Video: Hey, I Got One
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- I've been out here since early morning. Rob is in a blind not too far away. There's a lot of sign. Hoping to see something.
- In a perfect world on the 3-D target, you might be able to risk a shot. But we don't risk wounding an animal in the imperfect world of bowhunting. Suppose you tried. Your sight is on when you release. But where does your arrow impact that walking deer by the time it gets there? Oh, not good at all.
- Just a little too far—it's just outside my effective range.
- Bowhunting is about how close you can make an effective shot, not how far you can try to make one. All right. It's within our effective range. Now it's all about waiting for the right angle. Broadside! Yep, that's a great shot. See how this angle gives us a clear view of the vital zone and minimizes our chances of hitting big bones and muscles?
- OK. All right. Just got a good shot. And now I'm going to text Rob to help me track. And then I'm gonna calm down, take a few minutes before I head down.
- This is where he was. It's good first blood. It's been about a half an hour, and I heard him crash. So let's follow the blood trail.
- And remember, be sure to mark the blood trail as you go. It may not be heavy like this one. That way if you lose it, you can come back to where you last marked it and start searching again.
- Oh yeah. Looks like a clean shot. Can't be too far.
- Looks like he stepped in mud. Gotta be right around here.
- Oh, here we go. Blood on both sides of the trail here. He's in here somewhere. Let's see.
- He's got to be right around here. Ha! There it is.
- It's easy to get excited now. But we should consider these pointers. Approach downed game from the rear, stop, watch it, and make sure it's dead. When you're sure, tag it according to regulations. Before field dressing, check your broadhead to see if there may be broken blades inside the animal. If so, proceed with extreme caution. Rubber gloves, a sharp knife, and buddies will help you complete the job.
- Once we get this deer back to the truck, we'll transport it out of view—out of respect for the public—and then we'll take it to a meat processor we know.
- And soon we'll be enjoying the rewards of this hunt around our dinner table. But the memories—those will last forever.