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Old 12-21-2005, 11:34 PM
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Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

Fellow longrangers,
I was sitting on my pipeline stand at 0715 in the morning and the fog was rolling off of the frosty green rye grass. I had the remmy sendero in 7 ultra awaiting securely on sandbags when I saw the background moving way down the pipeline. I looked through the zeiss 4.5-14x50 tacticle and saw him clear as day. He entered the pipeline at my 500 yard marker and he was quartering towards me. I adjusted the zeiss accordingly, got my breathing right, and gently eased on the trigger. Bang! The recoil caused me to loose him in the scope. After I found him again, the 154 grn hornady sst slammed into him. I got off of the stand when my good buddy that was hunting on the other side of the pipeline came to see what the verdict was. We found the frothy impact blood exactly 485 yards from my stand. We found him after trailing for 50 yards. The sst entered just behind the left shoulder and exited just behind the rib cage on the right side. It was a 7mm entrance hole and a quarter sized exit hole, and it just devistated everything in between. In the picture you can see the exit hole.

That was the good news, now for the bad.

I was hunting on the same pipeline stand two weeks later. It was about 1630 in the afternoon when I looked in the mirror and saw him. He was sneaking across the pipeline at a slow trot, so I had to wing around pretty fast to get a shot. I put the cross hairs on his shoulder and he stopped. He let me get a good shot on him at a measley 200 yards. I felt really good about the shot. Hell, I just knew that I had got him. Since it was later in the evening, I went to see how I had done. When I walked up to the impact area I jumped him up 25 yards away, and he was a BRUISER. I found blood, hair, and bone where the bullet had struck him. We found blood and meat for 3/10 of a mile through brair thickets, and I mean good blood. Then the blood just ran out. I can't belive after .3 mile of good blood, it just RAN OUT. We used the gps and every known tracking tool (except for dogs) to try and find this guy. Well, guys I still haven't gotten over it. I'm totally depressed and I think about it everyday. How do you make a direct hit at 485 yards one day, and wound a deer on another day. I'm baffled and discusted, and I don't know what could've happened.
Thanks for listening guys,
Brandon

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Old 12-22-2005, 08:16 AM
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Re: Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

Congrats on the Deer you took! I am sorry to hear about the
other Buck, it is odd to have good blood that far, only to stop totally. I have helped alot of people in the past track
Deer in addition to my own & I have seen fairly good blood
in a short distance become less & less & then trickle out,
but your case is far more unusual. I wish I could say that
I personally have never lost a Deer, but in reality anyone
who has taken alot of Deer, say a 100 or more & tells me
he has never lost one, well I am skeptical as mistakes happen, especially in some of the thickets we have.
It appears that you are probably hunting in South AR. What
County? I was in a lease for years between Camden & Magnolia
but now I hunt family property 10 minutes from my house in
North AR.
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:29 PM
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Re: Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

Blood,hair bone and meat sure sounds like a classic (if there is such a thing) leg shot. I've had to deal with this several times and almost always results in a long difficult trailing job.

Congratulations on the one that didn't get away. Good shooting.
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Old 12-23-2005, 01:19 PM
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Re: Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

I agree with old gator, I watched a friend shoot a deer at about 400 yards. I seen it was a front leg hit as the deer ran. He found blood (short)hair and bone frags. Well we decided to go back and get lights. We trailed to where the deer laid down. No blood after that, I believe the wound clotted up.
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:18 PM
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Re: Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

Nomosendero,
We have 3,000 acres between Camden and El Dorado. It's right outside a little town called Luanne. It's a small world.
Guys,
Thanks for the responses, I think you might be right. I guess that's what happens when you have to rush a shot. It's kind of the gamble you take when hunting on pipelines. It just makes me sick to my stomach.
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:29 PM
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Re: Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

I sure know the disgusted feeling you get when loosing a deer. I lost not one but TWO deer this year while bow hunting. The first was a rangefinder reading of the background instead of the buck, so I stuck him in the spine.(he probably lived) And the second the buck jumped the string and the way he jumped it stuck him in the leg. I never found that one either. I know how you feel about it being a bruiser. The two that I stuck this year were by far the biggest bucks that I have ever shot at.

I hung up the bow because of it, but in talking to many, many, MANY people, it's just one of those things that's gonna happen if you hunt long enough. Things don't always go right when in the field.

Don't let that get ya too down. . . and hopefully better luck next year!
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:58 PM
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Re: Back from Arkansas deer hunt. Got good and bad news.

For those that may not know, the pipelines that I know there
are narrow & hunting the pipelines is rough. When a Deer crosses, especially a Big Buck, they usually cross in a hurry. When they stop, you know it will likely be for only a second or two, so you have to shoot fairly fast & sometimes you shoot a little too fast. And once they cross, you know they will vanish in the thick woods. It is totally different than the conditions I hunt on our Wyoming trips, where we get to range the Mule Deer or Antelope, get in position, etc. On the pipelines, it is best to have range indicators already in place, as you usually won't have time to range find the animal.
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