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#3035447 - 11/15/12 08:11 PM To the Bowhunters
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Do you feel bad when you start carrying a ML or rifle? Does it almost feel that you are cheating?

I bought my first ML this year and put it away the last few days to bowhunt. Having the bow back in my hand put a smile on my face. I will admit that I could have killed a mid 130s 10pt tuesday if I had taken the ML, but for some reason it hasn't bothered me that I took the bow.

I do like taking advantage of the rifle in the late season to kill does to get processed, but other than that it isn't very rewarding.

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#3035456 - 11/15/12 08:14 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: ]
Redfred16
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I'd have to say yes, it feels like I've gone into "easy mode" when gun season rolls around. I was going to try to bow hunt anyways, but my past few hunts, the deer seem to be moving quicker and are alot more alert, so going back to gun to fill the freezer and break the Tennessee ice.
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#3035457 - 11/15/12 08:14 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: ]
Southern Sportsman
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At times. To remedy that, if I'm hunting in the woods, I try to take both my bow and my muzzleloader, assuming I don't have a really long walk. I then proceed to "bow hunt" but have my MZ hanging on a hook beside me, just in case.
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#3035458 - 11/15/12 08:14 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: ]
smstone22
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Yep it does feel that way. I still cant get myself to put it away though. I suspect someday Ill go bow only, but its the hunts where you go deep in the mountains this time of year with no tree stands that get me to pick up the gun, just not practical to bow hunt that situation.
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#3035459 - 11/15/12 08:14 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: ]
Swole Neck
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To answer your questions - no and no.
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#3035463 - 11/15/12 08:18 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: ]
TNDeerGuy
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I do, but yet I don't at the same time. Normally I go all year with just bow, unless I just feel the absolute desire to clobber one with a bullet, or I am just not on the deer and every deer I have had around me has been just out of bowrangeŚlike this year. I have switched to the bang stick until my freezer gets stocked back up to a more comfortable level instead of empty like it has been.
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#3035470 - 11/15/12 08:20 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Redfred16]
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 Originally Posted By: Redfred16
I'd have to say yes, it feels like I've gone into "easy mode" when gun season rolls around. I was going to try to bow hunt anyways, but my past few hunts, the deer seem to be moving quicker and are alot more alert, so going back to gun to fill the freezer and break the Tennessee ice.
I know how you feel on the "easy mode". I find myself caring less about scent control and playing the wind. I don't climb random trees to get closer to the action. I just sit back in a ladder stand or a blind and relax and wait. Just makes for a different feeling when you kill one.


Edited by Dawson (11/15/12 08:21 PM)

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#3035479 - 11/15/12 08:23 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: TNDeerGuy]
catman529
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Well it's my first year bow hunting and I am looking forward to gun season, and also have a bow-only spot I can hunt and will do so all season. I will take the gun to public land and some private land as well but ill say the bow has been the most rewarding way to kill a deer, even though I've only kilt one deer with a gun (my first deer ever, last year). Looking forward to taking both the gun and the bow into the woods soon.
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#3035488 - 11/15/12 08:28 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Well it's my first year bow hunting and I am looking forward to gun season, and also have a bow-only spot I can hunt and will do so all season. I will take the gun to public land and some private land as well but ill say the bow has been the most rewarding way to kill a deer, even though I've only kilt one deer with a gun (my first deer ever, last year). Looking forward to taking both the gun and the bow into the woods soon.
I will pose another question for you. Do you feel that if every deer hunter took the time to learn how to consistently get into bow range of deer it would make them see hunting differently? Do you think it would make them more selective in what they shoot?

I think it would be a good experience and reward for every hunter to take at least 1 deer with a bow.

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#3035547 - 11/15/12 08:53 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: ]
Mossy Oak
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Yes. I killed a 9 point last week during the KY gun opener and I got less of a rush from if than either of the does I killed this year with a bow. I plan on bow hunting this weekend.
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#3035589 - 11/15/12 09:12 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Mossy Oak]
Spikes
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Usually when I'm bow hunting I am wishing I had my rifle.
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#3035593 - 11/15/12 09:17 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Spikes]
Treestand Troubadour
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its kinda odd but ive only killed deer with a bow, aint got nothin against rifle huntin, i just like my stick n string
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#3035594 - 11/15/12 09:17 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Spikes]
Rockhound
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Im there to kill deer its the same rush to me regardless so when i can im sending hot lead downrange
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#3035771 - 11/16/12 05:23 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Rockhound]
m.Creek
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I feel the same way. I've only killed a handful of deer with a rifle and mz. The rest had been with a bow. I've seen my biggest buck to date a few years back on opening day of rifle season, he was about 75 yards away and had his nose to the ground and grunting every step, but I had by bow, so all I could do its watch and how he came a little closer. I wouldn't change a thing about that hunt though.

My son killed his first deer this year, and he shot it with his bow, so he doesn't even want to gun hunt this year, it's all about bow hunting for him. So I'm going to take him with his bow as much as I can and let him do his thing.

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#3035775 - 11/16/12 05:28 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Southern Sportsman]
htnseymour
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 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
At times. To remedy that, if I'm hunting in the woods, I try to take both my bow and my muzzleloader, assuming I don't have a really long walk. I then proceed to "bow hunt" but have my MZ hanging on a hook beside me, just in case.


