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post #11 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-13-2009, 08:49 PM
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ok hear is what i think. i stand behind my previous post, but will say this. we obveasly have a new/ young hunter here. rather that tear him down for his mistake, or gess his age we sould be takeing the time he is on this site to educate him in a manner that will not put him in defencive mode.
wtbm. i can hit a softball at ten yards to. i could probably hit one at more like 25 or 30 yards, but i would never take a shot like that in the field, for several reasons. 1. your blood is pumping, your hands are shaking, you cant even think strate. (you got buck fevor). 2. wait just a min. you'll have a much better shot, that you dont have to shoot through a softball size window. 3. we owe it to the animals we hunt to do our verry best to ensure a clean kill. high risk shots dont do you, or him any favors. even if you never got a good shot, and had to let him pass, maybe you would have seen him the next day, or even that big buck you were talking about. by taking that shot, you may not have gotten a second shot, and then you would have had a spooked buck on your hands. you would not have seen him again, and his wearyness may have also effected the big buck. then you would not have seen another deer all year long. luckly this time it turnd out for you, and your buck. please see this as a learning expeareance. and have a ball next year with your new found knolage.
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post #12 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 10:23 AM
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good point HuntNH .i was just curious as too how old he was.i tend to be more forgiving of young hunters but if an adult posted this i wouldnt be as forgiving

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post #13 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 02:58 PM
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Im not sure how you ever got a shot off standing on the ground? With a rifle maybe but with a bow....not saying you cant but it dosnt happen very often. My advise is get ya a tree stand. You got a better view, deer cant see you as easy ect. ect. Good luck
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post #14 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 06:54 PM
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Hunt NH, your post is a good one for those who can handle a bit of coaching and possibly learn from a bad situation. In this case I'm not sure the lad would accept any constructive thoughts. I sensed a good deal of I know it all! We'll see how he posts future posts.
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post #15 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 06:00 AM
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Congrats on your first deer I'm sure your are excited I will always remember my first one. Don't let the naysayers bother you the fact is you wemt out in the woods and killed a deer with your bow and that is something to be proud of. If you don't shoot you can't kill a deer, you'll have plenty of time to figure out the rest.
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post #16 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 07:29 PM
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hey buddy sounds like you had a great experience in gods outdoors, i don't really think you did anything wrong, with taking two risky shots, but i bet with a little more preparation being ethical would'nt be a worry. where i come from we really hunt for meat, and kill a couple nice horned deers a year I'm a fairly new bow hunter myself, only been doing it for about three years now, but one things for sure if you don't shoot you won't hit em? so congradulations, i hope this sold you on deer hunting and i hope you can't wait to go again.
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post #17 of 53 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 08:24 PM
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Naysayers, you're letting me down now! What I read is just shoot at them and if you don't get them shoot another! I was trying to point out a better shot than the one he took. Either I'm getting old or ethics today is something different than what I was taught. I said it was good he got his deer but... it wasn't a sure shot and for those who are saying take it anyways you're giving really bad advice, period. To all the new archers: practice, practice and take the shot you know you can make, broadside or 1/4ing away, the animal deserves nothing less. I guess I'm on a different page on this one, but you'll never convince me I'm wrong. These posts sadden me on your thinking! I too like to fill tags but I won't take a questionable shot just to hopefully get a kill. It's simply wrong!HM

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Here is a prime example of what I am trying to say, my son came home tonight from college and passed on a 10 pt buck last night because it would not present a perfect shot and at 6 yds. It was a straight on shot. That buck backed away, not wounded, and may return and not be so lucky. My son is a very good shot shooting 74 lbs and could drive an arrow through a poor shot angle but why take the chance? I am most pleased with him .
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Naysayers, you're letting me down now! What I read is just shoot at them and if you don't get them shoot another! I was trying to point out a better shot than the one he took. Either I'm getting old or ethics today is something different than what I was taught. I said it was good he got his deer but... it wasn't a sure shot and for those who are saying take it anyways you're giving really bad advice, period. To all the new archers: practice, practice and take the shot you know you can make, broadside or 1/4ing away, the animal deserves nothing less. I guess I'm on a different page on this one, but you'll never convince me I'm wrong. These posts sadden me on your thinking! I too like to fill tags but I won't take a questionable shot just to hopefully get a kill. It's simply wrong!HM
HM. its not that you are old, or your thought process is out dated. i am only 27, and i agree with you 100%.
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I agree that taking poor shots is unethical. I wish I can say I've never done it but I have. I' ve also taken good shots and shot poorly, but anytime I've not made a clean kill I feel terrible. There has been a time or two I've nearly quit hunting because I felt so bad. Luckly no animal has been lost. What I'm trying to say is if you don't feel remorse when an animal is wounded and suffering you shouldn't be hunting. You're bad for our sport and the animals deserve better. If your out to just kill join the Taliban as a suicide bomber. Now the guy that started this thread I hope IS young and will learn from the advice given by many on this forum DON'T TAKE A RISKY SHOT, PERIOD!!

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