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Im sure you may have seen my other posts about my first time seeing a deer while hunting this past saturday... I was very excited. I could only see the back of the doe and i had no vitals shot. If I did fire it would of probably went through the intestines or stomach or bladder. I didn't want to be to anxious to get my first deer and risk a bad shot. I have never field dressed a deer I have only learned from youtube videos and I didn't want to have a mess if I ruptured the stomach or bladder. i also do not have tracking experience. Should I have taken this shot or did what I did and hope to see her next time I hunt? If I did fire it would have been with a 12 gauge slug from about 20 yards
 
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you did the right thing. every hunter jumps deer like that. learn from it and take more time to look before you move forward. you will still jump deer but you may see them first once in a while and then pick the right shot not winging bullets out there.
 

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Congratulations! We usually say that to guys who kill a deer, but by NOT taking the shot, you showed great self-restraint, and sometimes recognizing when NOT to shoot is priceless. If you have any doubts about your decision, just imagine how you would have felt if you'd have wounded, but not recovered that animal (which is most likely what would have happened.) You did the right thing!
 

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Congratulations! We usually say that to guys who kill a deer, but by NOT taking the shot, you showed great self-restraint, and sometimes recognizing when NOT to shoot is priceless. If you have any doubts about your decision, just imagine how you would have felt if you'd have wounded, but not recovered that animal (which is most likely what would have happened.) You did the right thing!
Very Well Said!
 

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I saw a nice doe sunday morning and had to pass myself because she never offered me a clean shot.It is a little disappointing but a great reason to hunt some more!
 

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Im sure you may have seen my other posts about my first time seeing a deer while hunting this past saturday... I was very excited.
I passed on the first 2 doe Saturday. First one it was still too dark the KNOW it was a legal doe. Second out came stright at me and never offered its side.

The third doe turned sideways at 70 yards. I don't have a shooting rest on my stand so I took a shot at the neck (aim small, miss small) and it crumpled. That is exciting!!!! A perfect shot is the best feeling on the first or the fifteenth deer.

Be patient. Leaving one wounded in the woods is a horrible feeling
 

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Congrat's on the pass, and thank you for asking the question. This is the first time of being on this forum and this was the first question I looked at. I would recomend the follwing, be thankful you saw a deer and made a wise decision to pass up the shot. I want you to assist your hunting friends with as many tracking trips as you can. As a bow hunter that is somethng I have to incourage to new hunters. Learn to track the animal you just shot, because even the most expienced hunter will make a bad shot, on a broadside animal. It happens, but you owe it to the deer to learn as much as you can about them... Just ask a hunter, we can't stop sharing stories. Maybe we should discuss the one's we didn't find in time stories. Maybe we could all learn from the loss... we all know the feeling.
Good luck with your season! As I have been told a thousand times... 90% of the deer in range will give you the shot if you just wait for it!
 
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Congrat's on the pass, and thank you for asking the question. This is the first time of being on this forum and this was the first question I looked at. I would recomend the follwing, be thankful you saw a deer and made a wise decision to pass up the shot. I want you to assist your hunting friends with as many tracking trips as you can. As a bow hunter that is somethng I have to incourage to new hunters. Learn to track the animal you just shot, because even the most expienced hunter will make a bad shot, on a broadside animal. It happens, but you owe it to the deer to learn as much as you can about them... Just ask a hunter, we can't stop sharing stories. Maybe we should discuss the one's we didn't find in time stories. Maybe we could all learn from the loss... we all know the feeling.
Good luck with your season! As I have been told a thousand times... 90% of the deer in range will give you the shot if you just wait for it!
that goes right in the same lines as my being prepared thread. coudn't agree more.
 
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