Well monday kicked off the ML season here in alabama. Today was the first day i could get out and boy it was a doosey. I learned two valuable lessons.
First it was 30 deg. and the moon was about 1/5 full. About 7:00 am a spike came into the field and going along with insructions not to take any small bucks I let him pass. Around 7:20am 3 does walked out and around 7:25 I unloaded on the one leaving the field. Now here comes my first lesson: ALWAYS RELOAD!!! I didn't and sure enough 5 min after hitting the doe a nice buck walke out at about 100 yds and in the process of reloading he had enough time to make it across the field safely into cover. It only costs a few dollars every time you shoot and the gun is already dirty from the first shot so why not reload.(not quite sure why I didn't think of that before). Anyways I climbed down and went to check on my doe. It took a few min but I finally found the bloo trail and it look like someone went through the woods pouring candy apple res paint out of a can. I knew it was a lung shot but it never dawned on me to give her tim to die. So I must have pushed her b/c after about 75 yds the trail turned to droplets i continued to track her for another 125 yds until I lost the trail completely. So lesson number 2: ALWAYS GIVE LUNG SHOT AND BLEEDERS AMPLE TIME TO CROAK.
Any other lesson that you all deem important?