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If It Weren’t for Bad Luck…

October 31st, 2008
My Lucky Hunting Shirt

My Lucky Hunting Shirt

Well, if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.  My bow season is not going as I had hoped, but the good news is, it can only get better from here!

How many of you all have “superstitions” when it comes to hunting?  We are not really superstitious, but we enjoy the running joke of having “lucky shirts”.  I just had to replace my lucky shirt after many years of service, and so I thought I would make one up for me and my dad.  I used Cafe Press, and I think the shirts came out great.  The bad news is, I wore my “lucky shirt” for the first time this morning, and had anything but good luck.  And, once you have “cursed” the lucky shirt, it is hard to shake the kaibosh from it!

I had a small buck come right up to my stand this morning, and thought I had venison in the freezer (don’t every count your steaks before they are cut!)  He turned broad side at 20 yards, and I put my pin behind his shoulder and pulled the trigger on my release.  I watched as the arrow flew right over top of his back.  I assumed I jumped or made some other dumb mistake.  But the buck circled around me, and came back right behind my stand.  Again, he stood broad side at 20 yards.  I put the pin behind his shoulder, and pulled the trigger.  The deer shot out like he was scorched.  I climbed down and looked for the arrow (which had appeared to again fly high).  This time, I had skimmed his back, and only had a little hair and touch of flesh on the arrow–no blood.  Sure enough, he escaped with only a scratch.  I should mention, this is the same buck that Chad has also missed 2 times.  We are beginning to think that this buck has some kind of force field around him.  He may simply be “untouchable.”

Upon returning to the house, I fired a couple of practice arrows and found that my bow is suddenly hitting about 5 inches high at 20 yards.  I have no idea what happened to cause this, but it was consistently high all 4 shots that I took today.  I am going to have to retune it before heading back out into the woods, and see if maybe my luck will start picking up at the first of the week.

9 Responses to “If It Weren’t for Bad Luck…”

  1. Man- I hear ya there…once the bad juju is on something, it is hard to get off! Time to do a little dance around the fire and see if you can get the bad karma to reverse. Also – you may want to check that buck for performance enhancing drugs. I think he’s taking something funny.

  2. I think that buck may have some sort of force field going on. It sounds like he has nine lives

    I just took my target out with me today, and shot a few shots before I went to make sure my bow was still on. I”m glad I did after reading this story.

    Get that thing tuned and sighted back in and get back out there. :):):):)

  3. Here’s hoping your luck turns back to good soon!

  4. I’m thinking that deer does have some sort of force field. Weird.

    I’m not sure what you can do to get the bad juju off the lucky shirt. I’m guessing getting a deer would do it.

  5. Chief Stillaughing Says:
    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Here is the deal (though you should have known this) you have to wear your old luck shirt under the new one till you have it ‘broken in’) duh! 🙂 Besides, it wasn’t the shirt … it was the bow 🙂

  6. This has happened to me when stand hunting. There is always a tendency for the arrow to hit high when shooting from a stand, mainly because of the shot angle illusion. I tend to look over the pins a bit, especially if I don’t bend at the waist. When a deer is really close to the stand, the angle is even more extreme. I read in a bowhunting book that it’s always better to aim low on deer that are relatively close to the stand. (Or — maybe that buck has nine lives! Just think, he only has 5 left!)

  7. I don’t think you can blame a Teflon buck on your shirt. I suspect this was the hunt that allowed you to get enormous amounts of bad luck out of your system; you should be a mighty Greek god of hunting next time you wear that shirt out.

  8. Things will get better, you just have to chant umskigeewaha before heading to the stand! I don’t know what it means but it seems to work. Good luck!

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