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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2014, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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So today I went hunting with my bow and I watched this nice 8ptr head my way. I weezed to call him in closer when suddenly I started feeling my heart just a thumping. He got withing spitting distance and got spooked by a squirrel. At this point he is about 20 yards away. I aimed took a deep breath and my finger hit the release on its own. So it went right under the belly. How do I stop buck fever?? Please help!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2014, 03:13 PM
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You don't! lol The more you hunt the better it gets. You just have to try to control your breathing, taking deep slow breathes helps. Good luck!!
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2014, 07:18 PM
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I was maybe the worst case of deer fever as it didn't matter doe or buck and I would shake so much I couldn't shoot. Each encounter will be easier, it's just a fact. Mind over matter, sound simple, but takes time in the field to control. Try to treat it as a puzzle, watching, waiting, no movement, scent control, and finally making a good shot when the time is right. Fill in the puzzle pieces will keep your mind doing something and not on the FEVER!!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-01-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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I don't know of any hunter that hasn't experienced buck fever. One hunter told me a long time ago how he got over buck fever, he said, instead of focusing on killing deer he spent a lot of time killing coyotes while hunting deer. He did end up killing a few coyotes and eventually killed his first deer he said that's what helped him.
I believe it boils down to time, it just eventually gets easier to control buck fever after time. Good Luck

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It happens to me every time to this day. I call it deer fever because it doesn't matter if it is a buck or Doe. When it starts I do as semohunter states I control my breathing & helps. I will say that when I stop getting deer fever it will be time for me to stop hunting it is that feeling that I love & really don't get anywhere else

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I will say that when I stop getting deer fever it will be time for me to stop hunting it is that feeling that I love & really don't get anywhere else
This probably isn't anything you'll ever hear me say.
After I had a heart surgery the medicines the Doctors put me on stopped me from getting an Adrenaline rush,
that totally killed the feeling of BuckFever, and of course I'm not saying go out to your Doctors and ask for medicines,
Personally, I hate taking ANY medicines but now I know that BuckFever is mainly the Anxiety/Rush that's associated with shooting the Deer.

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Bruce that would be a different circumstance.
I did mean if I didn't get naturally excited about the hunt
can't do much if medicines take that away

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Well first off, EVERYONE gets this. Heck I get the lump in the throat and increased heart beat when I'm about to harvest a doe. It happens. I have found what works best is to tell your self, DEEP breaths, deep breaths and try to slow your breathing down yourself. It has helped me alot. Even with all the experience in the world you will still get this... heck just watch any of Stan Potts videos on Youtube! :)

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