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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Elwood City/Elk county
What would you have done?
Friday I was off and had a lot of activity. Grunting 6 point nose to the ground. 5 doe 50 yards out. One doe came to 30 yards (now most of you know I also hunt with a Crossbow), during the morning hunt I had my bow. I shot at the Doe and I could tell I hit it but It was back and low. Knowing this I waited 30 minutes went down to see the arrow found what I thought I would. Blood, but the wrong kind. I immediately left the woods. Came back 3 hours later. Brought my crossbow this time. I hunt on Semi private land where I can use my ATV. I am driving along back to where I had my stand and sure enough Mr. Big is standing 15 yards off the path. I stopped, shut the quad off got off the quad, cocked the crossbow then my senses came back to me. Wait dont shoot, you have a wounded deer or dead deer somewhere in this woods. This 8 point was out past the ears, thick horns and high. Would have been my biggest pa buck ever and I have taken a buck every year for the past 26 years. I did not shoot... It is killing me but I know I did the right thing.
The rest of the day I look for the doe. Stopped bleeding within 100 yards. I must have walked two miles, then looked again on Saturday, and then today. Just dont know where she went... but I did find Mr. Bigs bedroom...
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