image.jpgTuesday morning I was hunting my last morning of my long weekend off from school. I usually walk around in the woods still hinting this time of year mostly scouting and not expecting to kill anything because of how thick it still is and harder to call. I mainly try to see a bull then go back and call in the general area around the 13-20th, which has proved successful in years past. With the heavy rain I was able to walk around fairly quietly with good cover noise. I came to an area and jumped a big bull out of his bed, he heard me coming and took off. So I was happy and thought my morning walk was a success. 5 minutes later I saw a cow with twins and slowly kept moving forward. 100 more yards of sneaking around I saw a bright looking thing in the brush that looked like an antler about 80 yards off. I stopped sat down and put my rifle scope up but with all the fog/ rain I couldn't see what it was, I told my self no way is that a bull laying right in front of me! I poured a cup of coffee and was drinking when I saw the antler move! So now I cleaned off the scope and got pretty excited, it was in fact a bedded bull. I snuck up to a spot that if he stood up randomly I could shoot after determining he had 3 brow tines. I watched him for about 45 minutes thanks to a constant wind direction and watched his head move back and forth many times to make sure I was counting separate brow points and told my self that I would confirm on more time when he stood up and looked right at me. I was at about 40 yards, this being the only spot where I could have a semi clear shot when he stood up. He was looking right at me strait on and I confirmed brow tines and shot. The shot was very hard quartering towards angle and was confident that I hit him good. He ran off and I shot two more times through really thick trees for insurance he stood there for probably 60 seconds and I reloaded watching and waiting for him to drop, then he just trotted off. Now is the weird part and I have never had this happen before. I went to where I shot and couldn't find blood so I went back to where I shot and went to where he was standing after the 3 shots and couldn't find blood. I had a sick feeling in my gut. I looked within 100 yards for 2 hours and never found a single hair or speck of blood. At this point I had myself convinced I had missed a guaranteed shot, NEVER DO THIS. So I went back to get help and 3 of us looked and looked and looked for another 2 hours and never found a speck of blood. I must have flat out missed this moose, but something told me there is no way that is possible. Finally I found him 150-200 yards from where I shot dead as could be and I was so relived. I could see where he had been stumbling around before he fell and I backtracked a ways and never found on speck of blood. I couldn't believe it. I still feel guilty that I almost called it off as a clean miss, and now have proof to never lose confidence in your shot and finding down game even when it appears to be a missed shot. We rolled the moose over and still no blood and was wondering if he just had a heart attack. But I found right where I was aiming and there was the bullet hole in is left shoulder/High briskest area. 270 with 150 grain nosler bullet did the trick again but was thinking my 338 pry would have made an exit hole regardless of angle and most likely a blood trail. Moral of the story for me anyways is never stop looking, you can't miss at 40 yards haha. Has anyone ever had a bullet hole that is fully plugged shut like this? This was a first for me.