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Just as we all had our best shots, we also have had our worst. I have in fact had 8 of those!
I'll again fire the first-and of these I have had many.
On top of the list must be shooting at a black wildebeest bull. This was a big guy. I missed him with my first shot at about 200m (this with a scoped rifle). He ran off to the top of the mountain we were hunting on. My tracker and I made a wide berth and hoped to intercept him. After about a two hour climb, we positioned ourselves on a path we thought he may take. And sure enough, after about half an hour we saw him walking straight towards us. I was sitting down, using a rock as a rest, and he was no more then 50yds. He filled the scope! I squeezed, no probably jerked the trigger, and started getting up to admire my trophy... only thing is the trophy was running and is still running to this day. It was a clean miss at 50yds.
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Mine probably doesn't count as a worst shot, but definetly stupidity. I was hunting back in a swamp holler and there was big buck sign everywhere, I had been in the stand for an hour I guess when I heard some noises that signaled a deer. I started grunting to get him in closer. He came in closer, and the situation was tense at best he was looking right in my general direction, just getting the rifle up for the shot was a tedious undertaking. I finally had everything lined up and just as I pulled the trigger I hear "click" the deer then hauls outta there in a blur. I was hunting with my trusty 35 Marlin, and had left the push button safety on, the hammer had fallen and struck the bar, not the pin. 
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My worst shot was at the Long Beach Ca. police range, High Standard Mil Model 107 .22L (a tack hammer of a pistol)  First round, the bullet bounces back and hits me in the shoulder. Not bad, just enough to get my attention, I shot like crap every time I shot after that.  It was one in a million, but ya never forget it.

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Worst shot experience, getting ready for work one November morning, looked out the back window, and saw a HUGE buck in my back pasture, magnificent 9-point rack with a "crab-claw" on his 5 point side.  Ran and got my favorite rifle...30-06 BAR w/BOSS, which I had just sighted in the day before, took careful aim out my master bathroom window, standing in the bathtub, resting on the window sill...105 yd shot, 45deg angle, NO PROBLEM.  Did the breathing, squeezed the trigger...missed 2 feet high.  Deer walked off into the woods. 
As I was sighting in, I noticed the rounds were beginning to string a bit, high of course.  Thought it was just me.  However, as I was disgustedly stepping out of the bathtub after missing the deer, happened to grab the rifle by the BOSS, WHICH CAME OFF IN MY HAND.  It had, best guess, begun working loose sighting in and the last sight-in shot really "spun it up".  Taught me a valuable lesson... before and after every session with my two BOSS equipped rifles, CHECK BOSS SEAT.  Browning recommends it, I just didn't pay attention.  Believe it or not, that is the only deer I have ever missed in my life.  Truth.   Also, one of the most painful lessons I have ever learned.  Such an easy thing cost me a magnificent buck, I've not taken one of that caliber since.  He was one of the "Kings" of the area.  As far as I know, no one ever got him.  I got one picture of him on a gamecam a couple of years later, 0300-ish.  He may have never come out in daylight again. 
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Actually, thinking about it, my worst shot was in the army during basics! We were doing rifle inspection, with live rounds in the mag. Drill is, mag off, rifle cocked, sarge checks rifle/barrel, uncock rifle, mag back, pull trigger, all safe. I did it backward, mag in first, then uncocked, which pushes a live round into the barrel. Pulled the trigger and "BOOM", right there in the middle of the squad. Of course barrel allways facing up.
Needless to say I had to carry a case of ears (a wooden box with 1000 rounds of ammo in it) for the rest of the day!!!
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2 years ago up at the camp.  Had a coon that was getting into our garbage & pissing me off.  Sitting around after dinner with the guys in the dining room and we hear a clattering out on the front lawn - coon is back.  Grabbed my son's 444 M94 and proceded to shoot said coon out throught front door from inside.  Did I mention it has an 18.5 inch ported barrel - forgot about that at the time.  Coon was well dead and most of us were deaf for the rest of the night.  The boys have reminded me of that from time to time.
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I shot a bear from my tree stand at 10 yds. I punched at least one lung, witnessed by the pink bubbly blood on the fletching after complete penetration. He took out all 100 yds of my string tracker and I still couldn't find him. I spent the whole next day searching with no luck.
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Worst shot(s) happened last year.  I went out hunting with my Dad and brother.  Was carrying my Ruger M77 300 WM with a Burris Black Diamond 4-16x50 on it.  My goal for the year was to knock down a doe at 600 yards, so I set up on a just under the ridge of a hill about 600 yards from the woods my Dad and brother were going to push through.  I sat there for a couple hours till they got back to me.   Then I headed to the truck to grab my lunch.  Sat there about 20 minutes and spotted this doe come out of the brush.  Ranged them at 174 yards.  Peice of cake I thought.  Set up on them.  Bi-pod and all.  I was rock solid.  Took my time, got my breathing rhythm, and then held.  Boom.  And nothing happens.  So I jacked another round in, and tried it again.  Boom.  And the doe hops the fence, looks back at me, and runs off, nothing wrong.  It finally clicked in my brain.  My scope was still sighted for 600 yards and I was shooting right over her.  First year I have ever gone home with no venison.
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My next worst shot was on a bush buck hunt. I had just bought my 30-06 Heym. First hunt with it. A bush buck ram came bouncing out the bush, and BAM, down it goes! Man, I love this rifle. First shot a ram. So I walk about 200 yds along with the beaters and the dogs. And then at 75 yds, a bush buck ram stood broadside on a dam wall. Wow, number two! So I aim, BLAM. The ram stands as if nothing happened. BLAM, BLAM and then the ram looks my way, and trots off into the bush. 3 shots, all misses.
I looked at the rifle, not so happy any more!!!


