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I made a rookie mistake today!

Win73Win73 MemberPosts: 41 Member
I made a rookie mistake today while deer hunting. I don't consider myself a rookie since I have put 14 deer on the ground in the last seven seasons with 14 shots. And I have watched hundreds of deer while deer hunting.

I first spotted him on the wrong side of the fence. He looked like an eight pointer. In a few minutes he jumped to my side. It was a 200 yard shot (I have the range marked at every 50 yards with markers on the fence posts). He was partially obscured by brush but the vital area was exposed. It was a do able shot. I have a solid rest in my shooting house and have a Nikon Buckmasters 3-9x40 on my '06. I decided to wait for a better shot. Wrong decision! He faded into the brush and I never saw him again.

Moral of this story? If you get a do able shot on a nice buck, you better take it. The big bucks don't get that way by giving hunters easy shots.
(Luke 11:21 KJV) When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
(Luke 22:36 KJV) Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

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  • timctimc Senior Member TexasPosts: 6,684 Senior Member
    If you waited it was probably because your well earned experience told you to, don't fret over it, probably the right decision.
    timc - formerly known as timc on the last G&A forum and timc on the G&A forum before that and the G&A forum before that.....
    AKA: Former Founding Member
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member God's countryPosts: 4,646 Senior Member
    timc wrote: »
    If you waited it was probably because your well earned experience told you to, don't fret over it, probably the right decision.

    That is a great answer. On the other hand if we all waited for the perfect, text book shot like they do on the TV hunting shows we'd never kill anything.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member WyomingPosts: 8,566 Senior Member
    One time I waited for an animal to get closer.
    There was no real reason to not shoot other than, he was coming closer. He was under 250 yards when I could first shoot.
    He ended up not giving me a shot in the end.
    He was a really nice Kansas buck.
    Not doing that again.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • NNNN Senior Member NCPosts: 25,221 Senior Member
    Proves your a hunter not just a shooter.
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