Pennsylvania Game News - December 2015 - 52

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Shots Not Taken

EADERS who follow my articles know I keep a detailed hunting journal. I
have since I started hunting 40 years or so ago. Those journal entries of every
hunt I participated in bring back a lot of good memories, including those of bucks
not taken. But if circumstances had been different, they might have been. I've taken
my share of bucks over the years, and even more does, and they're fond memories.
But those that got away also are memorable. Here are some of my journal entries
of buck encounters where my tags could have been punched but weren't.

11/26/90 - Deep Valley, Greene Co. - Active opening-day morning. Saw 11 does and a 6-point buck. Cartridge
misfired (found out later that the firing-pin spring in the 7mm-08 bolt-action went bad).
11/26/94 - Kent Co., Md. - Ten minutes before legal hunting time had the biggest buck I had ever seen, at
least a 140-class, right under tree stand before it entered a standing cornfield. Figured another hunter would
chase it back out, but never saw another deer the rest of the day.
9/30/00 - York Co. - Had a gimme shot at the 4-point I had seen all summer, but passed, hoping for a chance at
the big 8-point that had been spotted cleaning his antlers in the thicket by the house on the 12th of the month. Ed
[neighbor down the road] later said the trophy buck had been taken on a farm down the road that same morning.
11/26/01 - Spraggs, Greene Co. - Hunting buddy Dave brought his 15-year-old nephew on his first deer
hunt. Dave took a shot at a nice buck on the far side of a big meadow, so he brought the youngster over to my
stand while he went to see if he had hit the buck. Twenty minutes later spotted a "basket-rack" 8-point buck
sneaking through the brushy ravine below my stand. Had my scope on the buck, but told the boy to take the
shot. The boy had trouble finding it in his scope and then missed. The buck turned and went back up the thick
ravine without offering another shot.
12/2/03 - Spraggs, Greene Co. - Extremely windy so decided to still-hunt through some thick areas. Got within
40 yards of a bedded buck that jumped up and stood broadside. Spotted three points on the left side of his rack
but because of the angle couldn't tell if he had a brow tine. Because of the new antler restrictions (then 4 points
on one side), couldn't take the shot. The buck ran down into a hollow and another hunter killed the 8-point.
12/6/08 - York Co. - A lot of deer moving on this first Saturday of the season, including a big half-rack buck
following a group of does that cut well below the upper tree stand and stopped on a trail. Couldn't take the shot,
however, because the neighbor's house was 100 yards directly behind the deer.
So it goes.

Bob D'Angelo
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