had a perfect shot again. This time the shaking was gone, but when I pulled back, my release wasn't set good and boing went my arrow. Haha Of course she came back again awhile later, but with 4 friends and with so many eyes so close, I couldn't move to make a shot.
The next day I was in a different spot and I was told a trick. I was hunting at the edge of a field so figuring out where in the 60yrd width field the deer is, would be hard without checking. So you grab a big rock of log and stick it out there and range it. That way when you got a deer in site, but can't range it without being seen, you look at where it is in relation to the object you already ranged. It seemed so simple to me, but it was awesome. I knew right where I needed the deer to be for my comfort zone.