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#6517271 - 10/29/16 11:57 AM heartbreaking morning
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took my oldest son out for youth season....kid has been pumped about it.

Hunting a new place close to my house, seen a few possible canidates for him to get but nothing to get really excited about personally.


got in the blind at 6:50, feeder goes off at 7:15. Few deer start milling in, several young bucks I've seen in a few past sits. Then I see tines walking thru the cedars.

about a 130 class 5 year old 8 point comes out and starts running everything off the feeder. we wait about 5 min to let it get a little more light. gun goes out the window, get set up, a few more min waiting for him to get broadside and clear of a few small cedars. doe runs off and buck starts to follow her out, I bark twice at her, he stops broadside at 80 yards and I hear the boom but no "thud" that signals a bullet hit. buck wheels and high tails it outta there. My heart sinks but I hold out some hope. we go look and find no blood. Its a very clear trail he went down and I follow it finding no blood or hair. I look all over the place before we finally give up the search....on the way back he admits he raised his head right before he pulled the trigger.


Poor guy I feel so bad for him, this was by far and away a better buck than I had expected him to get a shot at
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#6517278 - 10/29/16 12:02 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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It happens, how did he take it? I can't wait to let my boy shoot in a couple years, but he I know he wears his heart on his sleeve and will be upset first time he misses. I remember missing a deer for the first time and thought life was over

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#6517281 - 10/29/16 12:04 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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Bummer. I'm sure we've all been there. Hope he gets another crack this evening

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#6517296 - 10/29/16 12:18 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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That's why they call it hunting. Hopefully he gets another chance. Chin up!
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#6517302 - 10/29/16 12:28 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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There's airways a lesson to be learned when hunting. There will be another chance.

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#6517431 - 10/29/16 02:39 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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I hope he gets another shot at it.

Of course, mom will be hunting as well and she won't lay off him, nor would I expect her to.

I see him while bow hunting I'm probably gonna sling an arrow at him, not gonna lie

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#6517433 - 10/29/16 02:40 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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I had my son on his first deer hunt...no chance to shoot though. I was hoping he could just get a doe since we have too many. We did at least see 7 of the, in two groups. Just way too far to try a shot. When we hung it up, we agreed it was great to be together, outside and we know there are plenty of chances left this season.

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#6517541 - 10/29/16 05:09 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: MikeOH]
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Originally Posted By: MikeOH
When we hung it up, we agreed it was great to be together, outside and we know there are plenty of chances left this season.
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Outstanding! up
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#6517625 - 10/29/16 06:13 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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When I started hunting with my Dad back in 1969 I missed everything for about 3-4 years. Could shoot paper great, just got excited over deer. Later in life and after killing a few deer my Dad confessed he thought I didn't want to kill one, thought I was missing on purpose.
Hopefully he'll get it done next time.
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#6517646 - 10/29/16 06:33 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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Hey, at least he knew what he did at the shot. That's no small thing. He'll remember it and be a better hunter for it.
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#6517739 - 10/29/16 07:53 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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It has happened to all of us at one time or another. Tell him to keep his head up and keep hunting. With the rut about to start that buck will be back chasing those does, maybe even in the morning. up
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#6517773 - 10/29/16 08:40 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. Tell him to keep his head up and keep hunting. With the rut about to start that buck will be back chasing those does, maybe even in the morning. up



would you hunt the same stand or a different one in the AM?


we are gonna go back in the morning, didn't hunt this evening
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#6517790 - 10/29/16 08:48 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. Tell him to keep his head up and keep hunting. With the rut about to start that buck will be back chasing those does, maybe even in the morning. up



would you hunt the same stand or a different one in the AM?


we are gonna go back in the morning, didn't hunt this evening

Depends on the buck and how he reacted to the shot.
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#6517842 - 10/29/16 09:33 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. Tell him to keep his head up and keep hunting. With the rut about to start that buck will be back chasing those does, maybe even in the morning. up



would you hunt the same stand or a different one in the AM?


we are gonna go back in the morning, didn't hunt this evening

Depends on the buck and how he reacted to the shot.


he just wheeled and ran off. didn't haul but just kinda trotted off
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#6517856 - 10/29/16 09:56 PM Re: heartbreaking morning [Re: txtrophy85]
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I would hunt the feeder with the most deer/doe activity. If he did not get pushed off the place by y'all looking for him then he will be back. IMO His mind is focused on one thing right now and he won't remember your shot missing him.
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