This is a video of a buck I took last year that I just found and thought it might be interesting to share.
This was November 15 2019, I had taken a mature doe at 4:00. Around 10 minutes before end of legal light I hear a deer cross a creek infront of me. I thought it was a doe I'd let pass until he got 50 yards infront of me. I watch him walk towards me on the scope waiting for him to turn broadside. He eventually does at 25 yards at the last 5 minutes. Unfortunately I had not realized it was a hind quarter shot because some debris I had not seen deflected the bolt.
We take time to find my doe first and start looking roughly 1-2 hours after the shot. Luckily, we took my dad's excal paradox cocked (but unloaded and bagged) just in case. We track trickling blood in the snow for 90 yards. We were going to decide to back out to give him more time until we notice a big white belly no more than 10 yards from us, still breathing.
We slowly slip back deciding to either give him more time or finish him off. We contemplate fashioning my 8" double edged hunting knife into a spear (to avoid loading a crossbow past legal time) but finally decide that the most ethical and safest option is to finish him off with a bolt to the heart. After that, to our surprise, he jumps up and runs another 40 or 50 yards and expiring while trying to climb the hill of a large ditch. We back out to drag the doe out before bothering him again.
I definitely took a few lessons from this and this is definitely the hunt that weighs most heavily in my head as all the other deer and animals I've taken died within 50 yards. I'm no novice at tracking other's wounded deer but I'm interested if anyone would've done anything differently
. I count myself lucky that he's on my wall today. Not a monster but my biggest so far at 230lbs 115"