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First deer of the season (3rd deer ever with a bow)

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I was set up with my back to a creek looking over a oak flat (SW Georgia). The tree I set up my saddle in was up on a 6 ft rise and I climbed up about 15 feet, so 20 or so feet total height). I was set up around 3:30pm and didn't see a thing except squirrels until about 6:30pm when a small flock of turkeys came within 20 yards of my tree (no fall season here).

I was just losing shooting light when I heard a deer coming from my left and a big doe came into view right below me, walking quickly. I drew back and stopped her because she was moving too fast to make a good shot, especially with how dark it was getting (the first pic makes it look a lot lighter than it actually was), and shot her at 9 yards. Arrow stuck a foot into the ground, she ran 35 yards and piled up.

No blood at impact, hardly any blood until where she went down, but chest cavity was full of blood. Double lung just above the heart, broke a rib on entry and cut a rib and back of the offside elbow on exit.

Bowtech SR6, 62 pounds on performance mod, 29" draw, 450 grain VF TKO 300 spine arrow, stock 23 grain insert, 125 grain TOTA 1" solid

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Great pictures I love all the different views you gave us
Thanks. I find pictures of results very helpful when I'm looking for answers about broadhead performance, deer anatomy, tracking, etc. And I like to look back at it later and see if there's anything I could change and compare to future results. Looking through these pictures and my pictures from last year made me realize that I prefer the Exodus heads over the TOTA. Nothing wrong with the TOTA, it performed great, but the Exodus has some benefits I like better.
 

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Nice job Mossy-Back. Hoping to get my first with a bow in a few weeks in Michigans Yoop. I've opted for the TOTA broadhead as well.
While I like the TOTA, and the 1" solid flies really well, I prefer the Exodus.
 

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Congrats man. Any deer with a bow is a trophy
For sure. I'd be super happy to shoot a big buck, but my main goal is meat in the freezer and the hunting experience.
 
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Well Done !!!! I am hunting a new piece this evening. A family across the road is getting 8-10 deer in their back yard about every evening so I am hoping to put a doe down tonight.

Having them go down in sight or within hearing range is awesome.
 
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