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Perseverance: The Key to Success When The Hunt Does Not Go As Planned

By Jim Brauker
October 1, 2013

Every year I try to harvest a doe during the first few days of antlerless season. I like to get one in before I start serious buck hunting. But the problem is that being a small property hunter, if I make a mistake, and a deer makes it to my sanctuary, I can disrupt normal deer behavior, making them insecure and more difficult to hunt.

So I try to hunt the edges of the property, enough distance from the main designated sanctuaries as possible. This year that meant setting up in stands that require very little penetration of the property. Well, sometimes things don’t go as planned. On my first day of hunting in the 2013 season, I mess up the shot, hitting a doe in the shoulder and getting only partial penetration of one lung.

That made for a long stalk, in fact, if you watch the attached video, you will see that the main lesson is that regardless of how bad things look, there is always another drop of blood or another clue to lead towards a successful conclusion. The key is to not give up. As a hint about the ending, guess what I am having for supper tonight? Be sure to watch the video under the picture.