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“I didn’t do my part very well,” said bowhunter Paul Lawver following what he knew was a poor shot on a nice buck.
Paul knew there was a nice 10-pointer in the Cecil County woods where he hunted. He had seen it on his game camera.
The video starts on the morning of his fourth attempt to harvest the buck. It was 9:10 am, and Paul was about to pack it in——when he saw the buck foraging in the brush below.
At the 7:30 mark in the video, the buck saunters into range, and Paul takes the 25-yard shot. He knew right away that it was a poor attempt.
Check it out:
He knew he hit the buck in the hind quarters, which could result in a very slow, very painful death for the animal.
He waits a bit, then gets out of the stand to look for blood.
To his surprise, there’s plenty of blood. He picks up the trail almost immediately. He finds the buck——dead——just 35 yards away.
Turns out he connected with the femoral artery.
“I did not expect to see him sitting here like this,” Paul says, shocked. “I figured I had a long day waiting to track this guy.”
Thankfully, the buck died quickly and painlessly. A bad shot turned into a clean kill.
To all you Guide Outdoors readers: have you ever gotten lucky on a bad shot? Did you regret taking the shot?