I have not been on here much this year, but I got my first trad kill last night, and its a great feeling.
I went to my Frederick Co. spot last night and carried the longbow in. Had not seen a thing. The camera shooting light was gone so I turned off the camera, and pushed it back out of the way. Not long after, I spotted a buck out in the cut corn field heading my my. When I first saw him, I thought...naahhhh. I ain't shooting him. But then he turned and followed the wood line edge which was 50 yards away and I saw a G-3, so I thought, YEP, I'll shoot him. He walked up to the top of the woodlot and turned away twords the corn field so I hit the grunt tube.....nothing. Hit it again LOUDER, and he stopped cold and looked back. 2 Seconds later he was coming at me nose down. As if it were rehearsed he turned and walked right in front of me in the clear at 8 yards.
Funny thing is, I can't remember anchoring the shot, aiming or anything. All I remember is drawing back, and seeing the arrow hit the exact spot that I was looking at. ( Right behind the shoulder ) It happened so fast. The shot and impact were strangely quiet. No Whap, crack or thump. But I hit him right. The arrow did not pass through, and turned out did not punch through the other side. He took off hard, with his head tucked down, and I thought I heard him crash in the thick hedgerow at the wood line.
After I climbed down I started looking for blood, and there was none to be seen. I kinda walked right on through the wooded area still with no blood or the arrow, and headed for the wood line where I saw him exit. Well, I never found a drop, so I'm thinking this may be a "tomorrow morning" search.
I called my friend Larry to see what he thought about the lack of blood. Remember, I was 90% sure I hit him good. Larry offered to come down packing his Thermal Heat Finder Unit so I waited for him. After he got there, we ended up finding the blood trail and the arrow after all, but not from the Thermal camera. Like I said I skipped over the wooded area. When we got to the wood line the blood had stopped, or we never found anymore. Larry went on and skirted an adjacent field panning around and looking down into the other woods and spotted it.
Turns out it only went about 100 yds, and expired. The shot was right where I thought it was and entered the vital area and stopped at the opposite side.
I am now in the Traditional Kill Column, and it feels GREAT. I have arrowed well over 100 deer with some decent sized bucks in my life, and this guy is the smallest one I've shot at in quite a few years. He's even a little goofy looking but he ranks up there pretty high on my all time Trophy List. Thanks Larry for the help, and the lift into the back of the truck.
I realized I have a trail-cam pic of him also.
This Kill Feels GREAT
-------------------- Maryland Bowhunters Society Posts: 122 | From: Carroll Co. Maryland | Registered: Mar 2009
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-------------------- Bruce A. Hering Program Coordinator/Instructor Shotgun Team Coach ACUI 2011 Div. I National Champions SCTP 2011 Collegiate Division National Champions Game Preserve/Shooting Complex Mg Southeastern Illinois College NSCA Level III Instructor Posts: 1842 | From: Illinois, Southernmost | Registered: Nov 2004
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way to go! everything about the hunt and the kill means so much more when you do it with Trad gear! Every animal we take with our choice of weapons is special.
-------------------- 3 Big River 1pcs longbows 60 & 62in 45-50lbs@26 Big River 2pcs longbow 62in 50@26 Big River Recurve 58in 45@26 Big River Flatbow 60in 57@26 Dave Ricke Recurve 60in 47@26 Big River 59er replica 60in 44@26 WISCONSIN TRADITIONAL ARCHERS Neosho Archers Posts: 622 | From: Wisconsin | Registered: Apr 2010
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