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    Quote Originally Posted by booblinker View Post
    Fawk. Thought I got a good shot on a doe tonight. Arrow was sticking out a decent amount. I looked for about an hour and a half on the path I watched it go and couldn't find a drop of blood. Guess my nerves got me and I shouldered it.
    Sorry to hear that man. Can you use lighted Nocs in Michigan (helps determine if good arrow placement-some states don't allow them). Crossbows are legal for all hunters in Indiana and I use exclusively now in archery season. If too high, the bolt is going to go thru the shoulder (may get stuck in the other side but at least the broadhead goes thru). When I got the buck (42 paces from bottom of ladder stand), made great hit behind the elbow, got lungs, sliced heart and cut the aorta and stuck in the off side shoulder. Blood trail stared exactly 6ft from where I hit the deer (pouring blood as if out of a bucket)-laying 50 yards or so from where he got hit. It is amazing how far these animals can run after a mortal wound... 3 years ago on opening evening of archery season (Oct 1), I shot a decent 9 point buck, buck was closer than I thought and hit a little high but I knew it was mortally wounded. Waited 30 minutes before tracking, found a good blood trail and followed for about 100 yards then nothing- no blood, no nothing. It was dark and after 2 hours of searching gave up looking. The next day at work I thought about the buck constantly and thought-maybe he u turned and tried to go the way he had originally came out of the woods. When I shot him he headed directly west and went down a holler and up the next hill. After I got home from work, I went walking down the trail he came from (North of my stand) and finally found him dead, about 150 yards from my stand. He had traveled at least 400 yards after shooting him (with double lung hit) and he had made a big loop. Unfortunately, it was very warm and the flies had already laid eggs. I saw why the blood trail stopped-he was a big fat deer and fat and closed both the entrance and exit wounds. I cut off the head (I wanted the antlers) and went online and checked him in (in Indiana, only one Antlered deer per year is allowed-so he was my buck for the year). Luckily, I got 2 does for the freezer a couple of weeks later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nofear2trek View Post
    It was top 20’s and then bottom 30’s, with an occasional breeze until this antlerless buck decided to cross my path. Ten yards away, he stopped and looked up straight at me in the tree stand as I was pointing my crosshairs down at him. Well, we need to fill the freezer, so bang, flop. Already gutted and second buck hanging in camp on opening day this morning.

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    I got 2 of those antlerless bucks last year. Thought they were does but since they had no buttons and we cant check the plumbing before we shoot. The first one had a bad momma; momma and little one came out of the woods, but momma stayed back while sonny was browsing. Momma never came any closer while sonny was getting closer and closer- he was at 20 yards (I have a 20 yard little orange flag stuck in the ground and he was eating the grass around it), straight on with head down. Not the normal shot I take but I know my crossbow is set to hit the 10 ring at 20 yards. Nailed him between the shoulder blades and bolt came out the bottom of his chest. That little guy ran almost 100 yards before dropping with a water tap turned on with blood pouring out. Momma took off like a lightening bolt and never stopped and never called for her little boy-bad momma.
    Ray, what gun is that? Is it a Marlin 30-30?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc83 View Post
    Ray, what gun is that? Is it a Marlin 30-30?
    That rifle is my ole favorite hunting rifle, a Marlin 1895 XLR .45/70 that has been customized by taking 3” off (24” to 21”, 39” OA Length) the barrel, an extended magazine tube (from 4 to 6+1), and an engraved receiver from a TALO Whitetail Special 1895 GST .45/70. This rifle is getting new Monte Carlo walnut wood stocks after this trip.

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    Leftover parts from the XLR and TALO get made into a brush gun with a recoil/muzzle brake on the shortened 16” barrel and this stock on it.

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