First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

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First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby sticknstringarchery » Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:56 am

SO I posted about a spot I found on Monday and was going to hunt Tuesday.

I hunted it. It was a great hunt to say the least. Best one every.

I had a good feeling when I jumped 3 doe in the middle of a pasture at 12:30 on my way to the stand.
About 4:00pm I took my bow off the hanger and put it between my legs just incase. At 4:15 4 does came in on the top of the hill in the pasture. I stood up and watched as they made their way down to the corner woodline I was in. as her head tucked behind a tree I drew and waited. I judged her at 22-25yd. She stepped out from the tree and was broadside. I set my 20 pin slightly above her vitals, checked my anchor points and slowly squeezed. WHACK!!! Dead hitexactly where my 20yd pin was placed. I was just a little high. My arrow did not pass through either which surprised me. I'm shooting 285fps with a COC. I watched her run over the hill she came from. I shot the video of my reaction:

http://youtu.be/5qzBPZO4HGQ

I recorded my reaction with my kodack easy share. This was my first verbalization of my emotions.

It wasn't 30seconds to a minute later when I heard the roar of my wifes convict 17year old cousin tearing through the pasture. Doing doughnuts 50yd from where I saw her head. He was on the oposite side of a tree ligned branch that seperates the two pastures. I knew where she was headed until that point. I knew she had to have crashed. I climed down and within 15 min he was coming my way. I was trying to find blood and I told him I hit one. Before I could get anything out after that he was headed to look for her and his no muffler Z71 was too loud for him to hear me say no not yet.

I looked for blood in the pasture for a good 40 minutes while he was out rampaiging around in that loud beast he has. The sun went down on me trying to fond blood. An hour aftter the shot I headed back to the house.

One of my buddies came over and we searched another almost 2 hours. We found nothing. At this point no arrow, no blood and no deer.

Yesterday I had school and when I got out I headed out again for another 2 hours. I then gave up for a couple hours to try to hunt and just couldn't. I came out to fix the 4wheeler for my wife and son to ride for a little while and I went on down to look some more. An hour after dark I found a spot in the fence that was broke. Hair all over it and thick on the other side. I wasn't near where I saw her run at all. I backed out to go look today. I went out on my porche a couple hours later and heard coyotes going to town. They found her. I finally have closure. I am not happy with it but, at least i know how it ended instead of worrying about if she is wondering around the woods hurt.

I am not happy about the out come and next time I will do a better job of trackiing. I learned a lot from this, one of which is a lot about tracking deer from being drilled with a bow is way different than with a gun. Another is that I now know I can do it. I have no doubt in my mind anymore that I can and will kill another deer with a bow.

Sory for not having pics of my first kill looking all happy with my bow and arrow laid accros her. That will come with the next one. Hopefully this weekend!!! Conditions look perfect.

Oh and please, I am not looking for you should have this and should have that. I have had that on another forum already.

Good luck to everyine else on their season!!!


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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby Brandon » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:25 am

Chit happens.
Sorry for your loss, but I thing I would like to point out is it was years before I killed more deer than I lost. Dont beat yourself up about it, just get out there and try again.
You know your mistakes, we arent going to point them out again.
Good luck on your next hunt.
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby addisonlee » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:39 am

Nice story. You can never stop learning. Thanks for sharing. Good luck on your next hunt.
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby Zap » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:35 pm

Happens to anyone who bowhunts for any length of time.......even me.. :lol:
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby BigHunt » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:41 pm

no biggy man 8-)
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby Dewey » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:39 pm

Keep your chin up. You did what you had to do to find her and that's what matters. We have all been in the same position at some point and even though it really sucks you have to move on and chalk it up as a learning experience.
Good luck in the future!

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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby sticknstringarchery » Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:42 am

I will be back at it tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon and maybe sunday afternoon, not to mention avaery afternoon I can next week.

Good luck to all!!!!!
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Unread postby Brad » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:44 pm

Sorry for your loss, but I don't think it was your fault. I believe had she not been chased my the kid on 4 wheeler and truck, it may have been a better outcome. Either way she died from your arrow, so you do have a bowkill! You also found her with the aid of animals which we have been discussing a lot here lately, so kudos on that too. I think the next time you will have better luck and good job on staying with her and finding her with the obstacles in your way, that is what bowhunting is all about, not the hero pictures.
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby NightwishMike » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:52 pm

Best of luck to you.
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby cwoods » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:23 am

Dont sweat it too much and keep after it.
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Re: First bow kill, Not the happy ending you would want!!

Unread postby admiral04 » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:16 am

Sorry man. I stuck an 8 pt this yr and didn't get through his shoulder blade. its a bad feeling< but at least now you know why we all love bow hunting


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