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My worst shot ever almost cost me the mule deer in my avatar. It was made by a mistake I'll never make again. I loaned the rifle I was going to hunt with to a buddy, and told him it was sighted in, and not to mess with it. (He is NOT a good shot, and I didn't want him turning anything) This was a .300 win. with a Redfield scope with a BDC knob on the elevation. I got my rifle back from him at a lunch break about 5 minutes before I spotted this buck about 100 yds. from me on the next hill, and he was hot on a doe. I threw down my food, and grabbed the rifle, leaned over the hood, and squeezed. BOOM......no whap. WTF? I rammed another round in, annoyed already by missing a nice buck, and wondering how it happened. Sight picture was perfect at the bang. My buddy says "oh nice shot, right over his back!" The buck was out of sight for a few seconds then came into view on the next hill, at about 250. I aimed for the bottom fur and let it fly. BOOM....WHAP. He went down where he stood, and I was left confused at why I was hitting so high. As I pulled the rifle down I saw my BDC knob turned to 400yds. When asked, my buddy said it was hitting a bit low! He just about was the next boom whap. Now my hunting rifle doesn't leave my sight. I sight in right before I leave for the weekend. Drive to the county I hunt, and check it again.
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It's took awhile to be able to do this! Any bad shot or miss is a learning experience, but I hate them all the same. This event took place years ago while on I think the third hunt with my dad in-law at the hunt club he had invited me to join. I was young but had established myself as a competent hunter having bagged almost too many deer to count. This club was all about running the dogs, and after that morning run I was riding with dad in-laws brother who was known for putting that old 78 chevy pickup in the wind. We're comming off the hard top heading to where some dogs are bumping an old trail and next thing I know the four barrel opens on that chevy and bro shouts get ready! We are on a dirt path that is straight for about 3/4 mile and this old truck is hitting the ground about every 30 feet cutting about 60+. I finally see what he's looking at comming full stretch acroos the field on an intercept course about  200 yds. ahead. A buck with a beautiful gleaming rack. I've got my trusty 12 ga. auto safety off and wondering "is he going to hit the deer or expect me to shot it. Being new in the family I didn't want to ask stupid questions so I waited. Just as I am bracing for the deer crushing thud he hits the brakes shouting "SHOOT EM! SHOOT EM!"
I push the door open and stand in the hinge slot while we are still slidding to a stop. The truck bumps the bucks rear end, but he never misses stride and I cut loose! First round in the dirt between his feet (in my defense I was still fallen at the time). I get my foot back on the floor and stand and cut loose again. I don't know where all this 000 buck is going but THE buck to my knowledge still hasn't slowed down. Well the dredded "return to my seat" I will never as long as I live forget that look of discusted disbelief. Of course Bro Jerry is a great guy, one of my good friends but some 20 yrs. later I still get reminded of that awful day. To their delight ofcourse, but thats ok atleast it's all in fun. We hunted that club about 12 yrs. and took alot of nice bucks, except "that one" he's still out there, runnin!  Whacko
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Hi all.  I’m new to the forum and in the interest of humility I thought I’d make my first post here.  This even happened very early on in my shooting career; I’d shot a rifle maybe 3 times ever, never shot a scoped rifle before and had never shot this particular rifle before.  My friends and I were out coyote hunting on a ranch.  I had my brand new Kel-Tec SU-16CA with a Bushnell Banner 6-24X40 mounted on top.  One friend had an old 30-06 bolt action with a scope and the other a 30-30 lever action with iron sights.  Well, we’d been there since 4 am that morning and hadn’t seen much of anything.  By 9am we were driving out and just before we hit the edge of the property we spot a coyote in a field no more than 75 yards away.  We slam on the brakes, half-stumble, half-fall out of the truck and set up as fast as we can; all while this coyote stands there watching us.  My buddies decide that since I’ve never hunted before I should take this one, so I kneel down, rest my left elbow on my knee and look through my scope.  I place the cross-hairs right on his chest and then dial the mag up so he’s nice and big, since big targets are easier to hit, right? Wink  (Take pity on me; I was young and stupid.)  I squeeze the trigger and of course, having never even heard of sighting a scope in, I miss horribly.  Then the coyote bolts.  He’s in a big field, so we all just open up.  My mag is still turned up way too high and it never occurs to me to turn it down, so I’m lucky if I can even get him in my scope.  Every time I do, I pull the trigger, and continue to miss.  My buddies are firing as fast as they can, but this is one very agile coyote.  In the end the coyote runs up over a hill, completely untouched and we start picking up our brass.  We found 10 .223’s, 8 30-30’s and 4 30-06’s.  A total of 22 rounds and not one hit.  We all hung our heads in shame that day.

