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brassman

Did I do the right thing?

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brassman    0
brassman

I was sitting in my treestand when I saw this huge body through the brush about 120 yards away and all I saw was antlers. he was huge. I didn't want to risk a shot and gut shoot him or hit him in the rearend. I had the scope on him but he was standing with his head down pretty much pointed right at me, standing in some taller grass, about as high as mid thigh. he walked towards the swamp and I threw every call I had at him and he never showed again. Do you think I did the right thing by passing on a mediocre shot? confused.gif

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Steve Foss    0
Steve Foss

Passing on a mediocre shot is always a good thing to do. Congrats on that.

The rub is in deciding what is mediocre. If you were in a stand with solid rest and a nicely sighted in scoped high-power rifle, and the buck was facing you with its head down, a shot into the spine between the shoulders or a bit front of that would not have been too hard.

That last is Monday morning quarterbacking, of course, so take it for what it's worth — not much. grin.gif

In the end, YOU decide which shots are mediocre and which are high percentage. Since it's you who has to live with your own conscience, I think you did the right thing.

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brassman    0
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I forgot to mention that there were some pine boughs somewhat in the way. He was there and then gone fast so I really didn't want to rush the shot and I know my scope is not spot on, it hits high and to the right, at 50 yards it is one inch high and one inch right. I think I'll take it out tomorrow and see what I can do to put it on so its a little high at 100. man this sucks, I hope hes there tomorrow. I feel better not shooting at all than shooting and letting the wolves have a free lunch. (they came through about a week ago)

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Steve Foss    0
Steve Foss

See? You made the right decision.

Where are you hunting? Generally. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

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Scott K    28
Scott K

It sounds like you know the limitations of your gun, and you didnt want to push that. Only you know if it was the right thing to do, and it sounds like you are happy with the decision. I would have had a hard time passing up that shot, but I know mine is accurate at that range.

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fishermn    0
fishermn

Absolutely the right thing to do, both as a sportsman and just from a safety perspective. If you cannot clearly see your target you are taking a poor and unsafe shot in my opinion.

Besides that, this way you might just get an opportunity on him in the future when you have a good clean shot...

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brassman    0
brassman

Quote:

Where are you hunting? Generally.
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You want the exact coordinates? grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

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USPENAMC    0
USPENAMC

good for you sir.

today i had to pass on a doe with my bow at 10 yards nothing between us the only thing was that it was a looking at me shot so i didnt take it.

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lawdog    0
lawdog

No question you did the right thing. Absolutely 100% sure of this answer. Good job sir!

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livintofish    0
livintofish

Always a hard call to make, but you made the right one if you had any question of the shot. Sounds kind of like my buddy opening morning he heard a lot of commotion and saw a buck with a huge rack in the distance. He put the scope on it and could see it but not very well, even though it was legal shooting time. He sat there for a minute and decided not to take the shot, because he could not clearly see his target and where he was shooting. Were pretty sure another guy in our party got this buck later that morning, as we don't see too many big ones. Hopefully he will be back and present a clean shot, I commend you for doing the tough, but right thing... We as sportsman have to be contiencious of our actions, so wildlife doesn't suffer or go to waste.

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gurkster    0
gurkster

Good call - you made the right choice.

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PerchJerker    0
PerchJerker

If you're not sure of the shot, for sure don't take it.

If you think it's a mediocre shot, it's up to you if you want to take it or not. Personally I don't think it's very ethical to take mediocre shots if you think there's a chance you'll wound and lose the animal.

I say good job for showing restraint and passing on a shot you didn't feel comfortable with.

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96trigger    0
96trigger

You did two things right.

#1, you didn't take a marginal shot, you new your limitations and didn't push them, Congrats.

#2, you didn't spook the buck, there is much better chance that you will get another shot at him, I'd stick tight to the that stand, maybe throw in some blind calling. He didn't go too far and is still in the area.

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snapcrackpop    0
snapcrackpop

So maybe now it's time to put out a buck decoy and rattle like a mad man!

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Grant Pearson    0
Grant Pearson

you absolutely did the right thing. Just think of how you'd feel if you had made a shot, wounded him, and he got away? You'd feel worse than you do now.

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96trigger    0
96trigger

I would not be afraid to call aggressively. I would raise heck with the rattles and calls for 5 min, then wait a half hour. Although, I have been hearing through the grape vine that the doe bleat has been working down hear lately, so maybe drop the rattle, put out a decoy doe, and bleat. Tough call.

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Steve Foss    0
Steve Foss

Doe bleat's been working great up here, too.

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Hammer Handle    0
Hammer Handle

Many times I have passed a "fair" shot and got a great shot at the same deer.

A few times, you get no shot.

That is the name of the game. You made the right call!!

If you would have missed or wounded him and watched his run away...you would be thinking to yourself "Did I make the right choice?" The answer would then be "No".

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brassman    0
brassman

Once he was out of sight in the thick stuff I used the can about 2 times then I grunted/buck growled at him then went into a brief rattle session but he never showed up again. Sat there tonight and nothing not even a doe showed, I'll be out there tomorrow night as well. lots of does on the road though, they are on the move too bad there was little snow away from the lake!

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Grant Pearson    0
Grant Pearson

Quote:

Many times I have passed a "fair" shot and got a great shot at the same deer.

A few times, you get no shot.

That is the name of the game. You made the right call!!

If you would have missed or wounded him and watched his run away...you would be thinking to yourself "Did I make the right choice?" The answer would then be "No".


There's a reason why we're out "deer hunting" instead of "deer shooting." This is one of the reasons.

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brassman

ok sorry for the picture quality but here is a picture of where he came out. This is through my scope all the way up to nine and through my phone so not so great picture.

scopebigbuck005.jpg

if you look above the fallen tree thats not all the way down to the ground and through the biggest gap between the trees (just to the left of the scope vertical crosshair.) is where I had the best shot at him, and again his back was almost to the top of the pine boughs hanging down. It was about quarter to five when I did see him so the light was fading fast. tomorrow night I'll bring my good camera out and get a better picture.

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Grant Pearson    0
Grant Pearson

From what I can see, wise choice on passing.

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Nate McVey    0
Nate McVey

Agreed with everyone here, I think you did the right thing and hopefully you get a shot at him again.

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hanson    1
hanson

I read your first post and didn't feel that I needed to read through the next 3 pages of posts.

To sum it up... you made the right decision!!

I have made the wrong decision a couple times in my past. You would think a guy would learn after one, right? Wrong! Most marginal shots end up with a blood trail that you can't follow, an injured deer that does not leave a blood trail, or a deer that bleeds internally that you will never find.

There is nothing that makes me more sick than losing a deer. Because ultimately, I know it was my fault. Its a horrible fealing. frown.gif

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