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    So on my first evening archery hunting I missed a really big 6 point. I was getting ready to leave, and I checked behind the stand to be sure no deer where there; and of course a six point is 10 yds behind me. It decideds to take a trail to my left, so I stood and turned around in the stand. It of course went through the thickest cover, I drew when it was nearing an opening about 25 yds away, I bleated and it stopped. With its vitals behind a tree. So I held at full draw for about a minute, which feels like 6 hours, and it took a step forward and I released. shooting through a gap in brush maybe a foot wide. Being that it was almost dark I couldnt see the arrow make contact. So I waited about 30 min got down and couldnt find blood or the arrow. Go back about 3 hours later end up finding the arrow with no blood or hair. So its a clean miss, I cant tell if he ducked the string, or I hit a branch; either way no deer. So I'm super dissapointed but also happy that I didnt wound it. At home the next day I practicied with my heavy clothes face mask and all that and it didnt cause me to shoot differently. So it was just a miss or a deflection. Had a yearling button buck at 8 yds the next day, wishing that buck had presented the same shot. oh well.
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    We've all missed at one, two, three times in our lives. I always try to replay it in my head and try to figure out what happened and to make sure I don't repeat it the next time. If it's a miss.

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    Keep trying and never give up! You can look at it this way, you had one good opportunity. Next time it might be a hit and kill. All I can say Ford, good job to get an opportunity to even get close enough.





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    I agree that a clean miss is better than wounding. Just a suggestion. If a deer is within normal shooting ranges and just casually walking then don't bleat. I know they do it on TV and IMO it's a complete mistake to take a calm deer and alert them to anything. I know there may be situations where it's necessary, but in 35 years of bowhunting I've never encountered but one situation where I thought it was necessary. That was a big Illinois bruiser chasing a hot doe. He was really moving so I bleated as he went by 15 yards away. Contrary to what I see in hunting shoes there was no stopping him so I didn't get the shot.

    Do you know that old saying? "Let sleeping dogs lay" I think it applies to deer, too.
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    i will always bleat now, sometimes it takes some loud bleating to get there attention... ive had relaxed deer duck my aarow completely, but have never had one jump the string when looking for the bleat.
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    i missed a fat doe this morning just after first light. deflected bad and went way over her back. ya win some and lose some.
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