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Absolutely Outstanding!!! Congratulations on your first crossbow deer. There truly is nothing like it. As far as a sparse blood trail, that is sometimes the case. You have to look for even a small little droplet of blood, and keep on following. I have had track jobs take more than an hour for a 50 yard track. Patience is truly the key. Sounds like you did a great job all the way around.
 

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Well, I got my first deer with my crossbow this morning!
To make it even sweeter, it was in one of my favorite ladder stands sites, the ‘Holly Stand‘.
It’s in a big oak surrounded by Fl holly trees (hence the name), with two ponds near by.
There are several fresh scrapes at this location this yr.
A nice 8 point walked right at me then turned off into brush to my right where I couldn’t get a shot.
I tried to call him back but to no avail.
About 45 minutes later a 6 point walked into one of the scrapes 20 yards from me, stood broadside and started raking the tree with his antlers.
I eased the safe off quietly like Jeff had told me how to do, put the 20 yd dot right behind his shoulder and squeezed the trigger of my Sub1 Lite, that I had propped on my shooting stick that I keep run down my tall snake boots when seated. I used one of the Black Eagle arrows that Scott had sent me, tipped with a Grim Reaper 100 gr broad head. I heard a ‘whack’ when the arrow hit him so I was pretty sure it was a good shot.
I trembled with buck fever after the shot and waited a looong 25 minutes to climb down.
The Glory lighted nock that Jim had recommended made it easy to find where the sparse blood trail started. After tracking tiny drops of blood about 90 yards I saw his white belly where he laid dead in the leaves. It was a double lung hit so I was surprised at the sparse blood trail.
He’s not huge (119#) and not the biggest deer I’ve ever shot but being my first xbow deer, he’s a trophy to me.
Thanks to everyone for tips, and encouragement as I learned about crossbow hunting.
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congrats on a fine buck
 

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1st off congrats on your good tick toter. Okay you got rid of your other Mission, got a Barnett n sent it away. Got your self a Sub-1 Lite. So do you like it ?
Thanks.
Yes, I like the Sub1 lite. Its a little heavier than my MXB Sniper Lite, which I kept (now new limbs) as a back up. I can rope cock the SniperLite but struggle to rope cock the Sub1 lite without the crank, but the crank fits either bow.🙂
I liked everything about the Barnett except the crank. I was really struggling with taking it from the ‘in gear’ position after cocking the bow to the free spool position to take the hooks off the cocked string. The in gear/out of gear latch was near impossible for me to do. Maybe if it had been located near the back of the stock it would have been more do-able. I was not comfortable taking the chance of crocking it in the free spool position (out of gear).
A friend bought the Barnett from me and he took the crank off of. He’s strong enough to rope cocks it.
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ps I love your name for deer…’tick totter’😂
 

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Congrats, nothing like that adrenaline rush!!
Don’t you know it. When we no longer get that buck fever…it’s time to hang it up.
Several yrs ago on an afternoon hunt, while watching a big buck come into a sweetgum/oak hammock during rifle season, I got chest pressure that went up to my neck twice.
Being a nurse I knew this was not good. I climbed down from the stand, drove back to camp, chewed aspirin, and my friends called an ambulance. I spent a week in the hospital after the cath. showed ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ where the left ventricular poops out for a while then after 3-4 months recovers. The Drs thought it was from using to my asthma inhaler(similar to adrenaline) too often at work. Turns out there was mold in the drop ceiling and around the windows at work causing my asthma to act up. That’s why I retired, a little early and don’t regret it now.
I remember both my husband and my Dad saying no more hunting for you.
My response was, I recall y’all saying that at least Dale Earnhardt died doing what he loved.
Needless to say, I’m still hunting and loving every minute being outdoors in God’s sanctuary, and thankful for every day.
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Absolutely Outstanding!!! Congratulations on your first crossbow deer. There truly is nothing like it. As far as a sparse blood trail, that is sometimes the case. You have to look for even a small little droplet of blood, and keep on following. I have had track jobs take more than an hour for a 50 yard track. Patience is truly the key. Sounds like you did a great job all the way around.
Thanks. Patience was truly the key!You are right. I was almost ready to call a fellow for a tracking dog, but decided to hold off and keep looking back at the tiny pieces of toilet paper I put near each small drop of blood and continued on what appeared to be a deer trail. About 90-100 big steps (yards maybe) from where I shot him, there he lay. It took me about 35-40 minutes on the trail.
Finding the deer was a great confidence booster. It was much harder than rifle shot deer blood trails I’ve followed. Our woods are pretty thick in the South so sometimes it’s harder than others to track.
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Congratulations on your first xbow buck. Great job on the recovery with spare blood. Most of the when you make that double lung hit they don't make very far. They some times give it the death run and can cover a lot of ground quickly and not leave much blood for the first few yards.
Nice buck and they'll be some good eating there.
 
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