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#6958185 - 11/13/17 09:45 AM I screwed up
budward Offline

Registered: 01/20/17
Posts: 170
I've hunted all my life, and I screwed up today on a deer. I shot a buck that was too small. I never thought I would be capable of screwing up this bad after all my years hunting but I guess it can happen to anyone. I had been hunting HARD for 9 days, not missing one hunt, hunting in the rain, cold, etc etc. Saw maybe 3 bucks during that time, passed on all 3 along with more does than I could count. My friend comes out one day, immediately shoots a trophy 11 pt in one sitting. While being Extremely happy for him, It does kind of wear on your hunting fortitude after you've been busting butt the past week. Well, yesterday one of the bucks I had passed on earlier that week came busting out of the brush chasing after a doe and it was one of those moments you just get caught up in, after 9 days of not pulling the trigger I got so excited I shot the buck thinking it was much bigger than it was. I immediately knew I had screwed up and have been chastising and beating myself up about it since. After all the protein, year round corn and herd management efforts, I feel like i made about the dumbest mistake you can make. But, it happens. I figured it would make me feel better to admit it to a bunch of people I don't know. So here it is. Feeling pretty low right now! So don't go too hard on me.

#6958186 - 11/13/17 09:46 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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Too small or too young?

#6958201 - 11/13/17 09:57 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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Chit happens.

I did almost the same thing 3 or 4 years ago. I was about to get in my blind and saw what appeared to be a real nice and wide 8 point 30 yards out staring at me through a small opening in the brush right at my blind, my heart started thumping hard. Snuck up into the blind looked out the window and he was about to go onto the neighbors property to the east, before he went under the fence he turned quarted back at me and bam.

Excited as heck until I came upon his small young bodied what I believe to be a 2 1/2 year old 8 point with an 18" inside spread, kicked myself for a month over that hammer
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#6958208 - 11/13/17 10:01 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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I did the same thing after 15 years of bow hunting I shot an 11 point 4.5 yr old. Out of 8 bucks he is the youngest by 2 years. I've been pretty upset with myself too, but can't put him back in the pasture so we must deal with it.
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#6958211 - 11/13/17 10:02 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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The big buck you were hunting will be bigger next year.
Sometimes it's hard being me! But somebody has to do it.

#6958218 - 11/13/17 10:09 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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"Ground shrinkage" happens to the best of us, especially as the season draws to a close. It was most likely the peer pressure that made you a victim so soon.

Like all lessons in life, you learn from it and move on.

Spring, Texas

#6958229 - 11/13/17 10:17 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
Didls Offline
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Registered: 11/12/17
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I appreciate this thread! It certainly makes me feel a little better about my mistake. At 100 yards I had a positive identity on an 11 point that I had on camera. I had been seeing this buck all summer. My other feeder at 50 yards for pig went off. I thought he had headed for it. In a new blind and the sun gone i see him there. No real excuses here but my rookie status. It was not him but a buck I had passed on twice earlier in the hunt.
In a couple of years he would have been a real trophy. When I went to retrieve him now dark I saw the 11 pointer in the tree line with my flashlight his red eyes glowing.
Lessons learned
Patience, Re ID, Scope magnification,

#6958230 - 11/13/17 10:17 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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It's just a deer. Don't worry about it. Younger ones are better eating.

#6958237 - 11/13/17 10:21 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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It happens. Don't beat yourself up.

#6958252 - 11/13/17 10:27 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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If you hunt in an AR county as long as the buck was 13" wide or unbranched on one side, don't worry about it.

#6958262 - 11/13/17 10:29 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
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Just kidding, it's just a deer. Who cares.

#6958279 - 11/13/17 10:37 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
It's just a deer. Don't worry about it. Younger ones are better eating.
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants.

"Death is permanent...everything else is temporary!"

"You Cannot Simultaneously Be Politically Correct And Intellectually Honest!"

#6958302 - 11/13/17 10:47 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 317
Don't worry about it. Enjoy the meat, and you've probably learned something for next time.

#6958320 - 11/13/17 10:58 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
xitnet Offline
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Registered: 05/13/17
Posts: 46
Loc: Amarillo, TX
At 64 years old and hunting most of it, I've done that more than once. Just laugh it off and think about the quality time you had a chance to enjoy instead of working, chores or honey do's. Congrats!!

#6958322 - 11/13/17 10:59 AM Re: I screwed up [Re: budward]
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Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 1171
Loc: Forney TX

It happens
Don't be overly sensitive!!!

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