I did a through search with a friend who knows and found no deer. The blood was red and stopped. Did not pick up any more blood and looked every where.
It was the first deer I ever shot. Everything happened so fast and I have to admit I was shaking as well.
The shot was a 25 yard shot and I have decided to keep my shots at 20 and below until I get some more experience. I feel that I shot well but a live target with adrenaline rolling is a little different.
I did go back out to the same spot in the afternoon and saw more deer. It was a group different from the ones on the morning hunt which was a long spike guy a nice size doe and a smaller buck with a growth of some sort hanging off it's head, that's the one I shot (could have been a broken antler from rubbing off velvet maybe?). The group this afternoon was a small 4 point and a small doe. I decided to watch instead of shoot. I did not have anyone with me to help look for the deer if I did hit it and I did not want the same thing to happen as in the morning so I watched in the blind. I was able to watch these deer for 45 minutes. A few times I even drew back my bow to practice bringing it back under hunting conditions. I put the pin on the deer and tried to stay steady. After doing this a few times I was not as nervous and was sure I could take a good shot without fear of missing or making a bad hit. I was able to pin the 4 point at 7 yards but I did not shoot.
This area I am hunting have a lot of deer and the home owner wants them gone due to the damage they are doing to their gardens.
There does not appear to be BIG deer just a lot of small ones and 1st year types. I am stuck on whether its an ethical thing to shoot the fawns post spots of course or should I just shoot them as they come under my sight. I am hunting for food for myself and others .
I am new to hunting. I want to do the right things and be able to make a shot and find the deer. I want to be a good hunter. I feel bad I could not find the one I know I hit. I want to make right decisions
Tell me what you think please.
I will not be able to hunt for a few weeks due to my work schedule but the first chance I get I will be back in that blind ready to shoot.