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#2977534 - 10/11/12 05:02 PM Had to Work for This One
Pursuit Hunter
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Registered: 10/01/08
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I shot this doe last night right at sunset. Blood tracking by flashlight was slow going with a light but consistent trail. She crossed two creeks and backtracked one time.

At about 9:00, I was on good blood and moving along pretty good when I spotted eyes glowing about 40 yards away. I nocked an arrow and tried to get close enough for a finishing shot.

Before I could get close enough, the deer got up and crashed off. I could tell by the sound that it was in bad shape.

When I got to where it was laying down, I found lots of blood. There were about three drops in the direction it headed, then nothing.

My second set of flashlight batteries were starting to get weak, so I decided to come back this morning to take up the trail.

By daylight, I found one more drop of blood, but it was enough to give me an idea of the general direction the deer ran. From there, I basically just took the path of least resistence, figuring she was hurt and would have done the same thing. About 75 yards from where I had last seen her, I found her piled up.

Thankfully it was cold last night and the coyotes hadn't found her so I'll be dining on tenderloin tonight.


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#2977545 - 10/11/12 05:10 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
Deer Whisperer
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Registered: 04/16/05
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Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

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Good job!
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#2977550 - 10/11/12 05:13 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: Deer Whisperer]
TNGunhunter
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Loc: Wilson County, TN

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Glad you found her!
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#2977553 - 10/11/12 05:15 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: TNGunhunter]
Diehard Hunter
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Registered: 08/01/08
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congrats
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#2977557 - 10/11/12 05:20 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Mud Dauber
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Good job.
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#2977574 - 10/11/12 05:37 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: Poser]
BigD_625
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Registered: 09/30/09
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Loc: Maury County, TN

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Glad you didn't give up...batteries are expensive!
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#2977586 - 10/11/12 05:52 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: BigD_625]
Pursuit Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: BigD_625
Glad you didn't give up...batteries are expensive!
I guess I should have said second (and last) set of batteries.
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#2977592 - 10/11/12 06:10 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
JohnnyDollar
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Registered: 07/30/07
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Loc: tipton co. tn

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Congrats on the find, where did you hit her? Just curious with her getting back up.
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#2977621 - 10/11/12 06:34 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: JohnnyDollar]
Pursuit Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: JohnnyDollar
Congrats on the find, where did you hit her? Just curious with her getting back up.
The arrow went through the front of the thigh, angled up and entered the abdomen just in front of the udder and exited midway up the far side just behind the ribs. I have no idea how that could have happened with a downward shot angle. She was about 35 yards away so I didn't see whether she jumped the string or whether the arrow was deflected, or whether I just made a crappy shot.
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#2977622 - 10/11/12 06:35 PM Re: Had to Work for This One [Re: JohnnyDollar]
Andy S.
TnDeer Old Timer
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Registered: 07/26/99
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Loc: Atoka, TN

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Persistence pays off again. Congrats on your kill PH.
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