GRANT: Last summer an unknown buck showed
up on our Reconyx cameras. This buck had a lot of neat antler characteristics, so we posted a video of him on our social media pages and asked folks to suggest a name. GRANT: Many folks suggested we name him Slingshot because he had a fork on his G2 and G3 tines and the name stuck. Choose the best red dot sight for pistol. GRANT: At that time we estimated Slingshot
was three years old and decided to pass him for a year and allow him to mature and express
more of his antler growth potential. GRANT: Our Reconyx cameras captured a lot
of pictures and videos of Slingshot throughout that fall in many different areas. GRANT: The amount of travel Slingshot did
during the fall was another indicator he wasn’t fully mature. GRANT: Each buck is a unique individual. But
as a rule of thumb, as bucks mature, they use a smaller portion of their home range. GRANT: During the end of October last fall,
Daniel had our first encounter with Slingshot while hunting on the 50-Acre Ridge. GRANT: Then late in Missouri’s firearms
season, Tyler had another encounter with Slingshot in a food plot we call Pops. TYLER: (Whispering) Man, dude, he’s a pretty
deer. (Inaudible) GRANT: Early this summer we started getting videos and pictures of a buck we thought was Slingshot. As the summer progressed and the buck’s antlers developed, we knew it was Slingshot. GRANT: During the summer of 2018, Slingshot
and other bucks were very active in the southern portion of The Proving Grounds, again using
the Pops plot. Based on the pattern these bucks were showing, Daniel and Clay hung a
pair of Summits in the northeast corner of that plot. GRANT: This location proved very productive
as Daniel tagged a nice buck during an early November afternoon hunt. GRANT: This summer Slingshot was again using
the Pops plot. GRANT: During the late summer and early fall,
bucks are often on a food/cover, food/cover pattern. And finding a quality food source
where the hunter can access, hunt and exit without alerting deer often leads to great
encounters. GRANT: In timber country there’s often a
short period of time between when archery season opens and acorns start to fall that
deer are on that food/cover, food/cover pattern and are often traveling a fair distance. But
once acorns fall deer tend to feed and bed relatively close together and it makes it
very difficult to approach these areas without alerting deer. GRANT: Here there are not many acorns on the
ground yet. Missouri’s archery season opened September 15th. September 17th, about 7:30
p.m., Slingshot walks in front of a Reconyx camera at the Pops food plot. GRANT: Here it was unseasonably warm during
the first week of Missouri’s archery season and most deer were moving after the sunset. GRANT: September 20th a cold front passed
over The Proving Grounds bringing rain and average daytime temperatures dropped by about
10 degrees. GRANT: When weather changes favorably for
deer, daytime deer activity tends to increase. GRANT: A strong south wind was forecast for
the afternoon of September 21st. And Clay and I believed there was a good chance Slingshot
would be in the Pops food plot before dark. GRANT: With a southerly wind, we could approach
the Pops plot from the north side without alerting any deer that were bedded or traveling
from the south side. This was a perfect setup as we believed Slingshot was bedded on and
traveling from the south side of the plot. GRANT: We were very excited because this was
our first archery hunt during Missouri’s 2019 season. GRANT: (Whispering) It’s the afternoon of
September 21st and my first whitetail hunt here at The Proving Grounds this season. I’m
super excited to be back up a tree here at home. GRANT: (Whispering) There’s a lot of acorns
but they haven’t started falling a lot yet and deer are literally browsing heavily on
these beans. We’ve got a Reconyx right over here and it’s picking up some good bucks
getting here right at dark or after dark. There’s a weather front coming in today.
It’s a forecast of rain tomorrow and I’m hoping that change of weather is just enough
to get the bucks on their feet and in the plot before dark. GRANT: As the sun was setting, I was starting
to wonder if Slingshot was going to show. GRANT: Right at last light I spotted a buck.
It was Slingshot. GRANT: The plan worked which for me means
it was a successful hunt. However, the light was low, so we watched him enjoy some beans. GRANT: Slingshot was still enjoying beans
not far from the stand when it was dark. I didn’t want to alert Slingshot and let him
figure out the position of our stand. GRANT: Tyler was still working on the property.
So we got ahold of him and had him come to the plot in the Yamaha and use the Yamaha
to alert Slingshot and push him out of the plot. GRANT: By using this exit strategy, I felt
there was a good chance Slingshot would return to the plot the next afternoon and, hopefully,
a bit earlier. GRANT: The following afternoon the wind was
from the southwest. It had rained lightly during the day and it seemed like a great
afternoon hunt. So Tyler and I returned to the Pops plot. ANNOUNCER: GrowingDeer is brought to you by
