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Sam

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I had a rather unusual hunt today. It was truly an up and down event. First, I let the time change screw me up when setting my alarm, so it was well after daylight when I got to my ladder stand. I watched the sun come up on my way to the property. I was very irritated at myself and not expecting much to come of the morning.

I finally got my gear squared away, still not expecting much. BUT, after only about 20 minutes on the stand a doe came loping through the woods with a nice 8 point buck in hot pursuit. The rut is on, and he was fully committed.  They came by at a distance of 12 - 15 yards so I took the shot on the buck. Since they were running, (actually loping along  but "running" sounds so much cooler), I swung through like I would when shooting at a dove with a shotgun. As the bow passed in front of him I released. For once, I did it right!  The arrow hit in the ribs slightly above the midline and the low exit wound was right in the pocket just behind the opposite foreleg, a perfect double lung hit. This was the best shot I have ever made. The buck was down and dead in about 35 yards. My wooden arrow broke, and I could not find the front portion of it to retrieve my broadhead. Oh, well, a slight price to pay for a nice buck, and I was riding high. I called my son to help me drag him to a point I could reach him with the tractor. According to the scales, he weighed about 140 lbs. when he fell. By the time we got through dragging him, he had increased to about 265 lbs. I think I'm getting old.

I was using my yew Northern Mist Shelton, pulling 53# at 28" draw; however, I only pull 25". Still, it was very effective. I have a lot of bows, but this is my current favorite. I have had it for several years, but this was the first shot I have made on an animal.  A bloody bow is a good bow.

I dropped the deer off at the processing station and headed out to set up my tent for this week's deer camp. I was telling my story to everybody present, whether they wanted to hear it or not. That was when the whole event went south. I got a call from the processer telling me that when the deer was skinned out, a very nasty, smelly, and infected wound was discovered in one hindquarter. He suggested that the meat should be discarded, fearing the severe infection might make it dangerous to eat. Better safe than sorry, so reluctantly, I agreed. What a let down.

Despite the bummer outcome, the hunt actually was very successful. It was the first deer I have killed in quite some time, and that makes the downturn even worse. Hopefully, further opportunities will come along soon.







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Sam McMichael

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Relish in the fact that you made a great shot with a trad bow! It does stink the the deer was inedible, but better to be safe than sorry in a case like that!

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Yep, I would say that was a VERY FORTUNATE day!
And to have him fall in 35 yards

I think it’s interesting, but not surprising, that his affliction was not affecting his interest in the women!

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You did good Sam! Heck, he was dead on his feet and he was still chasing!
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Awesome day Sam. Congrats on your deer and on that fine shot.
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I did too !

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Sounds like you made a great shot.  That is so satisfying after all the practice!  Sorry you lots the meat!
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I know critters are tough and can overcome some pretty nasty afflictions but if its any consolation, you may have prevented him from suffering a slow and painful demise due to the infection. It's unfortunate that you weren't able to keep the meat but given the circumstances you had described, it sounds like it was all meant to be. Good on ya, Sam.
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When it comes to rut I have seen a antelope buck shot clean through but just above the lungs chasing does the next day. Dry blood on both sides. The need to procreate is a strong anesthetic
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Jack, you are so right. This guy showed no limp or any impairment at all as he vigorously chased this doe. There was no noticeable exterior damage, and this is why I was so surprised when the processer informed of the problem. also, as J Foster speculated, I wonder if I had not shot him, would he recover? Possibly, but it is also likely that he would have been weakened to the point the coyotes would het him.
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Good shot Sir. Get another for the table!!RC
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You made a great shot. It's unfortunate that the meat isn't usable, it's not like you can give them a physical before you shoot them.
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Nice shot! 

He probably got gored by a bigger buck.  Happened to my buck last year but fortunately it was still fresh...in fact I saw the second buck after I killed him.   He walked over to the dead buck and grunted at him before losing interest and walking off.  2 inch deep puncture in the rump.

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Great shooting, Sam! Take heart in the fact that he probably wouldn't have lasted the winter anyway and you saved him some suffering...
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Still a great hunt and shot!
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On the other hand.... maybe the processor is now enjoying steaks from your deer, which had nothing wrong with it at all!  Could be; I've gotten cynical in my old age but I take everything told me with a rather large grain of salt.

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Well congrats! But bummer. I had the same thing happen to me a few years back. The buck went down and dragged him only 200 yards to my truck when I got home and hung him. I noticed that the side I dragged him on was completely missing hair and had a huge puncture hole in the hind quarter. Yep gushing puss was pretty gross. I unfortunately had to waste the whole thing. Bummer of a night.
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Winter Hawk, my thoughts exactly!  

Sam, congrats!  Great story but a bummer in the end.  Hey, there's always next time.  Frank

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I think Two4 got it exactly right.

There is one thing a deer processor is never short of, and that is venison.  They have plenty of folks drop off deer and never come back for them.  Happens all the time.  They have no need to steal anyones meat.

Thanks for the story Sam.  I was late reading this thread as I was in hunt camp myself that week.  It rained torrents the entire time, so nothing got killed but some Dickle #12.
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Winter Hawk, these guys have a good reputation, and a number of my friends have used them for several years. So, I feel pretty confident that they are trustworthy. Besides, if I was going to swipe a deer, I would have selected one of the many does they had on hand. I do understand the lack of trust many people have in so many businesses these days. I am pretty choosy about whom I trust, also. Oh, well, better luck next time.
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"The spirit of the bow dwells in the heart of all young men" - Geronimo

Hill Wesley Special (2, both 65#)
Hill Cheetah (2, one 55# and one 40#)
Hill Big 5 (50#)
NM Shelton (2, both 53#)
Deathwish Longbow (59#)
Archery Traditions Bamboo Longhunter (3, one 56#, one 60# and one 78#)

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