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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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bowhunting from the ground

I'm thinking about bow hunting from the ground to change locations during the "Chase/Rut". Never bow hunted like this before. looking for some info before i go out. Don't want to waste time on it if it's not real effective.. Looking for any input/advantages/disadvanteges.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 09:12 AM
 
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Greetings from Vermont "OhioMike", welcome to the site.
I hunt more from the ground than I do from a stand ONLY because I "THINK" I have the skills to ease into range of bedding or grazing/feeding deer but, if the wind isn't working in my favor I'm more likely to stay on the ground and get cozy near a Big tree or sit near a thick patch of brush.. make all walking and head movements slow... keep the wind in your face, Stop as soon as you see the slightest movement, I can't tell you how many times I've seen a deers ear twitch or tail flicker at 100 yards or more even if you think it's just a fern or a leaf, Stop and make sure... deer don't miss movement and they smell everything. Also, walk as light footed as possible breaking branches and crushing dry leaves is too noisy, I take no more than 3 slow steps then slowly scan the woods, 3 more steps and scan again. IF you jump a deer and see it run off don't chase after it, stay put for awhile. others will come along the same path that one did OR that one may return to see what spooked it off. I hope that helps. Good Luck to you...

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 09:19 AM
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ground hunting allows more versatility than being stationary in a stand but everything is magnified on the ground. you can get away with more in a stand: scent, movement, etc. so more care has to be taken when on the ground but you can cover more ground and find new spots in you area. i would also think that head to toe camo including head and neck would be needed as you'll be in their line of sight more so than in the stand 20' up!
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 09:25 AM
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bruce, i checked out that cam for $99 on nativeoutdoors and it looks good. do you have any pics you've got with that cam so i could see the quality? how is the set up, do you need the "perfect" tree or does it adapt well? thanks!
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bruce, i checked out that cam for $99 on nativeoutdoors and it looks good. do you have any pics you've got with that cam so i could see the quality? how is the set up, do you need the "perfect" tree or does it adapt well? thanks!
you can check out the pic quality at this link http://www.deerhuntersclub.com/forum...-deer-pic.html
very easy to setup, comes with 2 bungee's that will easily let you hang onto a 10", 12" maybe 14" tree..

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Bruce and Deputy dog.. that's what I was looking for
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i just killed a buck on sept 29th from the ground sitting on a 5 gal bucket.as a matter of fact i was gonna hang a stand today but there were acorns EVERYWHERE and i jumped 2 deer walking in.so i'm gonna set up in my old ground blind.its a large boulder on a sloping hill.it has a fallen tree in front and on the side,over the years i have added branches and trimmed shooting/sight lanes in several directions for a 100 yards.i sit on a 5 gal pail with the bottom rim sanded flat and the metal handle taped up with duct tape to prevent noise.i took a nice buck from there 2 yrs ago.hope to tag something there saturday ,our bow opener

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thanks for the pointers,, sounds like something i will throughly enjoy. Going out tonight. Hopefully i'll have pics tomorrow..
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3 more pointers:

1. Take 3-4 steps when the wind picks up to muffle your sounds. If it is very calm and quiet then you need to go at a snails pace.

2. Move when planes fly overhead. A few spots I hunt are very close to private airstrips so I have giant Cessna birds flying overhead.

3. Be attentative to Blue Jays and squarrels. If they start squawking then
be on alert in there direction. Quite often it passes without incident but 2 of my whitetails went down thanks to Bluejays. Understand deer also use other animals as early warning systems so if the Blue jays are sounding off at you then your probably busted.
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tip #3 has helped me several times

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky
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