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Bloodsport Arrows, Code Blue, D/Code, G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: (Whispering) Tyler and I are back at
Pops food plot where I hunted last night with Clay. We had a great encounter with a buck
we call Slingshot, but it was just a little dark for camera light. Had a little rain today.
Temperatures are at least ten degrees cooler and I’m hoping he’ll show a bit earlier. GRANT: (Whispering) We have a backdoor approach
to this stand, so we should not alert that buck. I believe he’s bedded on the other
side of the ridge. We don’t walk down the plot because that might allow our wind to
switch over there or leave a lot of scent in the plot, so. GRANT: (Whispering) Fortunately, Tyler come
in last night, drove to the plot, and pushed that deer and some other deer that came in
after dark out of the plot, so they don’t associate this stand with danger. We should
be set to hunt this stand again and the deer not know we’re in their range. GRANT: All was quiet late into the hunt until
I finally saw antlers coming through the trees. GRANT: (Whispering) He moved like a rock.
Whew. Slingshot, the buck I was after, 34 ½ yards. I was calm. Shot was good, clearly,
but I could see the buck dropping as my arrow was going to him. I haven’t watched the
footage yet, but I could tell he was dropping a lot, so. I’m afraid that’s a shoulder
shot. I don’t know. We’re not gonna get a lot of blood. GRANT: We could only find two small spots
of blood where Slingshot left the plot. We looked and looked and just couldn’t pick
up a trail. So we decided it was best to return to the office, watch the footage on a larger
monitor and see if we could determine where he was hit and his reaction. GRANT: It was obvious; Slingshot dropped several
inches in response to the shot. GRANT: Back up Daniel, a click or two. No.
Forward a little bit. GRANT: Slingshot not only dropped but had
turned and was leaning at an extreme angle. The buck’s reaction greatly reduced the
size of the effective kill zone. GRANT: Flip – put a Post-It on where, you
know, where we think that is and watch him move. Click the point where you think the
arrow went in. I think my shot was very true. He just moved. (Several talking at once) TYLER: He just turned away from us. GRANT: Yeah. GRANT: By marking the arrow’s path and then
backing up the footage until right before Slingshot started reacting, it’s obvious
the shot would have hit its mark. GRANT: However, the buck did react. And his
reaction time was so fast that when we slow it down, the video is a bit blurry and we
could not tell exactly where the arrow hit. GRANT: Look how far he’s laying over. Did
y’all notice how far over he is? TYLER: Yeah. He’s… GRANT: So I mean… DANIEL: He’s twisted. GRANT: Oh yeah, he’s all. Look at that angle,
you know, compared to this. Look how far he’s leaning over. DANIEL: And his front’s even more than that. GRANT: Even though I’ve got my bow set at
52 pounds, I’m not worried about the setup I’m using’s ability to penetrate. I use
a heavy Bloodsport arrow and a Deadmeat broadhead. GRANT: You may recall that with the same setup
this spring, I shot through a boar in Florida. He had just come out of a wallow, was wet
and muddy and sandy, and the arrow went all the way through the boar and stuck several
inches in a palmetto tree that he was rubbing on. GRANT: In this case, Slingshot was moving
away from the arrow at a high rate of speed. Probably faster than an Olympic sprinter can
take off out of the starting blocks. GRANT: So if you imagine Slingshot going this
way and my arrow’s catching him, but it doesn’t have the same impact as if the buck
was standing still. GRANT: To illustrate this, consider a parked
car being hit by another car. There’s obviously more damage than if those same two cars are
on a road and the car that’s hit is moving at 40 miles an hour and the car that taps
it on the back is moving at 50 miles an hour. The car does much more damage when it hits
the stationery vehicle. GRANT: All right. So everyone study. Those
trees are real important. GRANT: Even with all these considerations,
the guys and I returned with Crystal, our blood trailing dog, and tried to take up the
trail. GRANT: Well, a couple hours ago I shot Slingshot,
one of our good bucks, and we’ve tried. We found just a little blood and lost it,
so Crystal is gonna be up to bat. Hopefully, she’ll do it once again. GRANT: We’re going to take off and once
Crystal’s on it, you’ll know… TYLER: Find it. GRANT: …because Tyler will be skiing through
the woods. GRANT: Find it, girl. Find it. GRANT: Crystal struggled to take up the trail.
We found that a little bit odd ‘cause we’ve used Crystal to recover several deer. And
it was probably because there was a lack of blood. GRANT: Now remember, Crystal is trained to
follow blood, not deer. Crystal lives here at The Proving Grounds with us and probably
smells deer daily and never chases them. She’s trained for the smell of blood, not the generic
smell of deer. GRANT: Crystal finally picked up the trail
