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well hunted 4 of the last five days. have seen two bucks and a doe but can not seem to compose myself well enough to take a good shot. Missed all three! Have only been hunting 3 years and this is the first year even seein a deer in the woods. Any suggestions how to help get composed?
 

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Sounds like you have the hard part wipped. that is seeing the deer and getting a shot. you are going to have to calm down a little, I have heard of buckfever but sheesh, take a breath.

Buy a paper target of a deer and practice placing you shot. When it is time to shoot you need to be focusing on an exact point on the deer to place the bullet. You can't just get deer in the sights and pull the triger. Like he said in the movie Patriot "aim small".

Also think about your form when shooting, aim, steady, slow squeeze on the trigger. If you are forgeting the slow squeeze and pulling to hard it can pull you way off target. Excersize: With the gun unloaded point the gun at your deer target and squeeze the trigger. Watch how easy it is to move the sights or cross hairs off the aim point. practice holding on the aim point while squeezing the trigger.

Don't get discouraged, you are getting closer to getting your deer.


1) Pratice shooting at a picture of a deer.
2) Aim small
3) squeeze the trigger slowly, when the gun fires it should take you by supprise.
 
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yes, don't aim at the deer. Aim at the spot on the deer you want the bullet to go. once you decide that's the deer you are going to shoot, don't think about anything but that spot....and of course the safety stuff like back drop and so on.
 

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get closer...I shot two deer with the muzzleloader this year one was at 4 yards and the other like 10 or so. It is nearly impossible to miss a deer at that distance.
 

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sounds like you need more range time
 

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The good news is that everything you are experiencing is normal. What others have said is right, you'll have to learn to pick a spot, calm your nerves, by telling yourself this time I'm relaxed and going to do it. Don't jerk the trigger, squeeze through the shot. Concentrate on the shot placement and put the rest of the deer out of your mind. You will do it right. If you weren't nervous I be concerned that you had ice in your viens. After nearly 40 years hunting deer I still get nervous when their in close range and bowhunting. Each time you encounter deer you will get a bit more relaxed, no question about it. Good luck, relax, and enjoy your hunting.
 

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Well said above me.... Dont forget to breathe..

All of our hearts get to pumping when we are watching and considering taking wild game.. Take some deep breathes and calm yourself for the shot..

I have calmed myself for the shot before and then been shaking so bad after the shot from sheer jubilation that im scared to start getting outta my stand.

The more time you spend in the woods watching the deer the more relaxed and accustomed you will become to the experience. The thrill is still there, you just know how to contain it until after the job is done.
 

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well squezzing the trigger is a huge part of actually killing the deer which has been said over and over. I have been hunting since I was 9 years old but not until last year have I truly learned how to squeeze the trigger one of my good friends taught me about how bad I was really jerking the trigger he put a shell I had already shot in the chamber while I went and checked the target I moved my scope and got ready to shoot I jerked threw my head and by all the time the guy is laughing so I finally realized I had a problem I started shooting and made my self look through the scope until 3 seconds after I shoot this has helped alot and I haven't missed a deer with any gun yet since this. Knock on wood.... before I missed 4 does and a 10 point the biggest deer I have ever seen while hunting. besides this you need to be comfortable with what you are shooting.
 

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classic case of buckfever. my first time seeing a deer in the woods i had buckfever so bad that i couldnt even raise my rifle to shoot. so dont feel bad it happens to everyone but like the others have said take your time, aim, squeeze the trigger.
 

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yes take your time on your shot practice a lot i have been hunting since i was nine ive missed a couple of deer because i flinched then when you shoot know excactly where they are standing and mark stuff they run by to check for blood and if your hunting with a black powder(muzzleloader)
look and see if you see any hair where they were standing most of the time you will find blood if you find hair am I right other hunters?
 

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Thats a good rule regardless of weapon used. Sometimes travel path is the only thing you have to track by. Its always good to visually mark the escape route as it will help in the tracking/recovery.
 

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when i shoot, whether it be on the range or in the woods, i always try and hear the "click" of the trigger when i'm squeezing. doesn't matter what you are shooting, squeeze the trigger trying to hear the click of the hammer falling. and like putting in golf, keep your head down until after the shot.
 
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