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Old 12-03-2012, 08:50 AM
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Well while attending church yesterday I FINALLY talked my brother and sister-in-law into letting me take their 10year old son (my nephew) out hunting last night. Long story short, they allowed him to go and it was the final day of Rifle season and it was just doe only season with rifle. I was hoping to get at least one doe if not two so that I could donate them to the Share the Harvest program here in Missouri that feeds hungry families.
I picked my nephew up at around 2:30 and we headed to the tower stand. Right off the bat we saw about 10-15 toms and jakes and that really got him excited. I told him about how seeing them is a good thing b/c deer and turkeys are often working together when it comes to predator sighting. If deer see turkeys running, typically they wont stay around long either.
We didn't see much and at this time of year it's getting dark by 5pm. I told him that with the unusually high temps we've been having (high of 73 yesterday) they may not come out till last light. Which they did.
I saw a doe come out across the hayfield and I judged it to be around 450-500 yds away. What I'm about to tell you, I'm not proud of and yes, I was stupid. I decided to take the shot. Thankfully I missed, twice. I don't know what I was doing, or why I did that and I'm sort of disappointed in myself for taking such a long range shot. I guess you could say I was trying to play the part of "big-shot uncle". Well after the second shot, I saw more deer scatter from the area and I noticed there looked to be something laying on the ground. We waited a little longer but not till completely dark, and got down to go see if I did in fact get a doe. While walking there, we actually ran into the 4 does that we saw earlier and while standing up I took a very well balanced and well-placed shot. The does were around 200-250 yds away now. Somehow they circled around and came closer to us w/out us knowing it. Shot 1 missed, shot 2 missed and scattered them again. I then was in disbelief. I couldn't believe what I was doing. I then told myself I need to make this last shot count (IF I can get one). So I steadied myself as best I could while standing there and fired one last shot at a doe standing broadside, miss #5.

Needless to say, my nephew thought me shooting was the coolest thing ever and getting to see turkeys AND deer both was a blast. We had a long talk on the way home about how I taught him a lesson today... how NOT TO HUNT. He asked me "how so"? and I explained to him that the first 2 shots I took were too far away. I should've never shot because you don't want to injure a deer, you want to kill it right then and there if at all possible. 450+yds is too far and I should've known better. Then I explained to him that the next 3 misses were wrong too. I should've known after 2 misses on the same deer that my scope has to be off. (THAT's what I'm checking tonight b/c it's killing me). I should've never shot that 3rd time having known the first two shots at 250 yds were good shots and missed.

So, let the insults begin, I know I did the wrong thing and rest assured, I'll never hunt like that again- especially with my nephew or son or whomever along.

I will have to say that I did a blast taking him and he really enjoyed it and wants to go again. I can't wait until my son is old enough to go too.
...and on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my times has come, still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore!

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:21 AM
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I think we have all at one point or another have made poor decisions because of being cought up in the moment. I think it's the reconising it and changing is called learning Fri our mistakes. I also lie that you said you explained to your nephew how and why what was wrong. I say don't beat yourself up over it, regroup and go another day.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:55 PM
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You didn't blow anything. Ya you made some crappy shots but you explained why it was wrong. The important thing is you got to take him out, you saw some animals, and he learned a lot more than if he had been at home setting on the couch.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:50 PM
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Tator Tator Tator, at least you didn't say you ran out of bullets which I did many years ago. He should be pretty good next year knowing what not to do!
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:21 AM
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Wow I can't belive especially you HM letting Tator off this easy after all the crap he has givin you LOL
Tator Life is about making mistakes & learning from them & you did one better you learned from it & also taught your nephew to learn from it so hopefuly he won't do the same I am hoping the scope is off & you are really not that bad of a shot but I am thinking it's not the scope
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:09 AM
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yeah yeah yeah, get your gabs in. I'm feeling a little better about it, but wish there was more season left to take him out hunting again. I would take him bow hunting, but I don't have any set-ups where two people can hunt from since i've always been by myself. I've hinted to my wife multiple times that I'd like to get a 2-person stand that way when I do take my kids or nephews We can sit together even on bow hunts. I think he'd REALLY get excited on a bow hunt since we'd be more closer to the action.

HM--- I never have too few bullets on me... I always carry about 3x the amount I need.... just in case, say, a pack of 20 coyotes show up and I need to go rambo on them.
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