and led us to more spots of blood. UNKNOWN: Blood. Right here at my right foot. GRANT: I got it. Come on girl. Find it. Find
it. GRANT: With Crystal’s help we spent about
four hours trailing blood. We’d lose it from time to time and get back on the trail.
And we’d traveled about 435 yards. GRANT: Crystal or the four of us could not
take the trail any further about midnight. GRANT: I had to be out of town the next day,
but the guys and Crystal returned early and tried to take up the trail. DANIEL: All right. We’re out and we are
on the last blood that we marked on onX. We’ve got the map pulled up. We can kind of, we
had all our trackers on and everything so we could see where we were going. And we’re
on last blood. And we’re gonna pick it up and see what we can find. GRANT: The team never found any more blood
and started searching for a body. We spent more than 36-man hours looking for the deer;
covered many miles and several acres and still found no more sign. GRANT: It’s easy to find blood and consider
it a fairly large volume. And that’s probably because humans rarely bleed or see much blood. GRANT: I did some research and humans and
several mammals have about an ounce of blood per pound of weight. Many reports I read made
the assumption that deer have about the same ratio. GRANT: Based on other bucks we’ve tagged
here at The Proving Grounds, I believe Slingshot probably weighed about 200 pounds or maybe
even more, which means he would have had more than six quarts of blood. GRANT: To put this in perspective, a quart
of paint will cover 100 square feet. 100 square feet. We probably didn’t find a foot or
two of square foot of blood given all the little drops we found. GRANT: So the blood we found probably is only
a couple of ounces. Now Slingshot could have lost more blood internally and I’m sure
we didn’t find all the blood that was on the ground. GRANT: In the end, I still don’t know exactly
where Slingshot was hit. I sure hope we get a trail camera picture of him soon. GRANT: I’ve seen many deer throughout my career
survive injuries that I thought were life threatening. GRANT: I realize many folks would not share
this hunt. But I believe the lessons we’ve learned will not only help the GrowingDeer
Team but many other hunters. So I’ve made my choice to share it and I ask, please don’t
send me a lot of hate mail. I’ve explained why I’m sharing it and, hopefully, you can
benefit from the lessons. GRANT: We’ve seen deer react differently
to shots many times throughout the years. These reactions have occurred with the same
setups, the same hunters and even different setups. GRANT: I started my hunting career using a
recurve bow. And I’ve watched this type of reaction throughout my entire career. GRANT: The factor that is the most variable
is the conditions during the hunt. GRANT: Making wise decisions about shot opportunities
requires considering each opportunity individually and not following a formula. GRANT: When Slingshot walked out, until I
took the shot, he was extremely calm. I don’t believe he knew any hunters were around the
plot. GRANT: I let that influence me more than how
quiet it was. And I should have realized it’s extremely quiet and 34 yards is too far to
take a shot with a bow under those conditions. GRANT: I’ve tagged deer, elk and hogs all
at the same or even further distances. But in each case, there were different conditions.
As we’ve shown, my lighted nock was extremely bright during the shot. But what you may not
know, there was a Reconyx camera that had almost the same view as Slingshot. And fortunately,
it was taking a video right during my shot. GRANT: The camera and Slingshot had almost
exactly the same view. But from the camera’s point of view, the lighted nock is not visible. GRANT: I share this because through the years
we’ve received a lot of questions from hunters that have obviously had a similar experience
and are asking if lighted nocks alerted the deer. GRANT: I believe the Reconyx video clearly
shows that deer are not seeing the lighted nock. best red dot sight for the money That light is behind the arrow and blocked
from that point of view. GRANT: I hope we see or get trail camera pictures
of Slingshot again soon. I still feel bad and am losing sleep about my decision to take
that shot. GRANT: My good friend, New York Times best-selling
author and fellow hunter, Andy Andrews, often says, “It’s much easier and usually with
less pain to learn from other people’s mistake.” GRANT: I wish I’d have learned this from
watching someone else. GRANT: If you enjoy this type of detailed information about deer hunting, please check out the deer hunting playlist on the GrowingDeer YouTube channel and encourage your friends to subscribe. GRANT: For here at The Proving Grounds, the
weatherman forecasts cooler temperatures and fall-like conditions. It’s a great time
to get outside and enjoy Creation. GRANT: But most importantly, I hope you take
time every day to slow down, be quiet and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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100 thoughts on “Bow Hunting: Most Hunting Shows Would Not Share This Hunt (#514)

