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1 month ago
I guess I can say I’ve never failed to retrieve a deer I’ve shot....till now.
I have probably killed over 30 deer in my lifetime. Half of those being with a bow and arrow. I am a great tracker and have a lot of knowledge on how deer function. I study every movement they make and try to understand their forms of communication. My love for deer helps me strive for perfection when I go to harvest one. I spend days on end shooting and tuning my bow to perfection. I run through hunting scenarios with wind, rain, drawback endurance, extreme range, and anything else imaginable. I am so comfortable with a bow in hand it’s second nature.
For some reason though I have come up short.
The deer in this video here is Nero. As many may know he is my favorite buck on the farm. I adore this buck in every single way. He his a giant 8 pointer and just pure beauty to me.
This weekend I had the opportunity to take this buck. He was 35 Yards our broadside for me. (A chip shot for me)
It was on the brink of darkness and about to rain when I took the shot. The arrow stuck him and made the dreaded “Thud” as if my arrow pierced his shoulder. He flipped over end in front of my and broke off the head of my arrow. Only to sprint back into the woods. Then suddenly the sound stopped. I thought I got him and started calling and texting people.
I got down to check out my arrow to find that I got 5.5in of penetration and had pierced one lung very well. (Bright red bubbly blood)
To shorten up this story in the past few days I have walked 40 total miles looking for this buck. He’s gone. I can not find him anywhere.
I have now placed 15 trail cameras in that area in hopes to find that he’s still alive. So far no sign. The thought of me killing a buck and failing to retrieve him has made me extremely stressed and depressed over the past few days. I’ve even had thoughts of never picking up a bow again.
I feel like such a failure and don’t know what to do. I know if he’s alive he will die soon and that if he’s dead....he’s hidden extremely well.
That’s all. I needed this off of my chest. Most of you won’t read this but for who do...thank you.