Gun: Several years ago we had a about 30" of snow for the second half of firearm deer deer season. The day after the blizzard when the sky cleared and the sun came out, I hit the woods. I went to a lee slope where the wind was non-existant, and stillhunted my way down to where I knew there was heavy cover and where the deer may have been bedded. My guess was right, as a 2.5 year old 10 pointer came out of the cover angling towards me. At 65 yards, I held on his chest while resting my shooting arm against as tree and fired. The deer bolted and run down the bluff and into the heavy cover across the road. When I got to his tracks, I could see by the blood and the tracks that I'd hit him in the front leg! Now.....I shoot a Browning A-Bolt 12 gauge with a Leupold 1.5X5 scope, and Winchester Partition Gold Sabots. The gun is zero'ed at 100 yards, and I don't have to think about holdover until about 140 yards. At 100 yards off the bench I usually have a 3 shot group that's one big hole if I do my job. I went back for the landowner (the deer had gone off his property, and I could only go after the deer if he was with me), and we looked for the deer for the rest of the day, and he never stopped or bedded.....I lost him. The first thing I did when I went back to camp to call the landowner, was to shoot a 3 shot group at 65 yards. Yup..all three shot in the same hole. The only thing I can think of was that I hit a branch, because I was rock solid when I shot, I was not winded, and certainly not rushed.
Bow: Missed a "gimme" shot on a forky buck at 15 yards. Shot high, from the ground. Why? I SHOT AT THE WHOLE DEER!!!! Like I've never shot a deer before!!!