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.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.