I need a few opinions and/or help. I'm a first time bow hunter. Actually I have not ever harvested a deer. I started practicing about 6 months with my bow at different yardage and I am pretty good up to 30 yards and fair up to 40. Any back to the problem, I started a Special Urban hunt on Sept. 1st and have not harvested a deer yet. I have a fixed hang on stand at 20ft and I have a climibing stand. I've hunted the fixed stand about half the time since Sept. 1. I've got a doe that has busted me out just about everytime I am in that stand. I'm camo'ed up completely and have used every cover sent, but she still busting me out. I very still and get into my stand 2 hours before legal hunting time. I moved to a different location and used my climber at twenty and got busted out again. I tried it at 30 feet yesterday only saw a buck about 75 yards away. In both locations my game camera has the deer all over it at different times. I gotta harvest a doe first in the Urban hunt. My problem is why am I getting busted out by the same doe? Any help or suggestions would greatly be appreicated. And if I'm posting this Thread at the wrong place, I'm very sorry. Just correct me and I want do it again.
Deer have a natural instinct to survive which means they must be wary at all times of what's going on in their homes
and believe me, they are sharp when it comes to knowing when something new arrives in their home, like a tree stand or a ground blind
or a man/woman in camo clothing sneaking around, that's why we try to hang stands weeks in advance so that the deer can get used to seeing them in their areas.
when you see that Doe, don't even bat an eye, the slightest movement will have her running off, she's looked up into that stand enough to know when something isnt right
but because she's still coming into the area tells me she's not sure what you are and so far she isnt afraid to check you out again.
the trick is moving when she's not looking, stay motionless, let her get in range, when the time is right draw on her,
if she runs grunt at her or whistle most times that will stop them long enough to touch off a kill shot. Good luck and keep us posted.
Welcome to the Club
Is the wind right when you sit on the stand
believe it or not a mature doe can be the hardest deer to harvest because they maybe are the smartest deer in the herd. I always take extra care to wash all my hunting clothes in a scent free wash, scent loc, scent away are a couple of them. Hang your clothes outside to dry then store them in a plastic bag, unscented of course. Use a odor free hair/body wash prior to hunting. Next use a spray scent neutralizer on your clothes and boots and even your bow each time you hit the woods. Keep your back to the sun always. Don't move on stand especially during the morning and late evening when deer are most active. Cover scents are not needed and may be tipping the deer to your presence. Stay 20 yds to the side of well used trails setting up for a broadside shot. 20' high is more than plenty high for a stand, I never hunt that high, getting too old I guess. Try to find a tree with lots of background cover, pines, narley oaks, hemlocks, even maples if leaves are still on. I always have cover limbs around me to break-up my outline. Hanging pine branches upside down works great for cammoing in yourself. When the pre-rut begins we'll have another discussion. Good luck and be safe.
Thanks very much. I know any movement will set the off. Maybe after the bucks start chasing her she will ignore me. Patience is a virtue.
The first spot is next to lake between the lake and and between to hills lots of trail coming into this spot and the wind is constantly changing. Thats why I took my climber up to another location about 300 yards at the top of that hill. Put out the camera there and they where hanging out there. Wind is a little more perdictable there. Going to my my hang on up there and move it up to 25 feet.
Thanks for the advice. Understand geting older 56 here. The sent I'm using now smells just like dirt. Been packing my hunting cloths with cedar limbs. But the creepy crawlers can be a problem. Yes to only times I've been hunting is early in the morning and going in around three and hunting til sunset in the afternoon. I'm able to bait this area because its private property. Do you think I might be putting my corn to close to the stand. About 20 yards away. I've got good tree cover. This new spot I'll have to get about 25 ft to be the cover of the limbs. Thanks for everyones help. I need it.
The bait is a different issue with a smart doe
don't try to shoot them off the pile, try shooting as they are walking to get to the pile
got to agree with all the responses Great posts
HM I agree with the Mature doe comment sometimes I do think they are harder to hunt then a buck they are very woods (street) wise whatever you want to call it
Hey Arkansas i think i saw you on TV this morning :coffee:
They were showing all the deer walking the streets and the hunter waiting for a shot
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