Since then I've become a much better marksman, but I still like to remember where I started from.
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..ain't experience a bitch!  Great story!
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Welcome to the OT orkboy300. You'll have to share some of your success stories when you get a chance. Are you still using the .223?
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I still have the .223, but I hardly ever use it because it's having extraction issues I haven't been able to solve yet.  These days I mostly shoot a Ruger .204 bolt action and a heavily modified SA M1A.  None of my success stories are quite as epic as this one, so I'll wait until I have something worthy of a post.

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Welcome bro'  A humble entry is the best entry!
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

Welcome bro'  A humble entry is the best entry!
 
PM this to JonA.   Bucky
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My worst shot was this past season. A bunch of us where sitting around at my brother-in-laws cabin when we seen a mule deer doe across the hill. I had a doe tag so I went and got a rest after watching for a while to make sure no big bucks where around. It was 320 yards. I squeezed the trigger, gun went boom, deer went down, and I got up to go retrieve my the deer. All of sudden she jumped up and ran up the hill and laid down. I grabbed my 45-70 so that I could make a quick final shot when I got close. I hike up the hill and jumped her behind some trees. She was headed straight at me so I did not want fire and waste a lot of meat. She broke off behind some more trees. I figured she would go lay down and I could track her to her bed and make the final shot. Well long story short I never did find her. Apperently from talking with a friend that saw her when I first jumped her it looked like she had been clipped in the left front leg. I set out a target and took a couple shots. 12" low and left at 100 yards. That was the first animal I had ever wounded, let alone not found. I quit hunting for several days and almost quit for the rest of the season.
I could have prevented it though. In a hurry to get the full use of my time hunting I was complacent and figured my rifle would still be on target like it had the past 11 years I had used it. My own stupidity was completely to blame.
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 Mine was a few years ago on a cold Wisconsin opening day.
 I was wearing a pair of well-worn elkskin gloves, and flipped off the safety of my 700 Remington as a very tall and dark-racked whitetail buck approached my stand. The gloves were stitched up the side of the thumb and had a small hole in the seam that got tangled in the safetys' thumb pad projection. By the time I got it worked loose and raised the rifle, the buck had turned offering a marginal shot, which I declined to take. He never gave me another opportunity, and vanished in the brush. I didn't fire a shot all that season, and he was the last big buck I've encountered since then!
 
