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#5475473 - 12/14/14 08:06 AM Clean miss?
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I finally got a shot at a decent buck, and I can't find any blood. I've never missed any animal I've shot at, so I'm a little frazzled. I'm back in my blind just in case he comes back. I'll check for blood and the buck again this afternoon. I'm assuming I got a clean miss. Boy how heart-wrenching.
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#5475478 - 12/14/14 08:10 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Where were you aiming & how did he act?

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#5475482 - 12/14/14 08:13 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Did you see the shot or know full well that your eyes were open and seeing the spot on the animal that was your aim point? Did you see his reaction when the gun fired? If yes to both of these, and you know the rifle is accurate because you checked it recently, then you probably just overlooked him.

Not sure how many deer you've taken, but a well hit deer can easily run 50 yards or more before hitting the ground. And some might run even more and show little or no reaction to the hit.

Whatever the case, if you didn't spend at least a half hour looking, then you need to go back and keep looking.

I have a good friend who took up deer hunting without a mentor and later admitted he didn't know how many deer he may have left in the woods after we found a deer he had shot that had run off. He had never been told that deer often run some distance after being hit. He honestly believed that if he hit a deer, it would always drop immediately.
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#5475491 - 12/14/14 08:20 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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I was watching him for 10 minutes, waiting for a shot. Maybe a little adrenaline got to me. He finally turned towards me, quartering somewhat. I aimed at the brisket left side. My rifle is accurate to about 300 yds. This shot was approximately 175-200yds. I didn't see his reaction.
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#5475493 - 12/14/14 08:22 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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I looked for about 30 min so far, but I came back to the blind just in case he comes back out. I'm waiting for my father-in-law to get here so that we can spend the afternoon searching.
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#5475496 - 12/14/14 08:27 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Originally Posted By: Captain Luke
This shot was approximately 175-200yds. I didn't see his reaction.


If you didn't see his reaction given the distance, I'm leaning towards a miss.

It will be a wonder if he returns today. Not to sound negative, but you'll be lucky if he returns to that same spot this season.
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#5475498 - 12/14/14 08:28 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Good Luck...
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#5475502 - 12/14/14 08:30 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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I'll update the outcome later. Thanks.
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#5475510 - 12/14/14 08:33 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Pulled any and hit front shoulder at that angle there won't be squat for blood but deer won't usually go that far.

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#5475513 - 12/14/14 08:36 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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I'm hoping you're right.
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#5475515 - 12/14/14 08:37 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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I used my 300 win mag by the way. 150 grain.
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#5475603 - 12/14/14 09:34 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: rifleman
Pulled any and hit front shoulder at that angle there won't be squat for blood but deer won't usually go that far.


Agree, depending on which direction you pulled, either clean miss, or you go some "looking " to do.

Good luck.
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#5475652 - 12/14/14 10:05 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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200 isn't a slam dunk, particularly if he's somewhat facing you and you've had extra time to think about the shot and let a little adrenaline flow. Good luck on the search, check all the possible trails in the direction he headed and see what you can find.
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#5475669 - 12/14/14 10:19 AM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Good luck.
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#5475879 - 12/14/14 12:44 PM Re: Clean miss? [Re: Captain Luke]
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Also keep and eye on bushes or shrubs around where he was standing for signs of hair, blood or meat. Thought I missed once because no blood and my dad went back to the spot and saw some hair and meat 2 feet off the ground on a shrub branch, we found the deer 30 yards from there.

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