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Location: kcmo
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Feeling Sick to my stomach

OK, buck fever took a hold of me this evening. First let it be known that at 42 y/o I still have not taken a buck. So suddenly appears a wopper (to me) 8 pointer. He must have come in to my doe bleats but he is heading down wind of me and where I will not have a shot. So when he disappears behind some thick pines/brush I hit the doe bleat can again. He reverses and comes around to the side I wanted him on. Pops out from behind an evergreen at 30 yards broadside. I let the arrow go, but knew I pulled it right like I tend to do when rushing the shot on the range. Usually I miss only 6 inches to the right when I do this but he was heading left and jump with the string noise. So the arrow is way back on him and a little bit high. It was still in him as he ran off. So I decided to back out for tonight and go back in tomorrow morning. Go ahead and give it to me boys. Bad shot, wounding a buck and all.........

Sick in OP KS.

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It happens. There is a good chance that you'll find him. Just give him time and do the best search you can do.

Know how you feel, but don't beat yourself up too bad.

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Chances may not be very good, but you did the right thing by backing out. Give it a good search tomorrow and let us know how it turns out. We've all been in that situation and I feel your pain.

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We're human, and it happens to all of us. The best thing you can do is learn from it and be diligent in your search.

If you run out of blood, make circles outward in increasing diameter's. If that doesn't work, try walking deer trail's. Try looking in the thickest, nastiest thickets. You can also look near water sources such as ponds, ditches or rivers. Just try your best and don't give up.

We once found a buck after 14 hours of tracking and searching. He had to have another arrow put into him, but we brought him home with us. We owe it to the animals we pursue, to be diligent in our search/tracking job after the shot.

Sometimes it's painful, but sometimes you get the reward at the end of an arduous journey.

Location: kcmo
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Feeling Sick to my stomach

Well with some help from a very experienced hunting friend and 5 hours of searching we found the arrow. Of course it was only 40 yards away from where I shot him. Had some white hair and blood on it. Appears it was pushed through him. He had backed up into a evergreen tree and it layed there. But there was no blood on the ground or tree other than what was on the arrow. So not sure what to think, but no deer and no blood trail at all.

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