Worst Shot Ever..

EJ Swanny

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Hey guy/gals...to alleviate this winter's boredom(unless you water-fowl), I'll start..I have made some amazing shots, and some miserable ones. Let's hear some epic failures...I'll start...

Opening day, watched a legal buck for about 5 minutes, decided to take it.. 50 yds broadside, I was sitting, rock solid foundation...boom...nada...WOW, now that's a crappy shot

Next year....confronted a nice buck (it was a stare down), I''m sure most of you have been there, Probably 40 yds, looking right at me, I was aiming at the white patch on its neck (whitetail). Then I forgot if my safety was on or off, used my thumb to double check, he saw the motion..took off..bye-bye.

Yeah-Yeah, practice, practice, practice, I get it, it could only help. But it's hard to replicate the excitement you feel, with adrenaline pumping, when on an animal you're about to shoot....

When you miss, or do a dumb thing, it's the worst feeling, but then you realize, the prize is being out there, being with friends and family, enjoying our beautiful PNW......as long as I can be hunting with family and friends, missing is just a small price to pay...be safe out there guys, and let's hear some of your best/worst misses...
 
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Wild Bill

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I spend hours and hours of practice time behind my rifles at the bench and in field positions developing muscle memory before the season ever starts. I highly recommend it. It doesn’t always have to be with your hunting rifle either. Sending lead down range for effect with a 223 or a 22 lr helps to stay sharp and is very affordable. Going to the range once or twice or never before season and then expecting great results afield is asking a lot.
 

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Missed 2 different does this year shooting off shooting sticks sitting in my blind. 80 yards standing broadside during muzzleloader season. Whitetail does dont get the blood pumping. Cant explain it. Only deer I took was with an offhand quick shot at a moving deer. Go figure.
 

MJB

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I haven't had buck fever in a long time

But I did see a buddy miss two chip shots due to a loose scope mount.

This year another buddy didn't adjust his eye relief from bench shooting and missed 3 but got 1 that he hobbled.
 

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A 6 ounce blast of Old Mr Boston tequila out of a plastic cup after drinking about 17 draft Buds at a college dorm party. I have very clear memories of the inside of a toilet bowl about 4 hours later but nothing in between.
Carry on.
 
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Wild Bill

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Flaming shot of Bacardi 151 about 35 years ago. Singed half my stache off and burned my throat something fierce. On New Years no less. Good times.
 
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Flaming shot of Bacardi 151 about 35 years ago. Singed half my stache off and burned my throat something fierce. On New Years no less. Good times.
Fed the same to my brother one night at a bar, when he touched the edge of the glass with his lip the burn made him jump. Lit his whole face on fire.
Laughed my ass off.

served him right for kicking my ass so many times growing up. Older brothers can suck at times but sometimes retaliation is a bitch.

Ducker!
 

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I dont want to talk about it. :)

I miseed 17 different deer in one day during hunting season this year. No shots were over 100 yads. I figured out after sending the scope back in to leupold that te crosshairs were broken. Im glad I didnt would or injure anything. I ended up using a friends rifle who admitted later that he dropped my rifle case before the hunt and didnt inform me.
 
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I was hunting mule deer for the first time, and in my head, I knew that any shot would be over 200 yards, closer to 3--so I held high when I shot at this buck that was probably closer to 50 yards. Over his back, TWICE. Then to find out that my rifle was another 6-10" high AND right at that range.....

But at least I didn't wound him.
 
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My friend owns a ranch in Texas, and my son and I go every year for the opener. Its a pretty nice size 1000 acer ranch with low fences. I'm not into shooting from a blind under a feeder, so I have my own area that they call the Californian Blind. Its a tall Blind, but the feeder has been dead for years, and really was never a good area to hunt even when the feeder was working.

I take this blind every year, as it does have a some great tree lines, and fence line the has a ranch road that runs along the back of the tree lines. It also has a gate, that gives a nice opening where i have seen many Deer come behind the tree line, and hop the the fence. Once the deer enter the gate area, they can either continue across, in to another large tree line that is deep, and works it way toward the old feeder that is in in the open area. Behind me is also open areas, with groups of trees, and tree lines and large oaks. The deer that come from the tree line gate area normally will hug the tree line, but at times, cross the open area.

The tree line is about 200-250 yards in the front, and about 100 yards behind, and the old feeder is about 125.

This morning, I was sitting there, not really expecting to see much. Maybe some doe. Not to my surprise, four doe come from behind the tree line, and cross to the next tree line.

