I stalked in to a place I knew there was a rutting buck,, I'd seen his rubs and his scrape line on a couple of separate days, never the buck though.
This morning just after daylight, there he was, a 6 pointer, he was grunting, and heading my way in a hurry. So he comes right on up to 20 yards in front of me, perfect range for my pistol, then he lowered his head and showed me his rack. I seized the opportunity to raise my pistol and take aim, then he raised his head up and looked at me. He couldn't quite figure out what I was, so he started moving his head back and forth trying to figure me out, and straining to get a better look at me.
I got so caught up in looking at him that I forgot about my sight picture, and when I squeezed off the shot he jumped back like he'd been mule kicked in the chest, and trotted across in front of me, stopped, trotted back across, then walked back the way he came.
I was sure he was hit, so I waited, then when I thought he'd had it,, I headed over to where he was when I shot him, expecting to find a big puddle of blood and a bloody trail, but there was no blood at all, not even a spec. I followed his course for 500 yards, and not one drop of blood and no deer. So I'm sure I missed. Lesson learned, keep your eye on the front sight, and look at the deer when he's dead.
Now to my question,
Will this deer come back to check this scrape line in a day or two, or is he packing his bags and moving to the next county?