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I just read the thread by “Trailcam Guy” and had that “deja vue” feeling. I had a similar experience on 11-9-19 in upstate N.Y.. It was 19 degrees and heavy snows a couple days prior had snow clinging to every tree, branch and twig. I elected to stay grounded due to the conditions, sitting in a thick hedgerow of brush and hickory trees on a folding stool. I pruned a small window to shoot out of the hide ...no more than 18”-20” wide. I was wearing heavy medium brown wool camo. I’m looking up a 10’ wide mowed path in a heavy brush bedding area. I can see all the way to the end of the trail where it “Ts” into an 8ntersecring trail.

So at about 9:00 I see a decent 8 point come out about 125 yards away right under one of my stands. Works the overhead branch, scrapes and continues on across and out of my sight. Moments later a larger mature, wide racked buck came out same spot....works the branch, scrapes and proceeds on into the thicket. So I’m enjoying the hell out of all this, too much so to feel disappointment with them not having come my way. Not 5 minutes later yet another big rack steps out same place and does the branch thing but unlike the others he turns my way and begins coming my way. I’m pretty excited and watching him with my Vortex binos...he’s a beauty. I’m thinking to myself you’ve got no chance...no chance. I’d earlier picked out a snow covered lump of grass in the trail and ranged it at 48 yards. So happens that’s where my bottom crosshair hits....consistently....as in every time. So he stops periodically and browses but also stops and stares right at me. Then comes a little further, browses, stares me down and so forth. This goes on and now I’m getting wound up pretty tight...as in tighter than a snare drum. Long story shortened, I at some point realized he was standing at that clump of grass. He was almost dead on facing me but angled slightly maybe 4-5 degrees off of head on. My thinking was I’ve practiced this 48 yard shot all fall and here we are. I’d passed several younger bucks and here was this mature buck. He was literally looking right at me. I had a solid rest elbows on the knees...solid. At the shot he dropped like a sack of potatoes and never got up. It turns out the arrow entered the lower third of the neck and severed his spine. The entry wound was rather huge for the fixed blade Parker Red Hot broadhead. I believe he saw my tawny brown coat through the shooting window and thought it was a doe and seeing as this was the sweet spot of the rut in this area he was going to investigate. My first deer with crossbow and honestly I’m still astonished at how lethal that crossbow is.
 

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That's a great buck and a great story. Congrats.:) Welcome to the boards. :)
 

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Grats and welcome! I wasn't gonna read the whole dang thing..., but crap! I couldn't stop myself!!! :rolleyes: lol
Ya blab pretty good, man!!!
 

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I neglected to mention....I shoot a Parker “Enforcer”....Parker “Red Hot” arrows with fixed 3-blade broadheads. The post by “Trailcam Guy” was so good and so similar to my experience I had to post it. I would note that I’m WAY younger than him ....I’m only 69.5 years old.
 

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I just read the thread by “Trailcam Guy” and had that “deja vue” feeling. I had a similar experience on 11-9-19 in upstate N.Y.. It was 19 degrees and heavy snows a couple days prior had snow clinging to every tree, branch and twig. I elected to stay grounded due to the conditions, sitting in a thick hedgerow of brush and hickory trees on a folding stool. I pruned a small window to shoot out of the hide ...no more than 18”-20” wide. I was wearing heavy medium brown wool camo. I’m looking up a 10’ wide mowed path in a heavy brush bedding area. I can see all the way to the end of the trail where it “Ts” into an 8ntersecring trail.

So at about 9:00 I see a decent 8 point come out about 125 yards away right under one of my stands. Works the overhead branch, scrapes and continues on across and out of my sight. Moments later a larger mature, wide racked buck came out same spot....works the branch, scrapes and proceeds on into the thicket. So I’m enjoying the hell out of all this, too much so to feel disappointment with them not having come my way. Not 5 minutes later yet another big rack steps out same place and does the branch thing but unlike the others he turns my way and begins coming my way. I’m pretty excited and watching him with my Vortex binos...he’s a beauty. I’m thinking to myself you’ve got no chance...no chance. I’d earlier picked out a snow covered lump of grass in the trail and ranged it at 48 yards. So happens that’s where my bottom crosshair hits....consistently....as in every time. So he stops periodically and browses but also stops and stares right at me. Then comes a little further, browses, stares me down and so forth. This goes on and now I’m getting wound up pretty tight...as in tighter than a snare drum. Long story shortened, I at some point realized he was standing at that clump of grass. He was almost dead on facing me but angled slightly maybe 4-5 degrees off of head on. My thinking was I’ve practiced this 48 yard shot all fall and here we are. I’d passed several younger bucks and here was this mature buck. He was literally looking right at me. I had a solid rest elbows on the knees...solid. At the shot he dropped like a sack of potatoes and never got up. It turns out the arrow entered the lower third of the neck and severed his spine. The entry wound was rather huge for the fixed blade Parker Red Hot broadhead. I believe he saw my tawny brown coat through the shooting window and thought it was a doe and seeing as this was the sweet spot of the rut in this area he was going to investigate. My first deer with crossbow and honestly I’m still astonished at how lethal that crossbow is.
Beautiful 10 pointer!!! Congrats Sir and that's quite a story. First deer with a crossbow??? Good luck beating that one now!;) Its going to be fun trying though!!! Congrats again!
 

