I quit

Discussion in 'All About Hunting and Fishing' started by 2012gt, Nov 12, 2017 at 6:46 PM.

  1. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    I made it back to the woods today. Start walking to my spot and notice my cousins truck parked right where the deer like to cross. Great. I think about it a few minutes and decide to just hide in some tall grass off a secondary trail with the thought being any deer wanting to cross will use it instead to avoid his truck. I'm not even there an hour when I hear a deer get up not even 20 yards behind me. When I see him my heart about jumps out of my chest. Big 8 pointer, huge body. He looks dead at me, sniffs and just keeps doing his thing. I wait til he's in a clear spot thru the grass and shoot. Smoke fills the air and I can't see a damn thing. No worries, he's on the ground. 20 yard shot, 295gr sabot, he's not going anywhere. He wasn't there. No blood, no hair, nothing. I can't believe it. I start looking and keep looking for 2hrs. This is 2 cupcake misses. This one makes no sense. 20 yards. 20 f*ckin yards. I quit. I don't deserve to hunt if I can't hit at 20. This has shaken my confidence to the point I feel depressed about my abilities. I'm done for this season, maybe longer.
    rowiebowie likes this.
  2. greg_r

    greg_r Lifetime Supporter

    Lalala.... :(.....buck fever......:confused:......happens to all of us. Hard to not let it shake your confidence....especially if it's the biggest buck you ever saw...but don't let it depress you.

    I tag out every year. Of course my hunting is not really hunting, more like shooting. An advantage of having a family farm. But if I ever lose the excitement of the hunt....or the sadness of the kill. That's when I will quit.
    yworrydog and rowiebowie like this.

  3. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, I got nothin' on this one. Buck fever or something. You putting a projectile in the rifle? Sights off? Flinching? Closing your eyes before you pull the trigger?
    rowiebowie likes this.
  4. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    I was going to tease him about no bullet.
    Dane and rowiebowie like this.
  5. rowiebowie

    rowiebowie Supporting Member

    And then you woke up from your bad dream?
  6. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    The hunter's version of the naked at school dream is the 20 yard miss dream.
  7. Dane

    Dane + unkown number of likes Supporting Member

    That was my thought an empty sabot.
    rowiebowie likes this.
  8. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

    Ha Ha. You shot at a mirage. Did you even hit the branches or just the shadow & leaves you thought were its head?
  9. huckleberg

    huckleberg Member

    your subconscious mind does not want you to kill anything. it wants you to turn Vegan!
    rowiebowie likes this.
  10. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    I don't even know at this point. The 100 yard one was bad. 20 is just pathetic. Gun was test fired after the first miss and hit a 3" circle at 50. Can't blame it on the scope. This thing got close enough to me at one point I literally could've reached out and touched him. Maybe I should've shot then, hell I probably would've still missed.
    shaner and rowiebowie like this.
  11. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    Yea at least grass can't run away
    eldarbeast likes this.
  12. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    I debated if I'm losing my mind and seeing sht. That would be less embarrassing
    Dad_Roman and rowiebowie like this.
  13. You would do better with a 4095:p wait for rifle season. Tell your cousin he's a dumbass and to park elsewhere.
    rowiebowie likes this.
  14. SavageGuy

    SavageGuy Supporting Member

    Well I don't know what to say except that sucks
  15. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    Him parking there is what pushed that deer by me. My plan worked up until the crap shot. More than likely that buck laid there and watched him drive by and walk across the field. I have 15 years of experience on him so I've learned that it's better to park away from the animals and walk the extra 500 yards. His laziness should've cost him the buck he's been chasing. He'll learn in another decade.
    Merle likes this.
  16. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    And somebody tell me if I'm wrong but at 20 yards theres a ton of energy, enough a hit would've knocked that thing on its ass, right? At least temporarily. 295gr bullet, 150gr pelletized powder. Over 2600lbs of energy at the muzzle?
  17. Dane

    Dane + unkown number of likes Supporting Member

    I am not an expert , but I just don't see it would have enough blast wave to knock something down without hitting it. ;)
    SavageGuy and ajole like this.
  18. 2012gt

    2012gt Well-Known Member

    Obviously not. :rolleyes: Everything in me knows I missed. (Big bullet, ton of energy, close range, he'd been pouring blood. The hydrostatic shock alone would be devastating) I just don't want to believe it.
  19. That buck transferred to a different dimension.
  20. Dane

    Dane + unkown number of likes Supporting Member

    Well contrary to this threads title, Don't quit! Get out there and try again.
    Merle likes this.