Hooked on HuntingPa
Back To Top
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Sharpsville, PA 1A
I feel ill! Missed him...maybe?
Got into my stand tonight, my first real season with a crossbow, have seen numerous deer but nothing like tonight. I have a Parker cyclone top of the line. I'm up about 15 feet, actually lower than I usually am. I let out a grunt and within 2 minutes catch a glimpse of what I think is a bird flying. Turns out to be a huge 10pt at least coming my way. I'm all ready and have lasered my distances along my shooting lanes. He stops occasionally over the next 5 minutes, but just a little grunt gets him going again. I pick an opening that is gonna be the closest he'll get to me on his current path and let out another grunt, he stops dead and I let one fly. I can't really see where the arrow goes through the scope but I hear crashing in the brush behind him. He takes off up the trail and starts trotting and then walking as he gets further away. I still have no idea if I hit him. I call a buddy and wait 45 minutes to come down, still grunting to see if I can call him back, but no luck. My buddy has me stay in my stand and point to where I shot at him. We searched about a 40 yard circle and no arrow at all, Nor any blood, or hair. Now I'm worried about switching to a crossbow could have cost me a nice buck. I've had mathews up until I bought the crossbow and know I would have smoked the deer at that distance. But with the heavier bolt, now I have to constanty calcuate distance and what pin to use, My Outback was good to 35 yds with 1 pin. Will be going out at first light to look for the arrow and/or deer if we find blood. Thanks for letting me rant guys, but I still feel I would have had him with the compound. How's it go, the higher up you are, you should aim lower? I can't remember. I Will keep you updated.