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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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best hunt so far and no deer kill

Okay guys, im a go into the woods expecting to take something out of the woods. wether it be a deer or helpful info for next time.... now the story....


Okay, its 7:08am the sun has been up for only a few moments. im in a stand facing the east"the stand also allows me to stand up and look west". to the SE a 8p buck starts walking my way. when i first see him he is about 60 yards away.. as i watch this deer doing his thing it takes about 20mins for him to get due east at 25 yards. i have a shooting lane due south, NE, NW and West. At 25 he is still in pretty good cover. "i am bow hunting". he works his way to about 15 yards away and about 4 foot outside of my shooting lane. he stops with a few small branches covering the sweet spot. at this spot he makes a scrape.... i have never seen this in the wild only on tv. so i was mezmerized by this great deer doing his thing with me 15 yards away. i keep telling myself that i could not get a shot because of the "small cover" he was in, but i know i could have. any ways after he makes his scrape he walks outside my shooting lane to about 40yards. i have only a 10-20 and a 30 pin. he then steps into my lane facing away from me. i do a "bahh" and stop him. he looks back for a few moments and takes another step.. i stop him again and this time he steps broadside. so i guess at my sight and shoot. i shoot under him. later that night again sitting looking east i have two does walk in my west lane and 25 yards. by the time i get stood up and turned to where i could shoot they were both out of my lane and back into cover.



so what i took out of the woods that day was the following.

1. NEVER shoot outside your abilitys, as posted below its better to say i should have then wound a deer with a bad shot.

2. always be ready to shoot, if you "think" you have a shot take it... its better to Know you missed then not no at all. "been kicking myself every since"

3. if you have many shooting lanes like i did, stand up as much as you can. its easer and faster to turn and shoot then stand up, turn and shoot.

Its just a bad dream...... Go back to sleep...

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 01:29 PM
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while im happy that you had a good time you knew he was past your range and took the shot anyway.tsk tsk you didnt even have a pin so that means you dont practice that shot.glad all you did was miss and didnt gut shot /wound the deer.next time show some restraint .its better to say i held off cuz i didnt have a good shot than to let one fly in the hopes of connecting only to wound the animal

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 01:34 PM
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I'm with Joel. Its better to pass up the shot. I know it sucks (I've got the I shouldve shot thing going) but you dont want to wound the deer, you wnat to kill it. That requires a good shot.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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i agree i should have never taken the shot...
dang Joel now you have me feeling bad about trying...
i never do that again, i wasnt thinking of the deer at that point.
it appears that i will keep learning from this hunt for many more moons.

Its just a bad dream...... Go back to sleep...
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 07:44 PM
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We've all taken shots at one time or other that we really shouldn't have taken. As an "old-timer" I can't tell you how encouraged I am that you are learning from your mistakes. I've heard too many young guys actually bragging about doing dumb things - they represent the end of hunting in my book. Guys like you represent future. Keep hunting and learning and respecting the game animals.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 08:25 PM
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yes, on the plus side you are learning but i think there was one more lessen you missed. practice shooting from a seated position. i like putting the stand on the away side of the tree. this covers movement, although the bear turkey and deer i got this year were all while sitting, all with the bow. sitting and standing, sitting and standing will get you busted one of these days. just a thought.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 08:50 PM
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yup, from a treestand I always shoot sitting. If I stand its only to take a break and relieve the back strain. It is important to use maximum patience and wait for the right shot. Success will only happen when you do everything right. I'm am glad that you are self analyzing your mistakesa as that says you are dedicated to improving yourself! The last concern you should have is can I make the shot when it presents itself. That becomes somewhat automatic from lots of practice. You're on the right track, good luck.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-25-2008, 10:54 PM
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well i didnt want to make ya feel bad i wanted you to learn so i guess it worked.ya didnt wound the deer so chalk it up to experience and keep getting after them

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-26-2008, 05:53 AM
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Sounds like you learned your lessens well. I don't know if standing more is one of the lessens I would take away from this. It is much easier to be still when seated which I think we all would agree is important. Sometimes the deer get through the lanes before we see them and there is nothing that can be done. The only answer to that is to see them earlier. So are you scanning the woods often enough.

You may have missed an opportunity on the buck by not shooting through the small stuff at fifteen yards but maybe not. Your instinct at the time was to not shoot and I find it is best to follow the instincts and not second guess yourself. Split second decisions are what deer hunting is about and my guess is you made a good one not to shoot.
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