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Postby glenn » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:22 am

I got a call last night, right at dark from my son. He needed, or at least wanted, help finding a doe he had shot.

She was 7 steps from the base of his tree and it was getting late enough he had to shoot, or let her go. She was facing him with her head down eating acorns. Expecting to hit the spine and her fall in her tracks, he was surprised when she ran off with an arrow sticking out almost dead center from between her shoulder blades.

When I got there he had found a couple of specks of blood, but it didn't look promising. I had left the lab at home since we have soooooo many rattlesnakes. We would occasionally find a speck of blood here and there until we lost it all together. That's when we called for the big guns, Callie, our chocolate lab. Of course my wife was not happy about having to get out at 8:30 to bring her to us, but she'll do pretty much anything for her little boy (24 and a long ways from being little).

We decided to continue looking while they were on the way out. He found a scuff mark in the dirt where a deer had gone through and decided that was her. Finally there was another speck of blood, so we continued in that direction. We had found enough evidence she had run through limbs when there was an easier way to travel that it was not much doubt she was was on a death run.

Continuing on, more scuff marks, but no blood. We found where she had broken a dead limb off, at least we were hoping it was her since there was no blood. Are you getting the idea we had little to go on and were grasping for straws? If so you are right. Again, he said here's another limb I think she broke. Here's blood too! actual blood, not specks. Could it be so?

Another 5 yards ahead more blood, then good blood, then lots of blood. Hey this was looking promising. Then nothing! The blood trail ended! Oh, and there was a nice fat 90 pound doe laying where it ended. The last limb she had broken was one she ran under. The arrow sticking up from between her shoulders had apparently caught it and that made the blood flow.

A quick phone call that we didn't need the dog after all was a little too late. They were already pulling into the camp, but they turned around and headed home without giving us any grief.

That's the first of what I hope is many recovery operations for us this year. Hopefully, they will all have as good an ending as this one did. And by the way, the 2 blade rage missed the spine about 1/4 inch to the right. It went in perfectly parallel to the spine. A 3 blade would have dropped her in her tracks. Good luck to you all!
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby e_smith06 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:35 am

Awesome story
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby BIGERN76 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:37 am

Good job on the recovery and congrats to him on his doe!
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby brewer03 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:58 pm

:ylsuper: :ylsuper: :ylsuper: love these stories this time of year
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby huntall » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:58 pm

Nice ! Congrats
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby saddaddykiller » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:12 pm

congrats
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby terry08 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:49 pm

Congrats, Great story.
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby LazyGhost » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:35 pm

Great story. Its always fun tracking one with friends or family. In your case, double the fun.
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby dustygoodson » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:18 pm

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Re: 7 Steps

Postby LadyHunter » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:46 pm

Great story !! Congrats!! :2TU: :2TU:
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby jv » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:11 pm

Great story and glad y'all found the deer
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby glenn » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:23 am

Thanks' everyone. As much as I love to kill deer, I enjoy it more when he kills one. He has grown up to be an excellent hunter and tracker, but it makes me feel good when he acts like he needs my help. For the most part, I'm there for moral support and to hold the light. He does almost all of the work.
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Re: 7 Steps

Postby bullfrogg3 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:39 am

Great story with a happy ending. Way to hang in there and not give up when the blood trail gets cold.
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