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X Mas eve yesterday am I shot at a big racked buck 5 min after legal shooting light.A quick shot as the buck came in running and stopped in an opening where I had to thread the shot through some trees,etc.
75-80 yard shot w/ M/L,don't know if I hit him or not,waited 1/2 hr after the shot.No blood or hair.Don't believe my shot was deflected but is a possibility but I doubt it.I was on him and stayed w/ the shot but like I said it was a quick opportunity.Not sure of direction,couldn't see through the smoke cloud.Looked around for an hour,around the perimeter as not to push him,looked for blood/sign in case he crossed.

Called 6 friends to help but no availability due to the Holiday.Waited 6 hours then came back alone after lunch and looked for 4 hours to no avail.
I hunted so hard all year,and don't get alot of opportunities at mature bucks.I don't hunt areas that have 40-50 deer per square mile that I may get another opportunity tomorrow or next week.We hunt private land that unfortunately is plauged with trespassers.This was the biggest buck I've seen in a couple years and I passed many small bucks.

I'm really bummed out,depressed,and pissed off.I feel like locking myslf in my room for 3 days w/ my head buried in my pillow.But my wife is very supportive,she tries to understand how I feel and how much hunting means to me.

The time spent w/ her and my kids has helped me.Seeing the looks on their faces last night and today has really helped my realize what is really important.If it wasn't for them my Christmas would definately have been ruined!I'm not totally better but I'll get through it.I know alot of you hunters can relate...
 

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Ken, again sorry to hear you didn't find him, and sorry I had my phone off but like I said, I've been down with the flu for 3 days and was just housebound yesterday. You know how addicted to deer hunting I am, and if I haven't been out the last 3 days, even though I'm off, I have to be pretty sick. Hopefully, you missed and that buck will be back next year (or the next time I get out there :D ).

Have a good Christmas.
 

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Know the feeling very well. Just think that he is still alive and out there for another day. The holidays are priceless when you see the look on the kids faces. Enjoy them with the family!

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X Mas eve yesterday am I shot at a big racked buck 5 min after legal shooting light.A quick shot as the buck came in running and stopped in an opening where I had to thread the shot through some trees,etc.
That's the problem with staying so late and the light goes away. Especially after the legal time. [down]
 

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That's the problem with staying so late and the light goes away. Especially after the legal time.
I misunderstood him also at first, but he shot at the buck, during legal hunting hours. It was 5 minutes after the allowed time.
 

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That's the problem with staying so late and the light goes away. Especially after the legal time
I think he meant 5 min. after MORNING first light, cause he said he then waited and came back 6 hrs. later after lunch.

Hey, 10ga. let's hope, for whatever reason, that it was a clean miss.
But keep an eye open for bird ( buzzard & crow ) activity, just in case.

But put it out of your mind for today. Enjoy your Christmas.
 

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My mistake. Yes, I did misread, read to fast etc.

Still sorry for not finding the deer. Like someone said, hopefully he'll be back later this year or next.
 

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You did everything you could . Sounds like he is still running around out there . Enjoy the smiles on the kids faces today and fun with them!!
 

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Sounds like a clean miss. Maybe you will get another shot at him.
 
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