  • October 7, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    When using a bow they hear the noise before impact. Not quite the same as a rifle. Great information on this video.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    I really like the illustrations and how you showed where the buck was spotted throughout the years

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  • October 7, 2019 at 2:04 am
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    Great video

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  • October 7, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    I really enjoy your channel, but I was surprised to see that you took this shot based on your conclusions from your 2018 video, "Jumping the String." That video led me to infer that, unless you are using a very fast bow, a perfect shot can go awry beyond 30 yards – especially when a deer has its nose pointed toward the dirt.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    Much respect Grant! Thanks for sharing. We call it learning cheap…learn from others mistakes and you don’t have to suffer the costly consequences. Don’t know if I’d call this one a true mistake, but I like your comment about each scenario being different with it’s own set of variables to be considered…not a one formula fits all. It’s take a man to be transparent and put himself out there. It takes a man of faith to do it confidently bc he knows who he is, whose he is and who his real judge is! God bless you, keep up the great content and hope slingshot shakes it off and comes back for another opportunity.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    Been there done that ! Terrible feeling but we try our best.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    Thanks for sharing this very educational video. Love ya, bro! (no hate here)

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  • October 7, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    Thanks for the knowledge you share in every video I hope u find slingshot or see him on camera again

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  • October 7, 2019 at 11:05 am
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    That’s a sweet buck, hopefully you can get another shot this season

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  • October 7, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    I don't necessarily look for fault in any ones hunt, god knows I make plenty of my own, but I don't think there really was any "fault" here. It was a great shot and a QUICK deer! Did you guys recover the arrow?

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  • October 7, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    With technology now I wonder why anyone hasn’t came out with a gps tracking device you can attach in an arrow?

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  • October 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    I had this happen a couple of days ago

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  • October 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Anyone who spends enough time hunting has had this happen.  Its what you do after that makes the difference.Spending hours looking for it and exausting all efforts is the right thing like you did.  Unfortunatly not everyone does that and hopefully they watch your video and it changes their mind. I had a similar hunt last year thats on my channel.  Great video guys!

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  • October 7, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    My 72 Bear Grizzly recurve bow doesn't spook deer. Doesn't say much for modern compound bows that cost an arm and a leg for hunters without YouTube channels! All this fancy name brand stuff doesnt help you kill deer fellas…

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  • October 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    you didn’t make a bad shot the deer just jumped your string can’t do much about that keep your head up

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  • October 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Everyone of us that hunt, have had similar shots on good bucks. This deer will be seen alive later. He will heal.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    Iv hunted for 23 years and have had this happen myself. Within the past year of watching growing deer TV, iv learned more then all others years of hunting. Thanks for sharing another education film! Good luck this year guys! God bless.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    This video really helped me I’m going to be going out for my first archery hunt next week!

