I shot a heavy bodied 7 pt last year and got it back today.
It is the only deer I have ever taken, that I shot at more than once.
He jumped into the road fist thing in the morning, and froze at maybe 140 yards and I got buck fever, usually I can calm myself down and turn into an assassin, not this time. He was standing still broadside looking right at me, in a little ground blind. He looked like he was going to continue on across the road so I hurried my shot, and maybe tried to lead him and it was a clean miss. Amazingly he froze and just stood there still looking at me, while I chambered another round. I took aim again, and hurried to get another shot off with my heart pounding, and he turned and ran back from where he came.
I though I must have missed again and went to check the road for blood and found none. Then I checked the woods where he entered still no blood and returned to the blind as it was so early, to beat myself up and I didn't want to push him if I had made a poor hit on him. I went through all the second guessing possible how could I miss at that range? unless my gun was off, and twice no less. Then I had a yote come out a little further still moving and torched another round off missing him. Now I'm convinced it's the gun or I have lost all ability to shoot accurately.
When it was time to walk out about 10:30 I made another trip into the woods where he went in, went down hill and found him about 75 yards piled up, The second shot was a good double lung shot but high so no blood came out until he was down. He is not my best deer as far as antlers but he is about 17 3/4" wide inside which is my widest. I felt very lucky to get a second shot and take this deer.
Tips hat... like were ya double checked, payed off
Some times it is hard not to rush your shot when you see a nice buck. Nice deer, glade you found him.
Nice mount... sometimes there is little to no blood when you hit em. Had just about the same thing happen to me once. Glad you found him...
Mount looks great, congrats.