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#6054550 - 11/28/15 12:25 PM My son missed his first deer!
JH117 Online   content
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 199
Loc: parker county
Got off work yesterday and decided to take the boy out to the blind. Even with the rain we saw a few bucks moving. One spike popped out that was on our hit list so I decided to let my son shoot. He was nervous and I could here him breathing hard. The thing was, he stood eating at a corn pile for 15 min facing straight towards the blind. He asked me if he could shoot him in the neck and I told him if he felt comfortable taking that shot, then go ahead. The buck lifted his head up and, well.....he missed. We looked for blood for 30 min and nothing. This was the first time I let him take a shot at a deer. He's usually a crack shot with his 7mm-08 up to 200 yrds and this deer was only about 120 yrds away. Question is......is this a shot you would let a kid take or do you think from here on out that I should only let him take a broadside shot? I feel horrible that he missed his first opportunity, but I know there will be plenty of more left. He actually shook it off and said he would get him next time and smiled. He promptly then asked, can we go Sunday morning? Love the little guy!

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#6054556 - 11/28/15 12:28 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
jhenderson Online   content
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 5762
Loc: Lake dallas
I probably would have waited for a broadside shot but that's me. I don't even do neck shots. Of course being his first deer, it was probably nervous jitters that got him. We all get them at one point or another.

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#6054568 - 11/28/15 12:37 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 7080
Loc: Ony the Shadow Knows
Man, if the nervous jitters ever stop, I'll stop hunting. Prolly wont be the last time to miss either, it happens. Glad he shook it off and is ready to go again. If it was me, we would be there in the morning...
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#6054735 - 11/28/15 02:24 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 307
^^^^ this

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#6054743 - 11/28/15 02:31 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: Finfeathernfurr]
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Originally Posted By: Finfeathernfurr
^^^^ this

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#6054961 - 11/28/15 04:56 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
TimOub007 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/11
Posts: 365
Think about this, if the deer was broadside with him that nervous then he may have gut shot it. A clean miss is always better than a poor hit.

Encourage him, and it sounds like you may be taking it a little bit harder than your son. Enjoy the time together.

T

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#6055027 - 11/28/15 05:30 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 34513
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
While I wouldn't, I also wouldn't beat yourself up. Talk him up, encourage him and get him back out there. It happens and those jitters can get the best of anyone.
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#6055042 - 11/28/15 05:40 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
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I wouldn't have let him take that shot. But that's done. Just keep encouraging him and get back on the horse.
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#6055108 - 11/28/15 06:26 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
JH117 Online   content
Woodsman

Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 199
Loc: parker county
Appreciate it ya'll. yeah I knew after the shot that it probably wasn't the best idea but in the heat of the moment I let him do it anyway. This is only my second year to hunt so I'm kinda learning as I go. I definitely won't make that mistake again.

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#6055138 - 11/28/15 06:41 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 11/25/10
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I would have done the same thing. There's nothing wrong with a neck shot.

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#6055140 - 11/28/15 06:42 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
tex70 Online   content
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Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 1070
Loc: Georgetown
Just about all of us have missed or made a bad hit at some point.I wouldn't beat yourself up over it, just get back out there & try again up

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#6055162 - 11/28/15 06:55 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: tex70]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: tex70
Just about all of us have missed or made a bad hit at some point.I wouldn't beat yourself up over it, just get back out there & try again up


Much truth here. up
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#6055169 - 11/28/15 07:00 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 05/04/15
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Loc: Denton County
We have all missed a time or two, it's a learning experience. I remember the first one my dad let me shoot, gut shot and he made me clean it, never forget the smell. But it was a good time with dad, he talked me through it. It was not the last time it happen either.
Just being with dad was the best memories, don't have dad now except in memory.

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#6055823 - 11/29/15 08:46 AM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: Longhunter]
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 6944
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Longhunter
Man, if the nervous jitters ever stop, I'll stop hunting. Prolly wont be the last time to miss either, it happens. Glad he shook it off and is ready to go again. If it was me, we would be there in the morning...


Yep...this

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#6056105 - 11/29/15 12:06 PM Re: My son missed his first deer! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 10/09/10
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Loc: Mount Pleasant, TX
I probably missed my first 6 shots, all for different reasons, but I learned. It's paying off big time these days!

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