Kent and I hunted for a couple of hours without a single deer sighting. We moved locations and continued our search. By 9 am we had located him! He was with a small 3 point and almost a mile north of where I had last seen him. While we prepared for the shot, the bucks decided to bed for the morning. The big buck bedded in a jack pine thicket offering no shot. At 256 yards we set up and waited for the buck to stand. After almost an hour, the buck stood and began to bristle up and posture. He walked away and into a small thicket and began raking on a tree. Kent had to get out of his scope and adjust his rest and got back in his scope. Kent immediately found a buck standing in the open and facing us. Kent settled the cross-hairs and shot!
"Kent, you missed!" I exclaimed. Suddenly I noticed a different buck running towards us with blood running down his side. "Kent, you shot the wrong buck!!"
Those have got to be the worst words to hear when hunting. Had I not witnessed it, I probably wouldn't believe it. Better yet, I captured the whole thing on film. The big buck apparently was displaying his dominance to the other buck as he approached. When Kent took his eye off the buck and tried to relocate him in his scope, he found the other buck that was standing in the open. When I get the video edited, I will post it. It's sad, but priceless.
Luckily, Kent still managed to shoot a good buck considering it was the wrong buck.
Kent with the wrong buck
Kent's 28" 3x4
The one that got away.........
Sorry for the pic quality
Jace Hall with the right buck