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#5394619 - 11/02/14 07:38 PM I missed.
Nathan at Fork Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/29/07
Posts: 5228
Loc: Emory, TX
Dang it! I took a shot at a spike today at 17 yards. I was in a tree stand. I thought I made a good shot but climbed down and the arrow was perfectly clean. I still looked for blood but didn't see any. From where the arrow was sticking out of the dirt, I shot over him. Man that sucks. I know my sights are on as I practiced this afternoon. This is a first for me and I hate it!
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#5394999 - 11/02/14 10:51 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
backwoods89 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/25/12
Posts: 389
Loc: Grayson and montague county
Everybody misses buddy it's just part of it keep shooting!
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#5395024 - 11/02/14 11:25 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
Terry Chester Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 80
Loc: Decatur, TX
I missed, this and last year. Don't let it get you down, if a hunter says he hasn't missed, step back lightening is about to strike....

Don't give up, get back on the horse, this case your blind, get back in the game.

Good luck to ya
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#5395035 - 11/02/14 11:33 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33685
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
It happens, better than a wounded and/or lost deer.

Might try practicing from that stand and see if your trajectory changes. Sometimes the different angles cause people to use a different anchor point resulting in either a low or high shot.

Good luck and keep at them up
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#5395073 - 11/03/14 12:28 AM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
Nathan at Fork Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/29/07
Posts: 5228
Loc: Emory, TX
That's a good point. I have not shot from an elevated position before. All my shooting has been on the ground. Ill have the wife lift me up in the bucket of the tractor tomorrow to shoot at my target a few times to see if it changes anything for me. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks all for the encouragements!
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#5395192 - 11/03/14 05:39 AM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
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Registered: 04/22/10
Posts: 3851
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I haven't missed all year; I haven't shot at anything. laugh
I've had nothing but double fork horn bucks or bucks that did meet the 13" spread. I had a doe with some yearlings in two weeks ago, if she shows again, one of the yearlings is going to spend some time in my freezer. chef best deer meat I've ever eaten.

You'll get on track once you practice from heights.


Edited by bjankowski (11/03/14 05:40 AM)
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#5395366 - 11/03/14 07:48 AM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
BOBO the Clown Offline
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41117
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Nathan at Fork
Dang it! I took a shot at a spike today at 17 yards. I was in a tree stand. I thought I made a good shot but climbed down and the arrow was perfectly clean. I still looked for blood but didn't see any. From where the arrow was sticking out of the dirt, I shot over him. Man that sucks. I know my sights are on as I practiced this afternoon. This is a first for me and I hate it!


Don't feel bad I missed a 180" mule deer this year. That's after spending three days glassing him and patterning him.

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#5395818 - 11/03/14 10:19 AM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 20293
Loc: Texas
If you shoot at very many deer a miss will happen, learning from those misses can be important. Practicing from hunting positions can help a lot. Learning when to take the shot and not take the shot is also important.
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#5396075 - 11/03/14 11:34 AM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
ancuegar Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/15/14
Posts: 160
Loc: Katy, TX
i missed for the first time in many years 2 weeks ago. made me sick but nothing got wounded. just made me madder and i practiced alot more!
everyone misses and the angles do change things that you need to know about.

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#5396393 - 11/03/14 01:21 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
wwhunter Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 116
Happens to all of us but hey better a clean miss than a wounded lost deer

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#5396420 - 11/03/14 01:32 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
unclebubba Offline
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Registered: 11/07/11
Posts: 1217
Loc: Collin County, TX
I once missed a huge buck and then the same doe 3 times. This happened the week after I exclaimed to my Brother in law, "I've gotten so good with the bow, I don't think I am even going to pick up my rifle this year!" Previous to me saying that, I truly had never missed. Should have kept my mouth shut! If you hunt long enough, you will miss again.
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#5399273 - 11/04/14 09:09 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
7ARanch Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1525
Loc: Tarrant/Jack, County
I've missed high before from an elevated stand too until I learned about the cause and effect. A couple of things to check. The natural thing to do is to drop your bow arm and when you do you change everything, the higher your stand the more it will effect your point of impact. So try doing that and see the impact, then try drawing your bow normally and bending at the waist instead of dropping your arm. That should keep all your angles more normal and you will probably shoot just fine. You can see the difference in the house, act like your drawing your bow and drop your arm then do the same and bend at the waist. You immediately see the difference in your form.
Good luck!
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#5399478 - 11/04/14 10:23 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
fishhound Offline
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Registered: 10/20/08
Posts: 750
Loc: San Antonio area
At least it was just a Spike. I missed a Huge 8 pointer one time before I knew how to properly tune a bow.

Aside from that...I practice from a tripod that is the same height as my stand from time to time. Seems to Help with confidence in my aiming point.

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#5399531 - 11/04/14 11:05 PM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
Jim A. Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/23/07
Posts: 276
Loc: The Great State of Texas
I missed this year as well. I didn't see a small branch and the arrow deflected and stuck in a tree 7ft up. I was sick!! That tiny branch is no longer there!!
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#5402650 - 11/06/14 09:48 AM Re: I missed. [Re: Nathan at Fork]
Nathan at Fork Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/29/07
Posts: 5228
Loc: Emory, TX
UPDATE

I am the WORST bowhunter EVER! I cant believe I shot over another spike this morning. Shot placement was perfect left and right but just over his back at 35 yards. How frustrating! Ive practiced quite a bit this week as well and am on. Ive figured out my problem though. I am simply aiming to high. Ive always rifle hunted and aimed high behind the front shoulder and have dropped them. Well, I have been aiming at the same spot with the bow. I need to aim lower on the deer. Its that simple.

This is only my second year bowhunting even though Ive shot a bow for years. LAst year I took my first bow shot at a deer ever and got a doe. Im learning and hopefully now that I have figured out my issue with shooting high, Ill be good to go.
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