The deadly accurate excalibur strikes again!! I finally got an evening to take my 9 year old son out. We were only in the double ladder stand literally 5 minutes (I was still range finding locations) and my son let me know there was a buck in front of us! It was a really nice 9 or 10 point at 75 yds. He scented our trail in and was spooked. He hung around a bit standing next to our entrance trail but was on major alert ... then was gone.
About an hour later I saw a doe in the thick brush next to us, then another on the other side of us. They came and went like ghosts b/c it was so think. Sure enough, he picked out another buck. "Dad, there's another buck in front of us"
I tried repeatedly to range find but only had seconds before he was lost in the brush. Finally got a lock on at 38yds. I told my boy to hold the second arrow (40 yd pin) right on the vitals. (He has been shooting great at 30 yds with a rest ... tight groups right on ... I was still a little hesitant though).
There was a branch in the way close to us. The deer was looking away so he moved over and sat on my lap. He set the forearm on the rest and scoped him. I took the safety off. I told him to make sure its perfect and touch off. He did and I heard a loud CRACK. I was sure it was a shoulder. He took off looking like he was hit hard.
We got down and went to the spot. Found a broken arrow, blood on both pieces with white hairs. I felt a little sick knowing it was probably low but still hoped for the best. We quietly slipped back home for a while. We returned 45 minutes later and started tracking. I tracked for about 30 yds and started feeling pretty good. I gave him the lead and backed off. I told him to look ahead once in a while to look for a body.
He trailed about 15 yds and said "Dad there he is"! There he was ... a 5 point with a bigger body that he was entitled to! We were both really excited. He hit in the upper leg then angled thru the front of chest, barely clipping the heart and piece of lungs. I went back and used te range finder from the spot he hit it and ranged the treestand ... 46 yds! The rangefinder must have locked onto something else originally. That was a pretty darn good shot all considered. I have killed many archery deer but have never even attempted a shot over 35 yds!