I shot the wrong buck!!!
I'm all done and back home. It was a good hunt. Saw only 5 bucks during the first two days, but then saw 6 or so on day 3 and another half dozen or so bucks on day 4. I killed my buck below around 5 on day 4.
I spotted a buck that appeared to have a real good frame with a couple extras on each side. The extras included inlines. So, I quickly took off running down the mountain. He was about a 1/2 mile or a bit more away. I was hustling because I was afraid he might roll around the mountain and into a thick stand of trees before I got there.
As I made my way, I tried to keep track of the two bucks. The one I was after had been kinda pushing around a 25-inch 4x4.
About halfway to the bucks, I saw that both had bedded. Once within 600 yards, I dumped my pack and some gear to close the gap to 400 or so yards....well, I wanted to get as close as possible.
At about 400 yards, I looked at the bucks and saw the one on the left (they were bedded about 10 yards apart) had an inline. He was giving me a side view. So, that was the buck....right?
I took my time trying to get a good rest. My tripod was not a great rest and there was nothing else there. As I peered through my scope trying to hold the crosshairs steady, I couldn't believe it, everytime my heart would beat, the crosshairs would jump off the buck. I tried deep breathing and really tried to steady it, but it just wasn't happening, so I decided I had to just take the best shot I could..........
I missed the first shot, but the buck had no clue. The deep snow muffled the sound of the bullet hitting the dirt and the sound of the rifle. He only turned his head slightly. I put another round in the barrel and touched another off, and he just dropped.
The other buck, bedded 10 yards away, still remained bedded. After about 60 seconds or so, he looked over at his buddy and saw him about dead with just a few muscle spasms left, then he jumped up and ran down the hill about 20 yards. That's when I realized, the buck that jumped up was the one I ran down the hill for!!!! Ya, I knew then I had just shot the wrong deer.....
The walk over was a long one. I knew the buck I did shoot was a good one with a great inline, but I also knew it wasn't the buck I had seen from the top.
So, there were two bucks with inlines off their G3's together. What are the chances of that?
I don't think the other buck was that much better than the one I killed, but he was better. A little wider and probably a couple extras on each side. Just a wild guess, I think the buck I ran down there for was a 29ish 195ish buck.
I shot the wrong buck! It was a kick in the butt, but sometimes things go perfect, and other times the don't.
The buck I did kill is 26-1/2 inches wide and gross scores 186. Pretty darn nice one.
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