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Got my first deer with a bow

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Went out this morning to East Otto State Forest. Jumped about 4 on the way to my stand and figured my day was over in that spot. Settled in around 630 and watched the sun come up. After an hour and a half false alarms hearing the squirrels jump around I heard footsteps coming through the trees behind me, looked over my shoulder and saw what I thought was a 4 pt walking by at what I thought was 30 yards. I nocked an arrow, drew back, and let it fly right over his back. He jumped up and ran about 20 yards but stopped when I blew the grunt. He wandered back into range on my second grunt. This time I settled the 20 yard pin behind his shoulder and let another fly. I heard the "thwack" I've only heard on tv and knew I hit something. I climbed down to find bright red blood on the leaves, thinking it was a good lung hit I sat for a half hour and took up the trail. It was heavy and tracking was easy until 40 yards along I found my arrow covered in chunks of green stuff and I knew I had a gut shot on my hands. I backed off, packed up my climber, and took it to the car and grabbed a coffee at the gas station to pass the time. I moved back in and took up the trail again. It was thick and bright, I figured the tracking would be easy but before I knew it I was on my hands and knees finding one or two drops every 15 yds. Right at the road the trail went completely cold. I checked by the two ponds in the thickets, I was starting to feel sick thinking I'd lose the deer. On my way out i decided to walk through a field of tall grass I had found and there he was, bedded down too weak to get up. I put one more in him and I felt so bad at hearing him gurgle that I put one more in him and he died. This was my second deer ever, my first with a bow, and my first with antlers. They may be small but he's a trophy to me. I'm going to do a European mount in honor of my first buck.

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"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, I require the same of them."

- The Duke

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Nice deer and great story. Liver or gut shot deer give them 6 hrs. Glad you found him.


"We Feed 'em"

"He Breeds 'em"

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I forgot to add it was state land


"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, I require the same of them."

- The Duke

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Way go and congrats on the first bow/buck kill. Doesn't get much better than taking a deer with a bow!


The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get

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Congratulations, glad you found him.


Despite our ever-changing,ever-indignant world with its growing ignorance of and indifference to the ways of the wild, I remain a predator, pitying those who revel in artificiality and synthetic success while regarding me and my kind as relics of a time and place no longer valued or understood.James

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congrats - you'll never forget this day - it's been some 25+ years since the 1st buck i killed with a bow but I remember it like it was yesterday...

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Congrats. Great story, you will never forget today.


Genesis 9:1-3 .....The fear and dread of you will fall upon all of the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that moves will be food for you.....

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Nice Buck. My first and biggest buck had about the same rack. What kinda broadhead were you using.The reason i ask I shot a doe saturday morning that was quartering too me i hit a lung and liver she went about 600 yards. I had good blood to follow the whole way. I am a true believer in Rage 2 Blades now, and would highly recomend

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Congrats! Great story, great deer and above all, great perseverance! I would shoulder mount it, its your first buck and with archery tackle no less, you should be very proud! Again, congrats!

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Man that thing came back afrter you shot.That is some good luck right there.Ive sover shot 2 nice 6 pts and they never came back.Ran like hell!hahaha,.

Good job.State land is hard to hunt.And it isn't about the rack.Its about the hunt.Congrats!


When you loose sight of the hunt and focus on the kill its time to regroup and remember why you are there.

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