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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Llewellyn, Schuylkill Co, 4C
Re: Awesome but lucky and unbelievable shots
Being a little longer in the tooth now, I know it was a flat-out dumb shot.
1986...archery season...I was 17, my cousin was 16. We had seen a nice 8 point that liked to bed above what we called "Tim Harvey's Coalhole".
Well, I headed out to the old treestand on the 4th dam, and Dave snuck up through the bush above the 1st, on a slow sneak toward me.
Harvey's was in between the 1st and 2nd dams. As stated I was at the 4th....About 3/4 mile away as the crow flies. Open logging road above and below that whole bush though...The deer head straight through that bush when pushed, going for the thick chopoffs at the end.
Dave got that 8 moving along with 5 doe...The buck and 3 doe passed me up high at about 60 yards....No shot.
The other 2 doe came straight at me then veered low....The first one flashed through the shooting lane heading left to right at 30 yards, I drew the old Bear Alaskan and when the second one hit the left side on the lane, I sent an arrow down the right side of it.
I figured I shot WAY in front of her but could not see the fluorescent nock on the arrow. Climbed down...walked down the lane to the tree she passed and found churned up leaves. followed her path for a few yards and found a small spot of blood.
Dave got there at about that time and said he would follow the track for a little bit then circle into the beginning of the chop and bring it back....see if he could find the trail.
I didn't even get back to the base of the tree when Dave hollered to me...."Might as well come down, She's painting the bush red."
That was one of the unluckiest deer to have ever roamed these mountains. I didn't release too early, I actually released the arrow a split second late...The arrow hit a few inches behind the left shoulder, caught the rear of the lung, went through the diaphragm and centered the liver.
She only make it about 75 yards.
I looked at Dave and said..."You know what, That was Stupid"...He agreed.
I've never even thought about trying that again...I know my luck is all used up.
Don't let the name fool Ya!