Not TWRA, but I think it is illegal to carry two weapons into the woods. I am pretty sure you can't have a bow and a gun.
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#3035785 - 11/16/12 05:39 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: htnseymour]
bowriter
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For some reason, even when I made the bulk of my living whether directly or indirectly by bowhunting, I was never that constipated. I never felt a piece of equipment relegated a hunter.
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#3035849 - 11/16/12 06:41 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: htnseymour]
browtines
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 Originally Posted By: htnseymour
 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
At times. To remedy that, if I'm hunting in the woods, I try to take both my bow and my muzzleloader, assuming I don't have a really long walk. I then proceed to "bow hunt" but have my MZ hanging on a hook beside me, just in case.


Not TWRA, but I think it is illegal to carry two weapons into the woods. I am pretty sure you can't have a bow and a gun.



It is legal to carry both weapons in the great state of tn...
Thank you TWRA...
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#3035857 - 11/16/12 06:48 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: htnseymour]
BigGameGuy
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 Originally Posted By: htnseymour
 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
At times. To remedy that, if I'm hunting in the woods, I try to take both my bow and my muzzleloader, assuming I don't have a really long walk. I then proceed to "bow hunt" but have my MZ hanging on a hook beside me, just in case.


Not TWRA, but I think it is illegal to carry two weapons into the woods. I am pretty sure you can't have a bow and a gun.


You obviously can't carry a gun when it's archery only season but it's perfectly legal to carry two (or more) legal weapons when gun season is open.
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#3035859 - 11/16/12 06:55 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: BigGameGuy]
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My first several years of hunting were bow only. I feel like my learning curve was tremendous. I started using a Mzl last season and this season will be my first with a rifle. Bowhunting taught me how to set up tight and almost all my Mzl kills are inside 25 yards, usually 12-15. I don't feel like I'm cheating, I feel like I am growing as a hunter. I just needed to learn how to hunt first and bowhunting was the best way for me.
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#3035942 - 11/16/12 08:03 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Poser]
jakeway
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I've killed approximately half of my deer with bow, but I'm getting more and more enjoyment out of center fire rifle hunting. Part of it is I'm now hand loading four different calibers, and a few different bullets in each, and I want to compare the effectiveness of them. Also I love still hunting on windy days when all the leaves are down. In many ways that's more challenging than sitting in a well-concealed stand with a bow. Sure, you can shoot a deer farther with a rifle, but the deer can see you for a long ways from all directions.

Still hunting with a bow may be the ultimate challenge, but I'm not ready for that full time. Ironically my first ever bow kill was one I snuck up on and shot from the ground while walking to my stand. That was early season, though, with lots of leaves and ground cover to hide behind.

I'm seriously considering not bow hunting at all next year.
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#3035947 - 11/16/12 08:06 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Poser]
Urban_Hunter
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I think bow hunting is exponentially more rewarding... even if it is a doe. I also think that people who are successful bow hunters hunt entirely different from people who have never bow hunted before.
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#3035972 - 11/16/12 08:21 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Urban_Hunter]
nate17
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I think ive killed one deer with a gun in the last 5 years. Im gonna go all out gun this year and not feel bad about it at all lol.

I suspect at some point during gun season ill start feeling bad tho and this kill some stuff phase will pass and ill break the bow back out...

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#3036006 - 11/16/12 08:32 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
Bowhunting taught me how to set up tight and almost all my Mzl kills are inside 25 yards, usually 12-15.

Same here. I often chuckle to myself as I climb into a set with my 7mag topped with a 4-12 scope and the deer pops out 21 yards away. At this point it's almost 2nd nature to scout, hang stands, and hunt like a bowhunter vs. a gun hunter. I think I'm just wired that way.

If I were able to tally the cumulative number of hours bow vs. gun hunting over the years it'd be like 70/30. I just prefer to bowhunt (sometimes even when firearms seasons are open).

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#3036065 - 11/16/12 08:57 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Boll Weevil]
JGreg
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Bow hunting is my passion. I do use guns, but the thrill is not there, with a gun, see deer shot deer go home. With a bow, see deer start preparing wait on perfect angle try to control shakes draw wait in last step let deer walk off not right shot sit back down and smile.
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#3036214 - 11/16/12 10:23 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: JGreg]
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It feels more like hunting with a bow....it feels like target shooting with a gun
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#3036229 - 11/16/12 10:34 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: TN Whitetail Freak]
woodsman87
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I like hunting with a bow more because it feels more rewarding, but I can't make myself take the bow when I have option of rifle when the deer are rutting. Never know when a big one will be just out of range.
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#3036266 - 11/16/12 10:57 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: jakeway]
clinchmtnboy7
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I really loved bowhunting, when i hunted private land.(farms) Now I live in a new state and private land is hard to get access. I now only hunt cherokee and jefferson national forest. I love the all day still hunts deep in the mountains with the rifles and crossbow. Bowhunting these places is really not feasable. I probably miss practicing with the bow more than hunting with it.
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#3036451 - 11/16/12 01:25 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: jakeway]
JeepKuntry
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No. I mainly hunt public land, so I want to have the best odds of killing in my hand.
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#3039334 - 11/18/12 07:25 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: JeepKuntry]
Pinwheeled
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I have no desire what so ever to gun hunt. I've killed two with a rifle, inlcuding my biggest, and it simply didn't do anything for me.
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#3039402 - 11/18/12 07:58 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Pinwheeled]
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I had to use a muzzle loader during gun only hunt in Illinois this past weekend. I shot a buck but the thrill was certainly not the same. Glad to have the bow back in my hand. I agree with others in that bow hunting does improve your skills tremendously.
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