A few years ago when shooting a lot of Sika and Roe on large forestry areas I hit a bad patch. I missed 8 consecutive shots in a row!
The nature of the ground meant that often the shots were averaging somewhere around 150yds, thus allowing for a few varying reasons for error to creep in however, I knew the ground well so there was no excuse for misjudging distances. The usual checks were done after the first couple and the rifle as always was bang on. Each time I missed I had a mate with me and they said that nothing appeared obvious as to a reason. By the last couple of shots if we spotted deer when driving round, such was the knock to my confidence I was telling them to get out the pick-up and stalk the beast! Eventually whatever the cause it seemed to disappear (although the piss-taking still goes on to this day) and the misses stopped. If anything, I would perhaps guess at over-confidence causing me to possibly lift the head to watch the drop but I really don't know as in my mind I was doing nothing differently to all the successful shots over the years.
The only saving grace was that between the deer's reaction and the follow up all were clean misses. It got to the stage that even the dog was hanging her head in shame!
Any similar stories?