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Old 12-27-2009, 10:42 PM
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was just reading an article on this. what might help is to practice, but not alot of shots in an hour. let me explain. when we practice (or when i do) i usually shoot 3 arrow groups. at first they arn't so tight of groups. but as i get stretched and warmed up, my grouping improves. can't do that on the stand. what i'm going to try before next season is to leave my bow out and everytime i go out to my shed atleast once a day. shoot one arrow. might take a few days to get 3-5 shots, but each of them shots will be "cold shots". gonna see how that works out. and yes, i still get the shakes with a bow in hand, does will give me the shakes. lol
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:58 PM
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When we're at camp we have a target that we shoot at to keep limber. I try to make my first shot my best one when practicing, it forces me to really concentrate. It doesn't always work out that way though.
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I'm with you guys, if I didn't get that big rush then I quit hunting too. .
its funny you say this my friend and I were walking in from the woods the other day and having the same conversation he says to me "the day i dont get the shakes just from seeing a doe 50-60 yds away that might move your way is the same day i will quit hunting". you as well as him are exactly right the minute that i dont get even a little shake when i see a deer thats the minute ill get out of the stand and hang up my bow.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:00 AM
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my opinion is that if you lose that shaking and that adrenaline you lose interest in hunting. yea you want the shaking to be reduced enough so you can shoot but i dont think you want to rid of it permanently
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:31 PM
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Oh I still get the shakes but only after the arrow is in the ground painted red. I concentrate so hard on shot placement my mind has no time to think of anything else. After the shot I sit down and shake like crazy thinking holy crap what a buck ------ Dirt Nap Time!!!!! Then I call Ronn!!
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:19 PM
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i get them before and after. its hard to clam down for the draw and shot but concentrating on the spot helps for that very few seconds it takes to lose an arrow.
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This is my best definition of what it means when a hunter describes all the symptoms of buck fever.

Buck Fever is the nervous, shaking, pounding heart, short of breath feeling, fully loaded with an adrenaline rush in your body.
I know other hunters may explain it a little differently but this is what happens during buck fever and this is why it happens.

Buckfever is a condition caused by nervous confusion of excitement mixed with fear.
Buck Fever is a very real condition within all hunters however, time, confidence in ones self and experience will help you overcome it.

When a hunter sees the game he is seeking come into view a natural release of adrenaline begins as his heart begins to beat a little faster with excitement,
at that point Buck fever is determined by whether the animal comes closer or drifts casually out of sight.

If the animal leaves the hunter goes right back to a normal but if the animal begins to move in closer the fear of the kill becomes active and the body releases an increased amount of adrenaline causing what we refer to as an adrenaline rush. That's when the heart begins to beat at a faster rate which causes the pounding heart and the hunter now begins to breathe deeper and faster.

The fear of the kill is when a hunter struggles to overcome seeing the animal die in his presence.
I hope this helps shed a little light on why it's difficult sometimes to maintain complete control.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:41 AM
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I don't know about the rest of you but I like to see them die in my presence because I don't have to worry about tracking them. LOL

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I guess I'm a serial buck killer.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:33 AM
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have to admit, a nice doe will get me rattled little. especially toting the ol' bow. have to dit down after the shot, so i don't fall out the stand.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:15 PM
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have to admit, a nice doe will get me rattled little. especially toting the ol' bow. have to dit down after the shot, so I don't fall out the stand.
The Adrenaline rush cause lightheadedness, usually mild and often goes unnoticed
but this is another huge reason why safety harnesses are extremely important to use
when you're in a treestand.
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