It's safe to say this would haunt any bowhunter for life.
Bowhunting arguably offers a greater reward than anything when it yields positive results, but it unquestionably comes attached to some formidable strings. It's hard enough to harvest a deer to begin with; trying to do it with an arrow demands near-perfect circumstances.
Even with a short-range shot, it's more difficult to be accurate. Even if you're up in a treestand, a deer might see you at full draw. And, as you're about to see, even the most ideal shot opportunity can be hijacked by the tiniest interference.
This bowhunter watches a trophy-class whitetail buck walk right up to his stand offering the perfect shot angle right before a tiny, nearly invisible branch spells complete disaster.
Watch the video below:
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Posted by Afflictor Broadheads LLC on Sunday, October 13, 2019
Well, the shot placement would've been on point.
Can you imagine how crushing this would be? Hunters often wait all season long for a big buck to come in this close, so to have an opportunity be completely derailed by something so seemingly insignificant has to chip away at a person's soul.
However, it does highlight one of the key elements of a successful hunt: preparation. It's paramount to consider all the best and worst possibilities of a hunt, as it's often a game of inches. This guy should have cleared out a shooting lane to prevent anything like this from happening.
Being thorough is always key, too, as even something as small as that tiny little branch can throw a broadhead in the wrong direction.
Without a doubt, this shot will stick this guy for the rest of his life, so learn from his mistakes this archery season.