 Still hurts to think about it...
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It was about six years ago. It was frigid cold and I was hunting a travel way that there were signs everywhere. I knew it was the Rut and that Bucks were tailing does even though it was rather late in the season. I had yet to get off a shot on anything other than paper, and some odd targets back at the camp range. A rather large doe stepped out and, I gave the woods a quick glance. Nothing appeared to be there. UNTIL I SHOT THE DOE. She ran off about ten yards and piled up hard into a fallen tree, while I was frantically trying to load another round and get a follow up on the bruiser that was just inside the woodline where she had stepped out at. Just as I got the shell in the chamber and the cross hairs on the buck he bolted, and was only seen once more, by my buddy that he ran by after seeing me trying to shoot him. He couldn't get a shot either. But he verified what I had suspected, it was a fourteen point with a huge inside span. Haven't seen another like him since then.
So yeah the worst shot was a success, just should have been a little more patient.
The next to the worst is embarrasing and I'm taking that one to the grave..........Embarrased 
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Not only worst shot but best and worst day ever. Like Tahqua it is with archery. During the summer I had crushed the fingers of my right hand driving stakes with a sledge hammer. So I did not get any practice this year. I shot the bow a few shots the day before opening day and could hit the paper plate target out to 30 yds. This was before I ever started using sights on a bow. Early on opening day drove to Camp Gruber and found the tree I had hunted in the year before. At 7:20 I spot a doe headed my way. She stopped broadside in an opening at 25 yds. Twang, That old Bear Whitetail was loud, missed right over her back and off she went. Continued the wait and at 8:35 another doe walks down the same trail. Just like the first she stops in the opening. Twang, right over her back. Very frustrated. Two shots in one morning and I had missed both. Stayed in the tree and at 10:00 another deer coming from the other direction. It is a 4 point and it halts at about 15 yds. Twang . Another miss over the back. Can it get worse? Yes, at 11:15 a spike comes right under my stand. Twang. yep high again. I get down from the tree pack all my gear in the car and drive to town and buy a sight for the bow. go home and shoot till my fingers bleed learning to shoot with the sight. Well I never got another shot that year. 4 deer that should have been give me shots any other year. I missed all 4 before noon. 4 of my worst shots on the most active archery hunt of my life.
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That is interesting that you bring up the Bear Whitetail. They were loud. Friends that had them back then said the deer would jump at the release of the string. Those cam bracket mounts were the culprit, no doubt.
I hear you with instinctive shooting, too. You had a finger ailment that contributed towards your problem. For me it's not having enough time to shoot daily. My instinctive shooting needs that for anything over fifteen yards from season to season.
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It was one of the first cam bows that came out. The recoil of those heavy limbs always killed me on that bow. I now shoot an Oneida Eagle. Old but it still has a lot of the feel that the recurve bow gives when you pull it. I wish I could find another that I could keep rigged for bowfishing.

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Had one bad shot with my bow.  I was out trying for a doe to get some meat.  Finally got up on a doe at about 30 yards.  Thought to myself, this should be too bad.  Ended up shooting a little high and hit her high in the shoulder.  Could see the arrow sticking out both sides and bleeding.  Never did find that animal.  I hate it when that happens.  Only animal I think I have ever not found.
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