First miss....suggestions?

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RE: First miss....suggestions?

Postby bones1918 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:13 pm

Don't fret man. My first shot at a live deer was a doe at 22 yards. Right thru the 5 hole. (thats between her legs for non-hockey fans) she didn't flinch, so i made an adjustment and promptly pushed the arrow too far to the right, planting it right in her neck, tearing the jugular. She thrashed, sat down (I assumed to die) then got back up and commenced eating acorns out of the very oak i was sitting in. Finally she sat back down and expired.

Bottom line is, shooting out of a tree is VERY different than shooting off the ground at a block target. I routinely shoot 8 inch groups at 75 yards, but i'd never, ever, ever take a shot at a live animal longer than 40. And almost never longer than 20 yards.

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RE: First miss....suggestions?

Postby fatbob240 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:49 am

I feel that it's always best to play it safe under those conditions where the light may be too low or the yardage is extended. There will always be another chance at a deer down the road. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way early on in hunting. You didn't state if you remembered picking a spot or not and that can be the cause of a miss. I've been so worked up in the past that I've failed to pick a spot and there have been times when I don't even remember seeing my pin or aiming! It's amazing what buck fever can do to a person. Experience is the best teacher and you learn from the mistakes you've made. Keep it together and don't doubt yourself, you'll be fine.
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