So. I did it! Talk about mixed emotions. I'll try to keep this short. I was "passive attack", like still hunting, a thick creek bottom on the PA opener "yesterday". It got daylight out at about 7 am. I was sneakin along and had a doe coming my way at about 7:30! It all happened soooo fast! She got to about 30 yards in an opening. I was on a knee under a white pine tree. I drew, and took the shot! It looked GREAT! I didnt get a full pass through, but close. Even though I thought this shot was near perfect, I decided to give her a little time since I didnt see/hear her go down. So after the LONGEST 30 minutes of my life, I went and got on her trail instantly. She went down the creek for about 15 yards, then she cut a left and went towards a lease road :sad:. I had heard some random traffic up there already, but they were all hunters goin farther up the hollow. Well, I found where she crossed the road, which was only about another 80 yards from the creek. There was a steep bank on the other side of the road, and I knew with the amount of blood she lost, she wouldnt have made it up it. Well, I was right! I got there and........
I HAD A GUT PILE!!!!!
I couldn't believe it! There was half a gut pile "they left the heart/lungs in it". And they also left my arrow there. It was only 5 yards off the road! So the deer made it a total 100 yards, and I still lost her
. It made me sick, literally.
So, that KILLED my confidence. It didnt help that after what happened finally hit me, I decided to keep huntin... well, I went allllll day without seeing as much as an ear flicker. It just seemed all perfect, and someone ruined it for me. With our extremely low deer population here and high poaching numbers, finding deer at all is hard. I really hope I get another chance at atleast a doe this year :embara:.
So, I guess I kinda got my 1st archery deer? It doesn't really "feel" real though. I had to touch, feel, and taste it to really believe it. So I didnt get the reward I deserved. I sure hope I get another chance.
Sorry for the vent everyone, but thank you for reading.