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Old 12-02-2013, 03:47 PM
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I am ready to get some hate here...I shot a 6 point buck perfectly,but the blood trail ended,which was very surprising after numerous pools of blood.It was my first hunt ever.We never found that buck.And I cant get over it.I pretty much cried in the field.I am ready for you guys to yell "MAN UP" at me...but if you guys can tell me some stories of your lost deer that would be great...I don't want to feel alone.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:01 AM
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You are not alone It happens to the best no hate here
All you can do is search for that deer until you are confident you will not find that deer one thing you could do if they are available & legal where you are is call in a blood tracking dog it is amazing what little or no blood you can see that these dogs can track.
Last point I can make is if you don't feel bad about not finding a wounded animal then you shouldn't be hunting as hunters we need to respect the game we are after.
Good Luck on the rest of your season
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:15 AM
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No hate here either. It's a big concern for many hunters but it does happen, we learn as much as we can from the experience and move on.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:45 AM
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it happens, the point has been made that once we have exhausted every effort to locate the animal then we have give up. Now many lost animals can be attributed to poor shot selection especially with archers. Seeing the exit path of the arrow goes a long way towards waiting for an ethical shot. I've never lost a deer with a firearm, however, that's not the case with archery equipment. I wish I could take back a couple of poor shots over the last 40 years especially youthful mistakes.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:08 AM
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There are pretty much two types of deer hunters; those that have unfortunately lost a wounded deer and those that will.....

Tough to figure that any animal shot "perfectly" would not be found after a reasonable trailing job. Rather, you might figure that your perfect sight picture at trigger pull was affected by one of several factors such as an unseen branch between muzzle and target or a deer that moved just as you squeezed the trigger, just to name a couple.

All ethical hunters regret such occurances and strive to do all they can to reduce the chance of something similar happening again. Trailing a wounded deer is a whole nother skill that needs to be added to a good hunter's skill set. You, however, can only practice it after a deer that's be shot moves off out of sight.

Best of luck on all your future hunts!
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:58 PM
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It happens. Take this opportunity to resolve to yourself in the off-season to get better at tracking. Use the experience to learn and grow as a hunter. We owe it to the game.
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