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    I hope he shows up and you get another chance with him. What a great buck. Good luck this season

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Glad to see you know what happened there will be a second chance

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    For how calm he was coming out I would have never guessed he would have jumped the string the way he did. I've seen deer survive these shots, hopefully he shows soon

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    Thanks for sharing, Grant. The more we can see and think through shot decisions, the less likely we'll make a bad call. Your generosity in sharing your experience adds to our fund of knowledge. Your attitude of respect for the animal alone is a great example and much appreciated.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    hey it happens

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    i think you hit him high in the shoulder

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    I'm a new hunter looking forward to my first season. I'm more focused on ethics and skill than packing the freezer. This first season I'm just expecting to look, listen, and learn. If I get a clean shot I'll consider it.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    Who does the voice over for the sponsors?
    Also it’s weird that you would mention the car representation because I literally just got in a wreck where I was the front car lol

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    Thank you for sharing. Very educational

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    Appreciate the real world hunt and experience f the hunt . Hope he makes it. I know it makes me sick to loose a deer . But if you hunt it will happen bow or firearms

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    Hopefully he survived the shot and I pray you guys get to see him again. Hopefully you’ll get the chance again to harvest him without him reacting to the next shot and having a repeat. God Bless and keep up your tactics.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    Can someone explain how this channel doesn't have 1 mil subs yet?

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    I get what he’s saying but really man 8 fletchings chill out man that’s like putting a parachute on a race car I’m not saying it would’ve killed the deer but there’s no way that’s beneficial at that distance four is more than enough

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    Try hunting public land if you want to prove you're good at hunting. You'd have to be rich or born into land for any of these "tactics" to be of any value

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  • October 8, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    I found that anything out side of 30 yards there is to much room for movement, at least on whitetail.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    I’m a new hunter. Very informative learning video

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  • October 8, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    How can y’all see any fun in hunting a fenced deer ?

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  • October 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    I’m glad that they showed the bad shot footage because it’s more realistic than just someone just killing big bucks because they have a lot of property

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Thanks for sharing. You did the right thing.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    Awesome video. Thanx for sharing!!

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  • October 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Thanks for sharing the good and the bad for us all to learn from both. That's why I have been following your channel for almost as long as it's been active.
    Also you did an experiment in another video stating how much more "potential" a deer with its head lowered has to duck an arrow than one with its head up. Do you think with the same conditions but slingshot having his head up could have helped in your favor?

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    Great vid. I'm in Southern MO and will be, hopefully, taking my first deer this weekend (I'm not a youngster…so I'm excited after waiting all these years), supposed to be frost Saturday morning and we're seeing plenty of doe's, 4 pointers and a nice 8 pointer on the cams. Fingers crossed.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    neck shot.probably a dead deer somewhere.alot of arteries in that area

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  • October 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Great shot,. But no way should that shot should have ever been taken. No one I don't care how good they think they are with a bow can out shoot sound.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    Less than 30 yards that is a dead deer.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Grant,

    I'm a big fan of your show and this has to be one of my favorite episodes because this shows a true hunters perspective of what can happen. I don't believe there is a wrong in this all. All you can do is learn from it and move on. I think it is incredible how much that deer move after the shot, and it shows how quick his instincts were. I don't know if it plays a part but my belief is that this deer is in the prime of his life and when you are in the prime of your life everything is going your way. It's unfortunate of the outcome but who knows he may show back up in a week. Good luck to you and the rest of your team this hunting season.

    Sam

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  • October 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Thanks for sharing I did the same thing last week it was the first time I’ve ever had this happen and it really messed with me. Good luck this season and god bless

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  • October 9, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    I think this was an amazing teaching video. I honestly feel like you guys did everything you could to retrieve your animal. Thats all you can ever really ask of any hunter. We all encounter situations like this at least once in our lifetimes as outdoorsmen. Its part of learning and becoming a better hunter. Much love to you and the rest of the Growing Deer family. Hope we get to see Sling Shot back in a plot soon and I hope you get a chance for your redemption shot. Have a blessed one.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    Great video. Keep us informed.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    that arrow did not punch through that boar. i van see it still stuck in him

