First notch on the Excal, and for me.

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First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by Milli Benelli » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:16 pm

After having no luck with 6 or 7 morning hunts the last couple weeks I decided to try an afternoon/evening hunt on Monday. I arrived at my stand at about 1:20pm and threw out a bag of carrots and apples for good measure. I sat for two and half hours with really no hope of seeing anything again but all of a sudden I see a doe coming through the woods about 100yds out, then another and another. 4 does in total came down the trail. My crossbow was resting on the railing of the stand and I slowly inched towards it and picked it up as they made their way closer to my stand. I could feel my heartbeating in my TOQUE!!! The first doe, the largest, kept sniffing the air and on 3 occasions made eye contact with me as I stared down the scope. Thankfully the wind was on my nose today. She walked closer and turned broadside. So with her at 40yds I could wait no longer and let the arrow fly. All four deer scattered like a flash and I could not tell whether I hit her or not. I waited 10 mins to climb down and packe up my gear with trempling hands. I walked to the contact site and saw the prints and two big clumps of hair. I though "Ahhh crap I just nicked her". I found my arrow and the broadhead was wide open, covered in fat and blood with a feather half peeled back. I looked about 5yds in the directon she fled and the blood trail was absolutely mind-boggling. It stretched into the woods like I never would have imagined it. The doe made it about 50-60yds. As my buddy told me "When the shooting stops, the work starts". Right he was.

I had to drag her about 750yds out of the woods to the car. About halfway back I decided to lighten the load and gut her in the woods. Seeing as it was my first deer I'd never gutted one before so here I am in the middle of the woods kneeling next to my deer watching how-to videos on youtube on my iPhone. My wife had tears in her eyes when I told her that. I think I did a great job too, didnt' damage any meat. It was dark by the time I got mo my car..............yes CAR. A Honda Civic Hatch. Not a good choice as a hunting truck. Loading that deer into the car was a challenge but I got it in there, home, and hung in the garage.

Used an Excal Equinox, Carbon Firebolts and Grim Reaper broadhead. This was my first shot at a deer. I`m very excited and must say the Excal and Grim Reapers exceeded EVERY expectation I ever had.

Thanks very much for letting me take you on my journey.
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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by CDN Taxman » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:35 pm


Can't beat that feeling when you take the safety off! Been a while here for me!

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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by one shot scott » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:42 pm

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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by EQUINOXHNTERVA » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:52 pm

Congrats! Nice looking deer. It will look even better in the freezer. Got to love the equinox, great choice. :D First deer of many I would bet.
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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by Mechanical Advantage » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:03 pm

Congratulations, your first deer is very exciting but even better with the bow.

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Post by Riflemanz » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:09 pm

Congrats on a fine shot and big doe! You did great!
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Post by georgiaboy » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:28 pm

Congrats on your first deer!! :D
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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by Mr. Dynamite » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:00 pm

Hey way to go on the first one!

I am right there with ya. I am still waiting to drop one this year, but when I do it is going to have to get crammed into the trunk of my Toyota 4 door with all the hunting krap that has been living in there since October! Good job on gutting it yourself! I was lucky enough to have a friend show me how to do it when I went along with him in the states last year, and it helps a lot when someone can "show you the ropes." I think I still need help though...I am afraid I am going to end up eating tag soup on Jan 1 :roll:
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Post by vixenmaster » Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:29 pm

Congrats its hard to beat getting yer 1st with CB
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Post by VixChix » Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:51 pm

Congrats on the excellent first! Loved your story!!!

Putting it the back of a car sure beats the looooong drag home! :D
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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by onebigskittle » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:25 pm

My first kill with a crossbow i didnt know if i hit the deer or not ...i used the exomax and heart shot it ...the blood didnt come out like i thought it should but when i found it about 50 yards in the thickest underbrush ever i was tickled ...Congrats on a find kill

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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by Dash » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:18 pm

Well done mate, great effort.
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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by lscha » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:22 pm

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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by Normous » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:31 pm

Nice sized Doe. Way To Go!!
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Re: First notch on the Excal, and for me.

Post by frisky » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:06 pm

Welcome! Nice story and CONGRATS on the deer. If you use that car for hunting, you need a hitch haul basket :D :D
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