The morning of November 17th was crazy to say the least. After seeing the giant deer I call Boon and not getting a shot I was a little dejected. I knew after a morning like that I needed to get into that stand for the evening sit.
I got back into the pond stand about 1:30 and was excited to say the least. I had checked a few trail cameras and saw that there was a lot of buck movement during shooting hours. It was time to sit back and wait. A short calling sequence later, and Prodigy, a buck that I have quite the history with, was coming my way.
Initially, all that I could see was a big bodied buck with tall tines coming towards my setup. He was moving fast, and I tried to stop him in 2 different shooting lanes, but he wouldn’t stop. I finally got him to stop in a small opening and ranged him at 40 yards.
I moved my HHA sight and came to full draw. I put my pin on his heart and let the arrow fly. My heart sank as I watched the arrow hit low and forward. I couldn’t believe what happened so I grabbed my range finder and checked the yardage again. I ranged the spot 10 times and came up with 49 yards every time. Initially, when I first ranged him, I must have been hit a branch. After watching the buck run away with my arrow sticking out of his shoulder I was hoping for the best, but I knew deep down I had just blew it. I let the deer lay all night and came back in the morning and looked for 3 hours. I never did find my arrow, and only had about 75 yards of spotty blood.
If you bow hunt long enough you will make a bad shot, and obviously when that happens, it’s still important to do everything in your power to recover the animal. We told you that we were going to bring you EVERYTHING! We promised to show you the good and the bad, and unfortunately for me, this year hasn’t been going as planned. However, I’m not done yet, and I still have time to seal the deal. The season is far from over, and although things haven’t went my way, I can’t give up. One valuable lesson I learned from this is when using a range finder to range my ‘target’ multiple times when my next opportunity arises.
Below is the video of my mishap with Prodigy. Again, this is raw footage, with no fancy editing, but it’s real and I hope you appreciate it. Thanks for following along with us here at TrophyPursuit.com. We appreciate it.