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The highs and lows of bow hunting!!

October 27, 2015
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I had a chance recently to go to the woods with a buddy who has trained his dog to blood trail wounded deer. After only 30 minutes the dog found the guys deer in a cedar thicket, bedded above a pond. ┬áThe deer bolted from his bed, but did not go far. John was able to get around to put another arrow in the deer, not sure of the hit we waited a few minutes before picking up the blood trail again as John was anxious to put his hands on a deer he had spent so much time studying and patterning. He had lost deer before, as many of us have, and was not intending to let this one get away from him. Milo and his handler Peyton and I tried to back out after the first encounter, but John insisted…the blood was good and John saw the direction the deer had gone, so I took the lead and Peyton held Milo back so as not to push the deer any harder. I spotted the buck bedded about 40 yards ahead of us, and there was no good angle for another shot without getting closer. I turned the camera on to capture the encounter….the end result was a recovered deer, but the moments that led to it could have changed the outcome entirely. The old adage of when in doubt back out should speak volumes to many bow hunters….and in this case, we knew the shot was not good, and even 5hours from the initial shot was too soon to start tracking, as evident from the moment we found and jumped the deer! I made a decision to leave after the deer bolted in this video, it was what I had to do. I could not push this deer any further…in the time that it took for John to get me back to my truck and then back around to pick up the trail with Milo and Peyton, this deer expired…it was almost 2 hours later. Big deer are incredibly resilient and wary creatures. I am happy for John that he was able to recover his deer, and I am amazed at the tracking job that Milo and Peyton did on the little bit of blood that was there for a while. The total tracking job was just under 2 miles, and Milo stuck with it! Congrats to Milo, his handler Peyton, and to John for his deer!

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