This past Friday marked the end of the General Season Archery Deer hunt for Utah residents. It was a great archery hunt with a couple of near misses and many great memories. Luckily, I am in the Dedicated Hunter program so I still have the muzzleloader and the rifle hunt to fill my tag.

I wanted to share a picture from one of my near misses as it still stings. I had a nice 3 point come below me at about 40 yards. The wind was perfect and he was providing me with some great shots as he traversed the mountain below.  I pulled back and put my 40-yard pin on his vitals. Everything was going great, it was a clear shot, so I released and saw my arrow flying right where I was aiming. When the arrow got there I saw the deer jump, but the arrow made a loud thump noise. I had heard that noise before, but only when I had hit a tree. I watched as the deer ran away, seemingly unharmed.

Quickly I pulled out my binoculars to see if I could see my arrow and sure enough it was pointing straight back at me. I walked down to where the deer was standing and sure enough, I had destroyed a little branch that was sticking up above some brush. This little branch allowed that deer to live another day and all I could do was laugh about it.

The joys of archery hunting…

Archery Hunt Miss