I'm watching and not to excited. Then suddenly, a nice buck jumps the gate, and walking toward the tree line. I grab my bino's, as this buck has a decent spread.....HOLY SHIT...its an easy 10 pointer, and WIDE, maybe bigger then 10 points, but I can't tell for sure. But I'm thinking, this is one of the nicest bucks I have seen on the ranch , and possibly, the biggest ever.

Buck fever really starts to set in big time. Instead of waiting for it to continue moving, so I can get a better angle from the blind, I choose to take a shot, but I'm positioned in the blind in a awkward way. Kind of off balance. And I never tried to stop the deer from walking. I had a good broadside shot, but I'm shooting at a moving target, and my shooting position is uncomfortable....and its at least a 200 yard shot.

BANG. I fire of my round, and I see the poof of dirt five feet in front of the buck. The buck freezes, and has no idea where the shot came from. Cool....more buck fever is kicking in. I try and chamber another round, but it feels like the round is jamming. I fiddle with it, but IMO, its just way to stiff, and doesn't seem right. This trip I borrowed my buddies rifle because of the headache I had the year before with checking in the gun at the airport. So I wasn't totally familiar with the rifle I was shooting. By the time I got the round chambered, I had spooked the buck and it took off. I could have tried for a hell marry shot, as the deer was directly in front of me now, and I had much better and more controlled shot, but the bucks body position was not right for a ethical shot......I will never forget that deer. I have not taken another shot at a deer since that day, because i have never seen one bigger.
 

EJ Swanny

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95% of us "tense up" when seeing a nice buck or any buck....."non-clinical" term, buck-fever. My uncle tells a story about ejecting every round in his rifle when confronted with his first buck (a spike). No shame in it.....it manifests itself in many different ways...
 

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At least you all shot! I put my 15 year old nephew on a dandy muley buck this year. Easy 125 yard shot. I watched the damn bruiser stand up out of his bed and almost crapped my pants. Even with the naked eye I could tell he was one of the biggest I've ever seen and I'm carrying a 16ga SxS ! Sean doesn't see him until he starts walking, then he craps his pants :-) I say SHOOT!!!!!! His Remington's muzzle is doing wobbly circles as he aims, and aims and aims.......until finally he says I don't think I can hit him. Well, FUCK!!!!!! I just stuck out my hand. He instantly handed me the gun. I saw that bucks wide, wide ass take one step into a fold along the ridge top and he was gone to live another day. That was Sean's last day in camp. Driving him to meet his mom, the boys dad and gramps kept up a constant refrain, When Uncle Dan says 'shoot' you SHOOT!!! :-)
 

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I spend hours and hours of practice time behind my rifles at the bench and in field positions developing muscle memory before the season ever starts. I highly recommend it. It doesn’t always have to be with your hunting rifle either. Sending lead down range for effect with a 223 or a 22 lr helps to stay sharp and is very affordable. Going to the range once or twice or never before season and then expecting great results afield is asking a lot.
Please send link to affordable .223. Thanks.

:D
 
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What do you consider affordable? Good reloadable brass cased 223 ammo can be had for .30 cents a round. If you don’t care about reloading, steel cased can be had for even less. My current favorite for low cost practice is a 7.62x39 AR I built. It will put 5 shots in an inch at 100 yds with wolf military classic steel cased ammo that costs .19 cents a round.
 
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I dont want to talk about it. :)

I miseed 17 different deer in one day during hunting season this year. No shots were over 100 yads. I figured out after sending the scope back in to leupold that te crosshairs were broken. Im glad I didnt would or injure anything. I ended up using a friends rifle who admitted later that he dropped my rifle case before the hunt and didnt inform me.

why didnt you check your zero after missing a couple times?
 
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why didnt you check your zero after missing a couple times?
We did. Left to right was perfect. the height kept changing after every shot..
 

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If we don’t get excited when we see animals, especially legal ones, then we should should probably not be hunting anymore! You might as well just raise a beef or pig and butcher it, that excitement and adrenaline is what keeps me hunting this stupid state ( not a big fan of a game department that introduces more predators than there are game animals). I do farm kills for a living and still get nervous when I’m shooting an animal, add that to hunting hard and spending days afield and then finally seeing that legal animal..... OH, YA!!
 

