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  • Birthday 01/24/1985

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  1. I did my first sit of the season yesterday evening. I was trying to stay out of the woods until early November, but I couldn’t resist the urge any longer. I ended up seeing two deer, a little 4 pt who was accompanied by a doe. I decided to let them both walk as they were just outside of my comfortable shooting range. The buck slowly made his way past me without noticing I was there. Unfortunately the doe didn’t do the same, she must’ve caught my scent. She spent the next 30 minutes staring in my directing, with the occasional foot stomp. This situation got me thinking about a few things. When you spook a deer while in the stand, how long do you try and let that stand rest before trying it again? To give you an idea of what I’m working with, I hunt on about 20 acres, surrounded by big woods. Deer density is pretty low. I can count on one hand the number of deer I’ve killed with a bow. All shots have been taken when the deer didn’t know I was there. Is it common to shoot deer while they’re in this spooked state, where they know you’re there or even perhaps looking at you? In this scenario I feel like there would be high risk for the deer to jump or duck the arrow. Curious of people opinions and experiences when it comes to this. Thanks
  2. Hey guys, I've been hunting a thickish 18 acre property for the past few seasons. More often than not I'll spook deer while walking to my stand in the am. The doe's tend to bed down with their fawns during the early morning. I'm wondering if any of you have a similar issue and if so, what do you do? Continue to hunt mornings and disregard bumping doe's? Or just focus on hunting afternoon and evenings?
  3. I'm hoping this guy sticks around til Oct 1st. I'm not used to seeing decent sized bucks on my property, just alot of doe and their fawns. Note - The time on my camera is four hours ahead, so it's really 6:10am.
  4. So I ended up waiting 6 hours to track my deer. The blood trail wasn't great, it was difficult to track at times. After about an hour of tracking I ended up bumping the deer. He ran up a steep hill, about 70 yards and out of sight. He looked pretty healthy still, so I decided to back out and give him more time. I went out first thing this morning and was able to recover him. Unfortunately, during the night the coyotes got to him a little bit on the hind leg. I made some mistakes that I'm pretty disappointed about, but I will definitely learn from this. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Just shot my first deer with a bow, a buck. What an intense experience. The arrow was a complete pass through, blood smelled a little like a cow barn. I backed out and am giving it a few hours. Hopefully it died quickly.
  6. I'm on team Muddy as well, easy to put on, tough and comfortable.
  7. Interesting responses, thanks everybody! Seems about 60/40 pro face mask.
  8. I'm curious to what you guys choose to wear when bowhunting from a tree stand. Do you wear a face mask or face paint, or just nothing at all except a hat? I was at the store today and I couldn't decide whether or not it was worth spending $30 for a face mask. What do you guys think? Thanks!
  9. Hey guys, Just curious to what gear you guys pack in your backpack when you go in the woods for an all day sit.
  10. I hunt in South Otselic and I'm looking for a processor in the area of Otselic, Sherburne/Norwich area. If anyone can recommend a guy I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Justin
  11. I just picked up the Montec G5(100g) last night, I've heard good things about them.
  12. I have the same gun, I love it. For target practice I usually just shoot federal power shock (150 g). For hunting purposes I used fusion (150g).
  13. It's just about gaining a little more confidence like you said. Thanks for the reply.
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