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    The other weekend at our local range during an event, a doe stumbled in at the far end with an bad gut shot. Buddy took it out of it's misery. got a few lbs of meat from the front but she'd been wandering around like that long enough to ruin most of it.

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    I whole heartedly agree that everyone who steps in the woods or fields to hunt owes it to the game to practice and make every effort to make a clean, quick kill. I have quite an extensive background in training and I work with my equipment until I feel as if I cannot miss. That said, I made an absolutely horrible shot on my buck last year and I still have no explanation for what went wrong. I don't get overly excited and everything felt right with the shot but my arrow missed it's mark by 18" to the right of where I intended it to go. I'd been struggling with not being able to practice as much as I wanted due to my shoulder but still felt confident. That's the last animal I'll take with a bow. As much as I love bowhunting, the animals deserve better so I'm now using a crossbow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leadeye View Post
    The bucks with parts of their antlers shot off are what amazes me, that's a difficult shot.
    They just shot where they were looking.

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    The process for me is to pick the shot, make the shot.
    And add another if need be (if any question- boom).

    I'm a decent shot, maybe take some others won't. But I grew up on ranges and have burned a lot of powder over the years.
    Yes my shot selection has changed due to physical, am not as good in vision as used to be (aim small miss small).

    I don't shoot "at" animals. I shoot fully expecting my bullet or arrow to hit right where I want.
    Also know I aint perfect and that my luck pretty much sucks.
    So tend to hedge my bet more and more as the years click on by.

    Shot my deer this yr at 25 yards. Big whoop dee doo. Was gonna shoot him head on, at 50, with me scrunched to slide it past 2 trees.
    But he moved and made things easier.
    He was dead no matter what.

    My rifle setup so good, fits so good...........it kinda evaporates into just being a tool. An absolute.
    Guess that's what one would want........but man, it makes it so easy.
    Kinda takes out the fun.
    Now it's just meat and antler shopping w a bullet.

    So I had to buy another rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leadeye View Post
    The bucks with parts of their antlers shot off are what amazes me, that's a difficult shot.
    That's my older brother! He's shot the antlers off of at least 2 deer. He's also head shot at least one other and has wounded more deer than any person I know. When we (my younger brother) and I talk to him about hunting we always refer to it as 'deer wounding season'.

    Every year when I hear him shoot I cringe because I know what's coming. He'll call and say, "I shot a big buck!!" I always ask if he needs help gutting it. His response has always been, 'after we find it'. We never do - ever.

    He lives in New York City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leadeye View Post
    The bucks with parts of their antlers shot off are what amazes me, that's a difficult shot.
    I have a friend who is an excellent shot and extremely lucky to boot. He once shot the tail off a deer... that was facing him head on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChalupaCabras View Post
    When I was in Elementary school, One of my close friends owned 10 acres on the edge of a large Christmas tree farm. He was the smallest kid in class by a mile, but that didn't stop him from deer hunting with dad.

    He used one of the old Winchester single shot bolt action .410 shotguns - the kind that had a front bead, but also a rear notch. His dad set him up on quite a high tree stand along one of the trails that crossed their property, and he took his buck every year. Shots were WELL under 50 yards, probably more like 25.

    .410 works ... like 32acp or 380 works - just about everything else is better, but it will do its part if you do yours.
    Don't believe Winchester ever made a bolt action shotgun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimH View Post
    Don't believe Winchester ever made a bolt action shotgun...
    Yes. Several, including 410.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phylodog View Post
    I whole heartedly agree that everyone who steps in the woods or fields to hunt owes it to the game to practice and make every effort to make a clean, quick kill. I have quite an extensive background in training and I work with my equipment until I feel as if I cannot miss. That said, I made an absolutely horrible shot on my buck last year and I still have no explanation for what went wrong. I don't get overly excited and everything felt right with the shot but my arrow missed it's mark by 18" to the right of where I intended it to go. I'd been struggling with not being able to practice as much as I wanted due to my shoulder but still felt confident. That's the last animal I'll take with a bow. As much as I love bowhunting, the animals deserve better so I'm now using a crossbow.
    I applaud you for doing that. A lot of people would not switch over. You are doing the right thing for the animal.

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    I believe some folks need to learn to "hunt" as well as shoot. The art of the actual hunt is being lost to longer range shooting. Hookeye, in my book you did your part as a hunter by getting in close. The shot was always anticlimactic (correct spelling?) to me.

    Here Kitty, Kitty...

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