I've been on hand for somewhere between 175-200 kills over the years. Never have I seen a deer bronco kick that wasn't hit. Can't imagine it ever occurring, as the kick is a physiological response to being hit, but if it does occur on a miss, it's an incredibly rare occurrence.View attachment 608909 Ckosal, don't feel alone, had to chuckle reading your post. At 9:00 a decent buck walked from left to right, and couldn't stop him. I followed him and squeezed a shot on his shoulder. He did the "bronco kick" also and ran. After looking for blood and not finding any, I found this tree on my way back to blind. Dead center. First miss in years. Ouch..Hope to see Lucky again tomorrow. Good luck all.
An hour sniffin for clues of a hit.....With no indication of such...Reduces some question.Diagnosed with buck fever
Great morning in thumb. I went to my deepest blind this morning. Good wind and late season. Bedding around me.
At 730 just getting light enough to see 50+ yards I look to my left and I see my 1 and only target buck getting up from his bed. Totally shocked me.
My sliders were still closed. Range finder in pocket, cob webs in my eyes. As I readied myself and grabbed my glass to confirm it was him he started walking away. He picked up a run about 65 yards that angles away from me and essentially crescent moons my blind.
I grabbed my .450. Heart pounding and tried to find him in each of the 4 small shooting windows/lanes I created. I couldn’t get him clear until the last one. He stopped for one second. At 93 yards.
I squeezed. I think a perfect MISS. I either hit a twig or jerked it or something. He did a bronco jump. I thought I hit him. But do not see any hair or blood after a two hour wait and then a one hour search. Damn!!!
Still a great sit. I saw two other nice bucks. In the brush. I couldn’t shoot as I only have a single tag left.
Out here for an all day sit. Hope he comes back to see what the commotion was. I think I caught a glimpse of him and hour after I shot.
Totally a buck fever miss. I was planning to sit in this spot to take a doe. I had no pics of him here. Was totally shocked and unprepared. Then the race of my adrenaline and time made me rush. I knew my last chance was that last window and I tried to make it happen when I should of just let him walk.
Now I have the hornady debate pounding in my brain. Did I hit him and there is no blood at the point of the shot? Ugh.
Otherwise a good sit. At least two maybe 3 8 pts or better and two spikes. Also have seen about 15 does and fawns.
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View attachment 608903 This season just gets better & better! Daughter & boyfriend came up to hunt & after pulling me aside to ask my permission, my daughters long time boyfriend asked for her hand in marriage! Now she & I are in the blind together & we’ll never see any deer cause we’re giggling like schoolgirls & I have an ear to ear grin going! Lol
No upper peninsula hunting for you this year?This has been a very quiet season so far. I know people are hunting in the area but I've only heard one shot fired from quite a ways off. Either the bucks are alive and hiding or they've been pushed away. Anyway if one shows up he's got me to deal with. So far this morning a small group went into these pines probably to bed.
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Great pic! Congratulations to your family.View attachment 608903 This season just gets better & better! Daughter & boyfriend came up to hunt & after pulling me aside to ask my permission, my daughters long time boyfriend asked for her hand in marriage! Now she & I are in the blind together & we’ll never see any deer cause we’re giggling like schoolgirls & I have an ear to ear grin going! Lol
My wife has an impaired immune system and with Covid I felt I should stay home rather than take a chance of getting exposed and possibly bringing it home to her. I'm still considering going for muzzleloader season but we'll see.No upper peninsula hunting for you this year?
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I perceive a deer leaping a moment after the shot as being much different than a back leg kick. Back leg kick would be all the evidence I need of a hit - would look far and wide regardless of whether or not I ever found blood. What you're describing in terms of the reaction is less clear but your track record of accuracy over 40 years would lead to me to guess that a miss is unlikely.I just did another 30 min walk. No trace. He was at the far edge of thick stuff i had cut, hinged. Further past was that park like setting like area. He ran that way.
I did circles about 20-30 yards past shot. Not a speck.
Self doubts absolutely there. But also complete shock and disbelief of a clear miss. A bad shot occasionally happens. But I only remember one complete miss in my 40 years of doing this. I am not perfect but I sure normally have more poise than I showed this am.
All of the range time. The previous deer. If I miss normally it is a loose group like miss versus a complete target miss. Deflection might be the only answer?
One note. The reaction I saw for my shot was the delay for 1 second and then the leap. Not a bronco kick. Mine was more like that shoulder hit reaction like he was trying to leap but froze for a second to process what he felt. It looked like a hit. But it wasn’t a hit where he was clearly reacting to a projectile in his bread basket.
Maybe that is more doubt. I don’t know. I sure wish I had the camera running. This is my one blind I don’t normally run the cam.
Might let it go today and grid search tomorrow after we are done with morning hunt?
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