EJ Swanny

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If we don’t get excited when we see animals, especially legal ones, then we should should probably not be hunting anymore! You might as well just raise a beef or pig and butcher it, that excitement and adrenaline is what keeps me hunting this stupid state ( not a big fan of a game department that introduces more predators than there are game animals). I do farm kills for a living and still get nervous when I’m shooting an animal, add that to hunting hard and spending days afield and then finally seeing that legal animal..... OH, YA!!
I hear you there. For me, doesn't matter if I have a barely legal in the cross-hairs or 200+ B&C trophy. I'm still shaking like a hound dog shitting carpet tacks. Some say....the more you shoot at ranges, the less excited you get..I tend to disagree...I get no "rush" shooting paper on a bench..paper has no life....I think I get nervous, because I want to make a "clean" kill, no suffering. I go through my 1,2,3's...rest, breathing, trigger pull.....just something about hunting, not shooting...
 
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I missed a Grizzly bear at 25 yards with my bow a lot of years ago while chasing Caribou, I still get sick thinking about it. I saw it off in the distance and called it with a predator call right to me from 300 yards, now the stupid part - on open tundra with only a small ditch to hide for cover with only a bow in hand. He closed the distance to me rather quickly. He then appeared at about 25yards, started smelling and then stood up facing me. I pulled back, got the sight pin aligned, released the arrow into a believed "death spot". Or so I thought - the predator call I was using got hit by my string during release and pushed the arrow 6" or so of my target area, hitting the only sapling in the entire area, a couple feet from where the sweet blonde Griz stood. Damn thing dropped to all fours started shaking his head back and forth, I think I tried to nock another arrow, but it dropped into a ravine and disappeared like a ghost. After several minutes of damn near shitting myself, and cussing like a drunken sailor, I went to where he was and found the arrow stuck perfectly in the ONLY sapling within 20 miles! So three lessons learned: #1 always remove predator call from mouth - as my front upper teeth got caught by the lip of the call and were loose for a couple weeks after; #2 or buy a predator call without a lip on the edge of it; #3 or don't do stupid shit like this again; #4 - never hunt with Frank again!, my back up rifle guy. He was still messing around about 200 yards away when everything went down, instead of being near me - like we agreed for the him to take it, if I missed or wasn't able to take a shot. It was a long quiet 16hr drive back to Anchorage from north of the Arctic Circle on the Haul Road... Oh, I don't archery hunt either anymore...
 

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I missed a Grizzly bear at 25 yards with my bow a lot of years ago while chasing Caribou, I still get sick thinking about it. I saw it off in the distance and called it with a predator call right to me from 300 yards, now the stupid part - on open tundra with only a small ditch to hide for cover with only a bow in hand. He closed the distance to me rather quickly. He then appeared at about 25yards, started smelling and then stood up facing me. I pulled back, got the sight pin aligned, released the arrow into a believed "death spot". Or so I thought - the predator call I was using got hit by my string during release and pushed the arrow 6" or so of my target area, hitting the only sapling in the entire area, a couple feet from where the sweet blonde Griz stood. Damn thing dropped to all fours started shaking his head back and forth, I think I tried to nock another arrow, but it dropped into a ravine and disappeared like a ghost. After several minutes of damn near shitting myself, and cussing like a drunken sailor, I went to where he was and found the arrow stuck perfectly in the ONLY sapling within 20 miles! So three lessons learned: #1 always remove predator call from mouth - as my front upper teeth got caught by the lip of the call and were loose for a couple weeks after; #2 or buy a predator call without a lip on the edge of it; #3 or don't do stupid shit like this again; #4 - never hunt with Frank again!, my back up rifle guy. He was still messing around about 200 yards away when everything went down, instead of being near me - like we agreed for the him to take it, if I missed or wasn't able to take a shot. It was a long quiet 16hr drive back to Anchorage from north of the Arctic Circle on the Haul Road... Oh, I don't archery hunt either anymore...
As Frank tells the story, "And that dumb SOB said, Hey, let's use a predator call to see if we can get a grizzly within archery range. And I says, why don't we go to Haiti and get us a couple of hookers when we are done. Last time I ever hunted with that guy!"
 

Cohoho

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Frank also washed his hair in our shit bucket by accident! lol And walked through a thigh deep creek to start the hike out, instead of waiting for us to throw the waders over. He stated I'm an retired Army Ranger, we don't utilize waders! Ten miles later he had "BIG" feet trouble! Frank is still my buddy that I talk to every now and then, this story is always is our topic... That and some other dumb shit we've done..
 
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