Joined: 7/21/2004I’m Back! : ) Well sort of LOL. After four years of have difficulty drawing a bow and shoulder popping out of joint (due to torn labrum etc), I’m finally able to draw quietly and harvest a deer thanks to surgery last Dec. Been working on rehab since and still at it. Dr said last Tuesday it would take some time but I will get my strength back.
Last night I sat in my blind for an evening hunt (shoulder still not stable enough IMO and my surgeon; to climb trees).
The doe that’s been busting my chops for the last two years came in with two others at 13.5 yards. Last year she heard my shoulder pop out of joint and quickly turned tail taking the others with her. Last week’s hunt ended up with her getting suspicious and taking her pals 40 yards back into the woods to feed til dark.
Last night was like a dream. All three acted like I was no where around. The largest aforementioned doe finally stepped clear beyond the other two.Wasn’t the best shot angle – slightly quartering toward me with leg back but I was afraid the other two would move forward and block any shot so I took it. I believe it was Chuck Adams who said – take the first high percentage shot – even if it’s not the perfect set-up.
The 455 grain 27″ FMJ tipped with a 100 gr PhatHead make a crack like a tree limb falling and the pink Nockturnal showed the shot was a fatal one.
She bolted and one of the other two does went with her. The third just stepped back and watched the other two run and a minute later returned to feeding. Five minutes later the other doe returned acting like nothing had ever happened.
I lost track of the target doe about 30 yards into the trees. Waited 25 minutes and slipped out of the blind and slowly walked around to coax the other two does to leave.
I found the arrow in the hard clay about 8 yards beyond impact. Pass-though!!
Arrow was intact but bloody. The Phathead was in the dirt but shook off the mud well. ( I just finished touching up the edges – ready to hunt again).
I went up to my neighbor’s place to see if he might want to track with me. He said sure so we went looking together (always nice to have a friend!).
We couldn’t find any blood so we separated about 10 feet apart and walked toward where I last saw the deer. My buddy was just commenting on the situation when I looked to my right and saw her laying there. We hadn’t walked 30 yards and there she was, almost within a few feet of where I lost sight of her. Since the shot was horizontal and centered through both lungs, she bled out internally.
I view this as a personal recovery to be able to finally get back out. I am very thankful to my Creator for allowing me to harvest such a beautiful creature.
I guess one doesn’t really need a 70lb bow for close range hunting. A 53# Heli-m works just fine.
ps-I’ll post a pict after I take it from my wife’s camera.
Joined: 11/27/2008Congratulations sounds like you put a great hit on her!
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Location: Upstate NYIt’s got to be great to be back in the saddle again. Congrats!
Location: New Yorkbd nice job on your deer harvest.i’ll bet it feels great to be back in the hunting game.God is good.
Joined: 11/19/2008Nice job! Stick with the rehab, you are back on track to fill the freezer under your own steam. That phat head would have drilled through that doe from most any angle. Congrats on the kill and personal victory.
Joined: 7/21/2004Thanks all.
It does feel good to get back out and make ‘it’ happen.
Wife took the pict and forgot to include me LOL. Forgot to take my camera when we looked for her. Not much of a pict, but here she is: (please excuse my messy garage)
Have to get busy on my porch now. Son-in-law agreed to come over one evening this week and help put up the 16′ tongue and groove ceiling boards if I pre-cut to length.
THEN I can get back to the woods. Be watching for something bigger with antlers from now on. Rut approaching very soon and you never know what might show up.Congratulations on the rehabilitation and the nice doe!2009 Reezen 6.5 camo/black | 2012 Helim camo | 2012 Z9 black | 2013 MR7 camo | 2014 Chill R tactical | Used Ovation camo/black
Location: PaNice doe. Congrats on getting back in the groove!
Location: VAAlright!!! way to go. Congrats!
Good luck on the antler search!My Buck killing skills are sick – too bad there not contagious!!!
Location: NebraskaCongrats! I’m so happy for you! As one who has also gone through significant shoulder surgery, I know exactly what you’ve been through. Well done.
Ps. Happy eating!
That’s great in that you got to hunt this season!!>>>>--Shoot Straight-->
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