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Congrats Burky! You are one of many talents and have shared the results of many of them. Now, you have revealed you are quite an author...Thanks for sharing!
 
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I am going to try and keep this short .
After a week of rain and wind , i woke up fri morn to snow on the ground and cold , like 29 degrees out .
As the day went on at work i noticed the wind letting up and the temps staying around 38 .
i thought i better get in a tree stand .

Well at 4:45 i was seated in one of my better spots , 5:45 a doe and fawn come in and they were very hungry and early to the party ,so i watched them for about 1 hr feeding ,all of a sudden the fawn caught movement in the woods .
sure enough a decent 8 point average buck for the U.P was coming in .
after a few minutes decided to take this deer .i watched him for about 5 min then he offered me a shot that to me was like here it is ,lol.
He was quartering away slightly and he had his head bent back around and eating at the opposite side of entry .
His position actually had his chest rolled out right at me , i ranged him just prior and he was at 37 yds .
i lined up and let the string go , watched the arrow hit the deer through the scope and saw what i thought was a little high and back .

He took off out of there like a shot from a gun , i watched his death run for about 50 yds , so i got out of my brush blind after about 1 hr , meanwhile watching more deer come in and feed .
I finally decided to sneak out and start tracking this deer at where i thought he was going , i did not go look for my arrow i just left my spot as i did not want to go stink it up just yet .

well i found blood right away where he left the lain and entered the woods , at this point a semi blind guy cold follow him through the tag alders and swmp , i though he won't be to far !!
Famous last words , this deer bled like a stuck pig for 150 yds as he stopped and bled i noticed there was air bubbles in the blood , to me immediately i thought lung blood , but the weird thing is he was only bleeding on the entrance side .
i went another 50 yds and at this point the blood trail is starting to thin out and he is walking now .
O crap i must have only got one lung , how could that be i saw the hit should have been a double lung , but the blood trail only being on one side was stuck in my mind as i went along , i tracked him another 100 yds and he wound up at a dirt road crossing , at this point my battery was dead from hyper mode on my thrunite head klamp , so i walked back to camp to get more juice ,lol.

I drove my truck over to where he crossed the road and started looking on the other side for blood , now this trail crossing the road is like a cattle crossing , so to me he had to go this way , as they cross and go through the ditch the trail goes into a tall grass field with tag alter thickets .
well i searched every trail that branched from the main crossing trail and no blood no where , at this time i was getting tired from wandering around in the dark and decided to call it a night , this was at 11:15 .

I got back over to look at about 8:00 am and drove to the crossing and parked , went back to my last blood where he come out of the ditch and to my surprise he actually turned and walked down the road towards the highway 2 tenths of a mile from where he came out , so i followed him and all of a sudden no more tracks , i decided he in no way would cross back into the ditch so i angled across the road and sure enough i found his tracks ,now this is crazy he actually angled across the road into a drive way to a propane filling plant that is mowed grass , i confirmed it with one drop of blood froze in the frost .that was the only blood i could fine , after searching the obvious route's he would take , i found no blood .

Ok where did you go ,lol.on a hunch i decided to go look in some sand that was in a straight line from his entry to the plant yard 60 yds from last blood and i picked his track up again tracked him by some junk piles and into a pople thicket , bingo blood on the small tree that had wiped off of his side and some drips in the yellow leaves .
this was at 9:30 , i know 1.5 hrs for 80 yds , i never give up !!!
just then i heard something run off but did not see what it was and the sound was not like a deer running off , so i wandered around trying to figure out where he would have went i all of a sudden found real good blood again to the point i could track just walking along . i followed it to where he laid down , Guess what the sound i herd was him bolting as i kicked him up . took me another 45 min to figure which direction he went as there was no blood , only his tracks as he dug into the leaves and forest floor , finally found after he ran 40 yds started to bleed again but only when he would land from a bound . i found my self searching for his next landing and just happened to look ahead down a open straight stretch in the direction he was going and there he was .

I was like hallelujah . this was at 11:15 about 2 hrs after i kicked him up . 600 yds from where i shot him

I guess what i am getting at here is , i saw the sign in the blood , how he bled , where he was going as far as switching directions ,and the thought of i was the one who made him bleed i am the one that needs to find him . Most of the hunters i know , would have said , you did not hit him good enough .
Never give up folks !!!!!

What i found is yes i did hit him a little back and high got one lung , but the arrow deflected high up and through the opposite side very front back strap . not to sure if i like a swing blade broadhead right now , but the TG put a big enough slice in him to give me the blood trail i had . so i am not switching heads , only try for better shot placement !!!

Not the biggest buck but this is average for here in the U.P . he will eat very well !!!!!!
O and i shot this deer with my silver custom ,a first for that bow in my hands !!

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Congrats on a nice buck,Tim....
 

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Great deer, Great story..
 
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Burky, nice effort on finding that buck👍🏻.

Finding arrowed deer can be a tricky situation. Years ago I had 2 friends pull up in my yard during bow season. They asked me if I would go back with them to help look for a deer one of them had shot and they could not find it. I went with them and when we got there they showed me where the deer was standing when the arrow hit him and which way he ran after being hit. This was back in the 80’s and they were shooting 50# compounds. There were only a couple drops of blood on the leaves in the first 30 yards From where the deer was hit. He ran through a narrow opening in a small thicket and out into into the wide open oaks....or so they thought. They had covered hundreds of yards in that general direction and found nothing. So I went back to where the deer was hit and followed the few drops of blood back to the little opening through that tiny little thicket. I stopped there and asked them had they searched the little thicket? I could not believe it but they had not!! I fought my way through about 10 yards of briars and thick brush before almost stepping on the deer🙄. They had walked by that dead deer numerous times that day without even considering it might be lying there right under their noses.
 

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Congrats Tim I'm glad you found him, you may have bumped him several times during the night looking for him causing him to go a further than normal. The main thing is you didn't give it and found your buck congrats to you my friend on a nice buck.
 

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Perseverance is a plus. An excellent object lesson for those of us who have not yet perfected those skills and resort to "calling out the dogs" to quickly. Congratulations, Tim. Well done.
 

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Thanks to all for the kind words .
I just new by the amount of blood this deer dumped in the first 100 yds , he was going to expire and seeing i was the one who made him bleed i had to see it through with a deer being drug out of the woods .
Thanks again folks !!!!
 

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Good work Burky.
Congrats on a job well done and thanks for sharing with us!
 
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