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#1084217 - 12/15/08 12:36 PM The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting
POSSUM HUNTER
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We left out Friday for the big uns and well it was just that that we ran into.

Spotted a feild fri. eve till dark and made a game plan for an all day hunt sat.

Wake up to a dull sun that has shadows casted across the yard

decided to go and atleast see if they were in the feilds and they in very few numbers butt mostly the wind had them laid down.

we go back to eat and regroup and try the mid after noon style huning, so back out we head. Get up the straightest poplar i have seen in some time. Get situated and check shooting lanes. here is where it gets interesting! I have a few shots out in the feild @ 25 yards, next back in front of me i have shots from 5-30 yards with very little interuptions. To the left there is on ly 2 Shots about 3 yards and about 45 yards thru brush ( and with the wind it just wasnt an opion). Now to the left- about 20 yards there is a o;d fence (same property on the other side before i get scolded) corner post and a thicket behind that with 3 shooting lanes out to about 35 yards and one just to the left of the post that is about 37 yards.

30 minutes after we are situated, get a text that deer are moving and my buddy is going to rattle. I reply COOL, in the distance and very lightly i can hear him rattling. shortly there after i hear a squack start barking look up in the thicket and here he comes, not running, not scared just in that looking for the bucks queitlymode (remember that gun season was last week. he aproaches around the ridge top in the thicket moving very meaningful thruogh the brush as to catch movement of the bucks behind the rattling. it takes 10 minutes for him to come down the little rise and he is looking and feeding now.

For those fortunate enought to hunt Ohio will know that a when i say he had a big body is an understatement!!!! rough guess would be 320 live weight had never in my life seen a deer with a body that big in my life. HE WAS HUGE. now to the head gear, HEAVY White horns possibly 10 butt i quit looking when i decided he was a shooter. For several minutes he stayed behind a little growth or clump that covered the vital shots i was comfortable with then at once he moves forward and i think hes comming. I prepair for a shot at 25 yards and he keeps easing towards the opening, he is lip curling and a little snotting butt still quite. as i begin to draw he stops abruptly and peers towards me ( now i am thinking oh PISS he has seen me, several long seconds go by and he moves forward again, he moves in to a shooting lane and stops with hs head and sholder in the lane and stays there for several minutes untill turning directly away and not spooked but just like he had wasted his time moved back into his thicket.

as i hang my head, sit down becouse i am seriously tore up, thanks the lord i got to see an absolute monster by Ohio standards i kept getting texts with several different statements like
" can you see that buck "
" look up at the ridge "

i finally settled down and sent him back " yes, i saw him i will be down at two"

as i watch him leave across the ridge noticing that he was everything that i thought he was just trying to get a clue of size my as honest as i have ever been in my life

conservitive guess would be 165

get down at 2 and head outthe corner back to where my buddy is up a tree and he is down and waiting for me, we discuss the situation and he could see the buck coming down the hill and when he turned to go back towards the ridge top.


later that evening a feller that lives down the road from said farm is talking with me and my buddy says come look at these pics my wife took last week.

It was him \:D 800 yards away from where i had seen him !!!!!!

as i was driving home yesterday couldnt help but think about him walking so perfectly right in and turning around to leave

I know that there are several folks and even my buddy said he would have shot butt didnt have a shot.

all in all had him at 27 yards for about 4 min. with 1 neck shot and he moved thru too fast to atempt that

thats the true UPS and DOWNS of hunting
first time in my life that i didnt shoot and felt good about it!
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#1084245 - 12/15/08 12:46 PM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: POSSUM HUNTER]
LCU
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If you are a bow hunter, the downs are sure to come with the ups.
An ethical bow shot on a giant doesn't happen often.
Sometimes it's best for you and the deer to pass it up and hope for another day. Sure beats just sticking in an arrow and trying against the odds to ever recover him.

Good story. Good luck.
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#1084506 - 12/15/08 02:08 PM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: ]
102
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The FIRST true GIANT buck I ever came to full draw on was a similar story.

It was Illinois in November in 2000. The first deer to approach my edge of pines stand were does. HUGE does. "jiggly', is what we call these mammoths. I got to full draw on one of the biggest, and held forever as soon as the MASSIVE "freak" buck caught my eye. He was hot on her trail.

LONG stiry short...this "wiener dog" looking buck (HUGE body, short legs), just would not give me anything but a neck shot. I passed. I have been blessed MANY times since with similar kills!

Bowhunting is a game of inches. Responsible ethical shots are a MUST! You did good!

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#1084907 - 12/15/08 04:55 PM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: 102]
NateUK
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Registered: 12/01/08
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Good story...That's why I love bow hunting. If he were to have walked into your lane, he'd have a place on your wall, and your pride would be sky high. Even though you didn't get him, you still know that you did everything right...and you can take pride in that.
It takes so much more to get that once in a lifetime buck with a bow than with a gun.

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#1086195 - 12/16/08 08:22 AM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: NateUK]
JeepKuntry
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Good story! With bowhunting, it's amazing sometimes the highs and lows you experience. With a neck shot, I wouldn't have attempted it either.
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#1086253 - 12/16/08 08:40 AM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: JeepKuntry]
Radar
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That's bowhunting , and that's why I love the sport so much . It makes you become a better hunter .
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#1089334 - 12/17/08 02:11 PM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: Radar]
LCU
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
That's bowhunting , and that's why I love the sport so much . It makes you become a better hunter .


Very true.
If you make bow kills, rifle hunting seems a lot easier.

I bow hunted a lot this season. The first Sat of ML I killed a doe at 25 yds,and felt a little guilty about it.

If you are a bow hunter you might understand this.
Since then I take my bow with my gun unless I get too lazy.
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#1089352 - 12/17/08 02:18 PM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: LCU]
LCU
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I know a guy that saw the largest buck of his life. The only shot he had was a butt shot,and he took it.

I look at it this way.
If you don't respect the sport of hunting and the animals you kill, at least respect yourself.

I have not been put to that test yet. I hope I pass it up if it does happen. Then kill him the next day with a broadside 2X lunger.
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Drenalin
Remington
Benelli
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It's all about the hunt.
Taking game is just a bonus.

It's the Indian,and not the Arrow.

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#1090320 - 12/18/08 04:04 AM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: LCU]
medwc
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Cool story.

A couple of years ago I also only had a neck shot on a BIG buck at LBL. This deer would have been over 130 easy. I didn't take the shot and waited and waited and he busted me , gone forever, never seen him again. The best 10 minutes of agony of my life. I cussed myself all the way back to the truck, then all the way to the house, then the next week or so and still, when I think about it now, I cuss myself. But that is just the way I am, it has to be a good shot, bow or gun.

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#1091307 - 12/18/08 04:23 PM Re: The Ups and Downs of Bowhunting [Re: medwc]
CamohunterAGAIN
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Gotta love bowhunting... I went out and bought a muzzleloader one year just cause i had a heavy racked nine get past me... It was ml season and there i stood with a bow and now he is 55yds out... went out the next day and got the gun... now i don't even use it... bigger thrill for me to get one with the bow..and if they get away then so be it... still tuff to think about that 55 yarder... but that is hunting
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