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#3035947 - 11/16/12 08:06 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Poser]
8 Point

Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 1717
Loc: TN

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.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

You're never to old to learn something stupid.

#3035972 - 11/16/12 08:21 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Urban_Hunter]
8 Point

Registered: 08/06/09
Posts: 1246
Loc: Missouri

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...

#3036006 - 11/16/12 08:32 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Poser]
Boll Weevil
8 Point

Registered: 06/26/11
Posts: 1332
Loc: Hardeman

 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).

#3036065 - 11/16/12 08:57 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Boll Weevil]
4 Point

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 183
Loc: Gallatin, TN

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.
#3036214 - 11/16/12 10:23 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: JGreg]
TN Whitetail Freak
8 Point

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 1942
Loc: Bradford, TN (Gibson Co.)

It feels more like hunting with a feels like target shooting with a gun
Crossbows should be for the handicap only!

Life's Not Handed To Ya; Go Get It.

Sure, the rut is a GREAT time to hunt if you don't know what you're doing!

#3036229 - 11/16/12 10:34 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: TN Whitetail Freak]
8 Point

Registered: 09/27/12
Posts: 1326
Loc: south TN

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.
#3036266 - 11/16/12 10:57 AM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: jakeway]

Registered: 09/30/10
Posts: 52
Loc: tenn.

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.
#3036451 - 11/16/12 01:25 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: jakeway]
16 Point

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 14771
Loc: Clinton, TN

No. I mainly hunt public land, so I want to have the best odds of killing in my hand.
Greg Cooper

#3039334 - 11/18/12 07:25 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: JeepKuntry]
4 Point

Registered: 09/19/11
Posts: 175
Loc: Nashville, TN

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.
#3039402 - 11/18/12 07:58 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Pinwheeled]
6 Point

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 798
Loc: east & west tn

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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