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  • October 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    I respect anyone who owns and shares their failures as well as their triumphs. Things don't always fall into place the way we would like. I've lost sleep over some of the shots I've taken, but those are the ones that taught me the most. The thing is, most shot opportunities have a fleeting window and judgements have to be made in a split second. I've also lost sleep over shots I didn't take because I hesitated too long, though not being able to recover an animal weighs much heavier on my heart. When you factor in the rush of adrenalin coursing through your body and your pounding heart, it's not so easy to have a perfect outcome every time.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    I can clearly see that arrow hitting the side of the low neck. It a superficial wound. That deer is alive.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Happened to me 2 nights ago, but after watching this video I feel a little better about my deer living

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  • October 9, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    A ranch manager took a shot at a young buck, chest, he thought he had buck fever and missed because he didn’t find it or a trail. Well 4 days later my dad found it injured with a hole blasted out the shoulder but walking, he decided to end it’s painful ordeal with a clean proper shot and recovered it for the manager. Don’t think he harvested it and probably the meat fouled up too. Gotta say those animals are tough!

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  • October 10, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I can't see where you did anything wrong, 34 yards is not all the far, his reaction was quicker that I have ever seen a deer react. That arrow was about 20 yards down range and Slingshot was already ducking, holy cow he reacted so quickly. One thing I didn't listen for was the sound your bow made. Maybe it is loud I don't know, something alerted him. One thing, our Pa deer don't react that fast, thank God.

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  • October 10, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    There are 2 types of hunters. The ones who admit these things and the other type are the liars who say they are perfect. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get another chance at him.

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  • October 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    I am thankful you shared this information. I shot a deer and found a couple good blood spots and we looked for 2 hours that night and 6 hours the next day and never found the deer. After doing some research, we determined the deer was able to survive the shot. We did not have footage of the shot, so I couldn't determine where the shot was placed. So heart-breaking when you don't find the deer, but hopeful it survives. Again, thank you for sharing.

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  • October 10, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    This hunt reminds me of your video on how fast deer can drop down or jump the string. Tough lesson learned. I hope you guys see him again soon!

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  • October 10, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    I made a poor shot on a massive public land buck just a few days ago, spent two days tracking until there was no more trail. I bumped him twice during that time from less than 10 yards away. hopefully he survives – I still don't know 100% certainty where the shot hit him or if my arrow deflected off a twig/branch or if I just whiffed…it is disappointing, but life goes on and the hunt continues.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    Look like it would have been a great shot grant

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    Very educational video, extremely painful lesson learned. I really appreciate you, for sharing your story. I learned a great deal and will approach future shots with more awareness.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    U got him good

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:27 am
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    Great Video. I would like to be able to show this video to my Hunter Safety Classes. I have to agree with others here. It definitely looked like a superficial wound. This happens to everyone sooner or later no matter how careful we are. It is part of hunting and the unpredictability of the quarry. It would be bad if you just left the deer without making an effort. It sucks knowing that you made a hit and can not recover the harvest. It is part of being a good and ethical hunter. Thank you.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    Bummer, hope he's still alive.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Diligent follow up. It's deer hunting. Stuff happens.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    There was no way you could of predicted that slingshot was going to move the way he did. I was a spot on shot but just another fast reaction by the deer. I think a second more could have made a difference but overall. I think it was just a tough break. Secondly the only hate mail I think you'll get is mail from animal lovers and people who oppose hunting. Anyway I think you'll get him next time if he comes back.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    I don’t like any shots over 25 yards for this reason.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    52 lbs at 35 yards late in the season when the deer are spooked is not a great recipe. Looks to me like you shot him on the upper front leg and I bet someone will get Slingshot later this season. Thanks for sharing.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    Jumping the string happens. He appeared calm but was extremely aware, His youth allowed for very quick reflexes. I bet you will see that deer again… Had a friend last year stick a deer, when the processor pulled the skin off ,almost a whole side was bruised, The other side had bruising as well , It was hit by a car and survived . Im surprised the arrow was never found,

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  • October 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    If you look closely to the video you can see the arrow hit the deers arm so it’s just an injury

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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    This isnt hunting, this is sitting in a tree waiting to shoot a buck, how is that fun?

