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Location: Chatham, Ohio
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Yesterday at one of my stands i shot at a small buck and missed. The deer ran about 10 yards then stopped, looked the other way, and kept walking. Do you guys think its safe to go back out today and see if he comes back?I dont think i spooked him that bad. The reason i missed is becouse he came in behind my stand on a trail that i didnt see and i deflected off a branch. I have to cut down some branches for shooting lanes but then i should be set. The trail comes out of real thick cover that is about 80 feet from my stand.

Do you think he'll show agian??

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Location: Upper Rawdon, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Well i think he will return. It sounds like he didn't know what the shot was. When you say he looked the other way does that mean he didn't see you? I think because it is a young buck he will return. Don't give it up, Chances are he will return and when he does, let him have it!! Good luck!!

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Location: St. Louis County
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I think you'll be alright if the buck didn't know you were there. Sounds like he is young enough to think it was a branch falling or something.

However, you just contributed to his education. Better luck next time! Thumbs up

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That won't bother him a bit

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Are you certain you missed? You mentioned 80' from your stand, was that where it was when you shot? I have seen deer that were hit do similar things. One I shot about 5yrs ago just ran off and was out of sight in about 10yds. The shot was only about 30yds with a 25-06. My friend thought it was a miss but I was sure it wasn't. We walked over to where it was, went about another 25 yds and there it lay. I've seen many times when deer have been well hit, they go off aways, especially with small cal high velocity cartridges. What were you using?

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Location: Chatham, Ohio
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the deer was about 25 feet from my stand. I was using my hoyt compound bow. After i shot it sounded like the arrow struck wood and i saw it fly upwords behind the deer's back. i looked for blood but didnt find any and my arrow went in the direction of the thick cover so i didnt want to go into there. I did find a chewed up shed along the trail though (my first). im going to go back tommorow afternoon and look better becouse i wont be able to hunt it till next monday anyways

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Without seeing the arrow for evidence, I wouldn't be convinced you missed. Lots of times there won't be blood at the impact spot and good chance the thud you heard might have been the hit on the deer and maybe deflected off bone and looked like it glanced off something else. Just make 100% sure that you actually missed.
Otherwise he's young and dumb, he'll be back. Like Dave said, he just learned a valuable lesson to help him survive to be one of those elusive big boys that we love so much Yes

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Also make sure you cut your shooting lanes before the deer shows up!
Keep at it and you'll fill your tag. Good luck.

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Go for it -- if he only went 10 yards he just jumped out of reflex and then realized, "what'd I do that for? Stinkin' squirrels..." If deer run for a reason, they put a lot more distance between them and the threat before trying to ascertain whether it's safe.

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