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#6090532 - 12/18/15 07:18 AM I have no clue
Jasb Offline
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So my dad is at the lease and I'm hunting another ranch 10 miles away. He always lets me know where he's at as he is older and he knows dang good and well that I will clean any deer he shoots and help him out. I had just gotten up in my blind and my phone rings (not a text) and it's my dad that says he shot a monster buck. He goes on to tell me it's a 125 yard shot and the deer stumbled and went behind a bush. I told him to hang on and I'll be there in a few. Took me 30 minutes to get there and he's still in the blind. He tells me the story again and we walk that way. We get 20 yards from the spot and Mr. BIG gets up and runs, I pull up my gun just in time to see him jump effortlessly over the fence and into the trees. We go to the spot the deer had laid down and no blood. We walk his path to the fence and no blood. This deer had been laying on the ground 30 minutes and not a drop!!! I find a small piece of brown hair and meat the half the size of a dime and nothing else. I walked the place for 2 hours without any other sign of the deer...
My dad is a great shot, shoots pigs all year and for the most part I have never seen him miss, I just dont know what went on here!!! I asked if he was nervous and he said he didnt have any time to, that he just saw the buck and knew who he was and shot him. I think I might be as sick as he is after seeing the buck running away...

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#6090548 - 12/18/15 07:28 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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That's got to be super frustrating! Next beer is on me! Lol
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#6090560 - 12/18/15 07:35 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Tenacious Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Tenacious Hunter
That's got to be super frustrating! Next beer is on me! Lol
And I'm in Abilene so I might just take you up on that!

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#6090561 - 12/18/15 07:35 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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Just curious, what caliber was he shooting?

I know the feeling well, sux!
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#6090564 - 12/18/15 07:36 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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It happens, in another thread I told of a perfectly place shot that took 6 hours and 3.5 mi to retrieve
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#6090572 - 12/18/15 07:41 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Stevarino]
Jasb Offline
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Originally Posted By: Stevarino
Just curious, what caliber was he shooting?

I know the feeling well, sux!
25.06 Fed fusion ammo...the issue to me is the no blood for 30 minutes of being on the ground. I cannot figure out where this deer was hit!

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#6090581 - 12/18/15 07:45 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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its crazy to me that a deer would bed so quick if not a fatal shot. We had a member this year hit a doe in the leg. Looked for 6 hours and found a little bone and 1 spec of blood.

So where can you hit a deer thy would make it bed quick and not bleed? Very odd.
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#6090587 - 12/18/15 07:49 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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I have seen this before with my brother. Same story on big MD buck. I think they hit them forward shoulder. Like being hit with a linebacker, knocks them over and takes them a while to gather their senses and then the get up like they haven't been hit and you never find them.
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#6090592 - 12/18/15 07:50 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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Shot the first buck I ever shot at through the end of the brisket. Deer lived but he also bedded less than 10 yards from where I shot him. He left a decent blood trail for a few yards and spots where he layed up.

Sounds like a heavy muscle hit to me. Sorry to hear.
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#6090600 - 12/18/15 07:54 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Stevarino]
Jasb Offline
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Originally Posted By: Stevarino
its crazy to me that a deer would bed so quick if not a fatal shot. We had a member this year hit a doe in the leg. Looked for 6 hours and found a little bone and 1 spec of blood.

So where can you hit a deer thy would make it bed quick and not bleed? Very odd.
He said that he watched him and the deer looked at him and did the "death stumble". I feel sorry for the next buck that walks in front of the old man!! I'll be he takes a follow up shot even if the deer is on the ground. I dont think I could feel any worse for my dad who never shoots bucks and this happens. "Mr. Big" is a 150 ish ten point...

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#6090601 - 12/18/15 07:54 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I have seen this before with my brother. Same story on big MD buck. I think they hit them forward shoulder. Like being hit with a linebacker, knocks them over and takes them a while to gather their senses and then the get up like they haven't been hit and you never find them.


Yep. Seen it before, too. Strange things happen out there.
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#6090612 - 12/18/15 08:02 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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Call a dog if you found a little sign. The dog might find more than you found. It sounds like to me it was a high shot of some kind without a pass thru. The deer are really fat this year and fat can cover and entry/exit hole easily. Did you find tracks were he jumped the fence?
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#6090637 - 12/18/15 08:19 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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Had a guy at the lease shoot a nice buck in the middle of a clear field.. Saw it go down. He ejected his shell and reached down to the floor to pick it up. Looked up and the buck was gone! We searched for two hours and never found it.
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#6090640 - 12/18/15 08:22 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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Go to closest creek or water. Wounded deer usually will go to water.

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#6090648 - 12/18/15 08:26 AM Re: I have no clue [Re: Jasb]
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Dog will give you both peace of mind even if the dog does not find the deer.
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