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Congrats on a nice buck. Not trying to be a downer but i'd think twice taking a 48 yd shot basically straight on. Glad you hit the spine and it worked out this time but more often than not it will not.

Ya, I hate to say it, but chest on shots are often disasters...! My buddy almost lost a doe that way...it seems that unless both wind bags are poked good, they will go and go....I think ya actually got lucky this time, no offense meant though, man. Just a friendly heads up. I hope ya don't mind us say'n...?
Or, maybe you were sure you'd hit the right spot, then way to go! :)
 

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Awesome story and great shot on that guy, well done Ole rambler.
The only difference between you at 69.5 and me at 70.5 is you can still date younger women and I'm considered past my prime now, lol.
Welcome to the forum !
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In reply to KtownKiller and Coal Hollow....I appreciate your recommendation. I’ve thought about it a lot since I shot and agree my choice to shoot was very questionable. I would pass that shot angle in the future and am just happy it worked out. It was my first crossbow deer. Your comments are well taken.
 

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Glad to hear, buddy!! I probably would've taken a shot like that also, had I not gotten warnings about it also! Glad he was DRT for ya!!!
You're a good, humble and honest dude!!! :) And a heck of a good shooter also!!! Truth be known! lol
 

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Personally, I have had great success taking straight on shots at deer with a crossbow. Back in 2017, I took 2 big 8 pts. a week apart with straight on shots, at 35 and 37 yds. Before that, another big 8 pt. at 31 yds. None of those bucks went over 40 yds. Just a fluke I guess, lol! BTW, the buck in my avatar was not one of these...that one was broadside and went probably 75 yds.
 

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Personally, I have had great success taking straight on shots at deer with a crossbow. Back in 2017, I took 2 big 8 pts. a week apart with straight on shots, at 35 and 37 yds. Before that, another big 8 pt. at 31 yds. None of those bucks went over 40 yds. Just a fluke I guess, lol! BTW, the buck in my avatar was not one of these...that one was broadside and went probably 75 yds.

Interesting, man!!! So ya had no issues with penetration with all the bone and mass in the chest even?
Like I say, my buddy had a bad experience, but then he's shoot'n an old school recurve....Maybe crossbows just pile through everything better!?

Not arguing with ya either. I like to learn this way!:)
 

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I just read the thread by “Trailcam Guy” and had that “deja vue” feeling. I had a similar experience on 11-9-19 in upstate N.Y.. It was 19 degrees and heavy snows a couple days prior had snow clinging to every tree, branch and twig. I elected to stay grounded due to the conditions, sitting in a thick hedgerow of brush and hickory trees on a folding stool. I pruned a small window to shoot out of the hide ...no more than 18”-20” wide. I was wearing heavy medium brown wool camo. I’m looking up a 10’ wide mowed path in a heavy brush bedding area. I can see all the way to the end of the trail where it “Ts” into an 8ntersecring trail.

So at about 9:00 I see a decent 8 point come out about 125 yards away right under one of my stands. Works the overhead branch, scrapes and continues on across and out of my sight. Moments later a larger mature, wide racked buck came out same spot....works the branch, scrapes and proceeds on into the thicket. So I’m enjoying the hell out of all this, too much so to feel disappointment with them not having come my way. Not 5 minutes later yet another big rack steps out same place and does the branch thing but unlike the others he turns my way and begins coming my way. I’m pretty excited and watching him with my Vortex binos...he’s a beauty. I’m thinking to myself you’ve got no chance...no chance. I’d earlier picked out a snow covered lump of grass in the trail and ranged it at 48 yards. So happens that’s where my bottom crosshair hits....consistently....as in every time. So he stops periodically and browses but also stops and stares right at me. Then comes a little further, browses, stares me down and so forth. This goes on and now I’m getting wound up pretty tight...as in tighter than a snare drum. Long story shortened, I at some point realized he was standing at that clump of grass. He was almost dead on facing me but angled slightly maybe 4-5 degrees off of head on. My thinking was I’ve practiced this 48 yard shot all fall and here we are. I’d passed several younger bucks and here was this mature buck. He was literally looking right at me. I had a solid rest elbows on the knees...solid. At the shot he dropped like a sack of potatoes and never got up. It turns out the arrow entered the lower third of the neck and severed his spine. The entry wound was rather huge for the fixed blade Parker Red Hot broadhead. I believe he saw my tawny brown coat through the shooting window and thought it was a doe and seeing as this was the sweet spot of the rut in this area he was going to investigate. My first deer with crossbow and honestly I’m still astonished at how lethal that crossbow is.
Nice buck. Congrats
 
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