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Old December 10, 2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Still there.........

On opening morning ( 4 weeks ago ) at about 8:00 I heard Louann's rifle go off and as the place her stand was afforded no more than a 30 yard shot in any direction I knew we had venison.

Sense the phones do not work in the area we had the stands, and we were not that far apart, I just sat tight figuring she'd show up or yell when she was read for help.

About 30 minutes later here she comes down along the little creek I'm sitting over and as soon as she's close enough I ask her what she shot. He answer is she shot "AT" a good buck but that he'd run off and there was NO blood.

When I asked her what he did when she shot (bolted head down, hunched up and then ran? know, the what/how that gives some clue to the hit.) her answer was not encouraging. She said he hopped off.....with his TAIL UP.

I did not say it to her then, mainly because I was not 100% sure but also because she was already VERY aggravated that he had had the audacity to run off after she had shot him, but I figured that somehow she had missed.

So we get to her stand and sure enough there is no blood. The spot she says he was standing in is not 20 yards from her stand and in looking at the ground it's quite easy to make out where he'd bolted from by the dry dirt ( No rain here for a while! ) exposed where the leaves were kicked up.

When I ask her "exactly" which way he went she pointed toward a trail that runs through some ferns and 10 year old pines. It was easy to follow the hoof sign for a ways and I looked all under and on any vegetation for blood, not just drops but where it might of gotten whipped off by something.

Even went so far as to stand still for a while and see if the blow flies would find it for me ( Yes this works! ).......but nothing.

She's getting more aggravated by the minute but I manage to get her to climb back up in the stand and go over the whole thing again to be 100% sure we've not missed something. Every thing seems to check out.

When she gets back down she goes over to where the deer had bolted from and after looking at the ground for a minute says, "here's another place kicked up".

Well.......that other place "kicked up", upon closer inspection, turns out to be where the bullet went. It's low and about 2 feet behind the deer.

And I can not for the life of me figure out how she missed by 3 feet, at that range!

Took a few minutes, and me climbing up in her stand to find the answer. And the answer was about 8 feet out from where I figure her muzzle was when she fired. On the bottom side of a little branch you could see where the bullet had made contact, good contact!

When I pointed this out it got loud..........

Fast forward to last week when I went back into the area and set up a game cam ( We don't use feeders, just watch trails and the like. ) just to see what was still in there. Got maybe 20 pictures before the batteries died and of those the one below elicited a "THAT"S HIM!" from Louann when she saw it.

And where he is standing is all of 10 FEET from where she shot at him 4 weeks ago. Now all we need is some weather to break him of the 100% nocturnal thing.......

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Old December 10, 2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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That's why I hate to hear the stupid description of " brush busting bullets " .ANY bullet can be deflected though some easier than others.
Good for you for so thoroughly searching and explaining it all to your wife !
And Watson , bring your revolver !
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Old December 10, 2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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Biz-Wiv, I knew you were an outdoorsy guy but this little "episode" ranks you right up there in the "consumate woodsman" staus in my book...

Like you, i am naturally an investigative sort... from home burglary I had to do the investigation work on 'cuz Sanford PD didn't consider my firearm losses and PRIVATE PAPERS losses high enuff in importance to investigate on their own... to my own and the wrecks of my buddy bikers etc...

Awesome detective work on your part!!!

From reading you and Louann's outdoor exploits, I reckon you won't get to throw this in her face much with out the fear of her warping a folding chair (those who don't know need to look for the chair reference in his previous posts...) around yer noggin......

Me??? i ain't so bright... my bride would hear about her CLEAN DERN MISS for years and I ain't so sure I would have let her know the legit reason for the miss...

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Old December 11, 2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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More than a little off topic, but I figure you could use the warning: my folks had a fued like that... dad was a city boy, mom was a farm girl... she was raised on lunchmeat, he was raised on PB&J. When they got married he mentioned several times he wasn't a rich farm kid, and for lunch he wanted PB&J. She made him PB and Grape Jelly every day for months. He finally attempted to make peace and asked her to at least change the flavor of the jelly. I don't want to think about what your little lady would feed you if you gave her crap about a miss, hogdogs
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Old December 11, 2012, 01:00 PM   #5
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Did you Photoshop in flashlights in place of eyes or is that deer part of some alien invasion?
Seams like once we the people give what, at the time, seams like a reasonable inch and "they" take the unreasonable mile we can only get that mile back one inch at a time.

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Old December 11, 2012, 02:38 PM   #6
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Chaz beat me to it.
Its no wonder he's nocternal. He's wearing headlamps.
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Old December 11, 2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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Yes he looks odd......the flash on that camera causes that. Got one a a bear where they came back green for whatever reason, so bright it's crazy.
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Old December 11, 2012, 04:12 PM   #8
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Its no wonder he's nocternal. He's wearing headlamps.
Now that's funny right there...don't care who ya are.

Wearing night lights???

That's the most nocturnal buck I ever seen. He takes being nocturnal to 'another level'.

bswiv ain't gonna say anything to Ms.Louann. He won't have anyone to jump in after them gators.
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Old December 15, 2012, 06:26 AM   #9
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Tell your better half not to despair over that little limb, there have been plenty of others who have done the same thing. Good thing is she still has him coming around now to just catch him in shooting light.

I was around 17, and hit a twig about 1/4" in diameter that threw my 100gr .243 bullet 12 feet off at about the same distance. Had one of the biggest bucks I had ever seen on our property dead to rights standing broadsideMAYBEE 30yds, and at the shot he just looked at me like I was stupid and sauntered off into the brush. I hit the side of a tree he was about 4 feet away from, some 8 feet up and blew bark off. It took about two hours of hard looking and some pretty hard feeleings to figure out what the heck had happened.

Trust me I feel her pain.
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