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  • October 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    It's not your lucky day… Better luck next time. Good luck and Godbless to your team

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  • October 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    I had a similar hunt but I was about 15yd away. The arrow looked like it was dead nuts on. But if I did hit the shoulder there was no blood no arrow. But like a few mins after I shot I hurd the deer snort then run off again. Great channel bud

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  • October 13, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    I can't stand hunting shows that are all talk talk talk talk talk.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    It happens to us all at some point. Glad you shared this video as the lessons are great for all. I just hit one high on Saturday. She dropped and turned at the shot, 30yrds, and my shot was a little high. Chunky meat on the bolt but not a drop of blood. Bolt passed through the backstrap but nothing else. Hopefully we'll both get a second chance at the ones that got away. God Bless you all!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    I'm no expert but I think the error was you waited to long. When you decided to take the shot he was already turning (eating).

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    Stop killing mupit

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  • October 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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    Had the same situation on a doe last week, I know the feeling, it’s not great, but it’s part of hunting. Hope he shows up for you again

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  • October 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    I appreciate your thoughts about the assumed loss of blood. Just recently followed a similar trail and put way less hrs into it. Thanks for being up front and honest with how hunting goes at times!

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  • October 14, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    I think it hit slingshot in the backside of the shoulder! I hope he shows backup on camera because I don't think that was a lethal hit

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  • October 14, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Grant I personally love that you analyzed everything with an open mind to determine what the mistakes were and how not to repeat it. I have made many mistakes hunting, but you have such a good neutral attitude about trying to learn as much from this as possible. I nor anyone else can fault you thanks to your openness and honest self criticism. God bless.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    It happens to all of us. Props for being real.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    Looks like you hit him right in front of the back right leg

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  • October 15, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    WOW, ALL THAT PLANTED FOOD PLOTS AND WE CALL OURSELVES HUNTERS, AND THEN WE USA AN ANALOGY OF A CAR ACCIDENT FOR ARROW IMPACTS. WAY TO GO GUYS. YOUR REALLY SHOWING UPCOMING HUNTERS THE REALITY OF HUNTING.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    That was a good shot and I completely understand why it was taken, hell I’ve done it myself. But with a low poundage bow, a heavy arrow, and a longer shot, it seems very likely that that would happen.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Shot one high shoulder about two weeks ago. Arrow didn't pass through and I spend two hours looking for her. My buddy did the same thing this week and couldn't recover his buck. That is why bowhunting is so special b/c there is so much room for error so when you nail it, it is so sweet.. Thanks for showing what real hunting is like. It isn't always "brown down."

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  • October 16, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    No reason that you should get any hate mail, it’s deer hunting it happens that’s just part of it. Keep your head up Grant! Slingshot could still be alive.
    I seriously learned a lot from this video thanks for all the great tips!

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  • October 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    This is a shame you have watched this deer grow up to speak of . Hopefully he will show up again .

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  • October 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm
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    did he ever show up again

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  • October 18, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Happens to everyone at some point.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Thanks for the video very educational👍.

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  • October 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    i think u hit the shoulder

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  • October 19, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    And this is why I don't shoot past 30 yards. No matter the setup, guys will boast about shooting out to 40+ yards. I hope some idiots who shoot long distance learns a thing or two. Thanks for sharing.

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  • October 21, 2019 at 9:54 am
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    52 lbs.aint enough .

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  • October 23, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    shooting a pet that you have been raising, congratulation.

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  • October 23, 2019 at 7:48 am
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    Deer season. Is that salt pepper. 2 onion
    Beef broth .slow cook over night in crockpot
    Alaska deer season
    Then its ketchup and TABASCO. Skip salt and pepper. Hope you have onion and potatoes

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  • October 23, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Any updates?? Loks lie he was hit back of neck on the spine. Missed vitals and should be ok. Probably wont venture near the area anytime soon but should be alive and well.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    It happens brother so dont beat yourself up over it. I'll go out on a limb and say you'll see him again,with a scar on his right shoulder.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    That deer is alive . It looked like the bandera from a picador ,on a bull . The bandera ,kind of hangs and swings wildly as it hangs off a bull. I think it’s a muscle hit . I bet you will see him again .buena suerte amigo.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Great video! Appreciate the honesty of the video. I hit the shoulder a couple years ago, couldn’t find him, but saw him alive and in the field 6 weeks later.

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  • October 25, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    Should have never took that shot. Poor angle,poor patience, poor hunting. Would have turned broadside he was feeding

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