Every hunter misses a shot. We don't care how good you are with a rifle or bow. It happens to all of us eventually. That is why they call it hunting and not killing. No harvest is guaranteed. It becomes more painful when it's a big buck that was in your sights.
Today's video of a hunt gone wrong is much more painful than usual. Because this hunter misses not once, not twice, but FIVE times.
It's not like he's rushing the shots either. This big buck seems totally unaware what's going on and offers the hunter multiple opportunities over the span of five minutes. In the end, the hunter runs out of ammunition and can only throw down his binoculars in frustration as the buck strolls away completely unharmed.
We see a lot of missed deer videos at Wide Open Spaces, but this one was more painful than most. Partially because that was a really big buck, but also because while we could clearly see how low the shots were hitting, these guys did not figure it out until shot four. This effectively made his fifth and final shot nothing more than a Hail Mary.
Clearly, the scope got bumped at some point. Perhaps during transport from home to field. It could have even happened if he brushed up against a tree wrong at some point. It happens and unfortunately, we often don't realize our scope is off until it is much too late.
About the only thing one can do is to sight in their rifle every season and ensure that the sights and scope are still accurate. If you drop or bump your rifle, it's a good idea to fire a couple shots just to make sure it's still hitting where you want.
It may be inconvenient to sight your rifle in again, but it's worth it if it helps to avoid a heartbreaking moment like this. We feel for this guy and we hope he was able to make up these misses later in the season.