Overcast and rainy yesterday . I went out at about 2:30 and climbed into my stand figuring a good deer movement as soon as the rain quit. Hour after I got on stand I heard a grunt behind me. A few minutes later i see a doe ease out in front of me looking behind her. Sure enough here he comes grunting away. He stopped behind a wax myrtle and stood there grunting for a good bit then walked in dead broadside 12 yards. I drew leveled the pin on his heart and shot.
As I released the 8 pointer ducked hard straight down hitting his chest to the ground and then leaping hard to the right. I heard the arrow hit him hard and watched as he crashed back where he came from. I didnt hear any sound of a crash or a deer going down so I stayed put until 400 then eased down quietly. I got to the impact site and immediately found hair and then picked up my arrow which was on the ground 5 yards past where the deer was standing.
This is all the sign I ever saw past the impact point. nare a drop of blood anywhere . As I suspected when the shot happened he ducked the arrow and it skidded it over his back. No blood on the shaft of fletchings just this bit of blood and hair on the new cuda almost as if it hit and cartwheeled over his back. the o rings were 12 inches down the shaft but the was absolutely no sign on the shaft itself. Guess the jury aint in on this head but so far I smacked deer with it and got ZERO BLOOD TRAIL. I combed everything along his escape path for a solid hour without ever finding the slightest bit of additional sign.
I am fully well kicked in the teeth now but ready to hunt somemore. LOL If anyones wondering, the rut is definately on in Florence county SC. Hopefully that 8 point is to whacked out to realize what really happened. I dont think he had any idea where it came from just that there was a loud sound near him and he got a little sting as a result. He sure was hot on that doe I hope he just dismisses it as something other than a hunter incident.
Anyhow little bit of excitement out of the sc woodlands. It aint often you get to take a crack at a 110 inch 8 point in SC at 12 yards.