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Specificly gun season. I was sitting in my stand on the last day of Gun season. It was around 5:00, and it was starting to get dark. I heard a crushing sound, and immediately knew what it was. I saw two does. One layed down on the ground, and the other ran off. I raised my gun up, aimed right behind the shoulder blade and shot. The doe jumped up and ran off. I barely remember the story, but I thought i hit it.

Any ideas on what happened? I never found any blood. I get chances at deer every year, but i like to play it safe, and it always seems they are on top of a ridge. I never take those types of shots because someone could easily be right over the edge of the ridge.
 

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Kudos to you for thinking of safety first and not taking the shot. But I would imagine that you had a clean miss with your shot. Usually a gun will bleed an animal alot or enough to see a spot of it. Maybe you would've found hair or a speck of blood.
 

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shooting from a stand is a lot different from sitting at a bench off season.you missed most likelydid you find any holes from the bullet?no blood at all?did ya ever shoot the gun after that?and see if it was sighted in properly?i once put the cross hairs on a deer pulled the trigger wound up hitting it in the foot.turns out the scope got bumped and wasnt sitting right.I tracked the deer till it went onto private property.the owner wouldnt give me permission to tack it and warned me about tresspassing so i couldnt finish the job.needless tosay i was upset..check the gun again and the scope
 

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Some times it's alot easier to miss a deer that's not moving, then to hit one with a full head of steam. I had one several years ago, we were driving and getting towards the end. I doe tried to sneak around behind me and got a little too close, she couldn't see me because of the sun, and I was down wind. She laid down behind a log, all I could see was her head poking up and looking away. I was at about 15 yards, put the sight on her and pulled the trigger. All I saw move, was a 12 gauge size piece of skin from the middle of her ear. She jumped up 15 yards later in full stride, the second shot landed where the first one was supposed to.
 

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shooting from a stand is a lot different from sitting at a bench off season.you missed most likelydid you find any holes from the bullet?no blood at all?did ya ever shoot the gun after that?and see if it was sighted in properly?i once put the cross hairs on a deer pulled the trigger wound up hitting it in the foot.turns out the scope got bumped and wasnt sitting right.I tracked the deer till it went onto private property.the owner wouldnt give me permission to tack it and warned me about tresspassing so i couldnt finish the job.needless tosay i was upset..check the gun again and the scope
For one, i didn't have a scope on the gun. It was a bead sight on a 4-10 shotgun. No blood, no holes, no nothing.
 

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I think the question is: would most here consider the 410 to be adequate for deer sized game? For me, I'd like to see the 20 ga set as minimum. Most hunters young and old can shoot it with out much trouble. Remember, this is an opinion only and lets see what everybody thinks.
 
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