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#3035589 - 11/15/12 09:12 PM Re: To the Bowhunters [Re: Mossy Oak]
Spikes
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Loc: Clarksville TN

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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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Registered: 11/11/11
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Loc: Carter County

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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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Registered: 04/04/11
Posts: 3091
Loc: Lawrence Co. TN

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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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Registered: 08/11/00
Posts: 2308
Loc: Georgetown, TN

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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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Registered: 09/26/11
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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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Registered: 05/14/04
Posts: 6642
Loc: Nashville

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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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Mud Dauber
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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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Registered: 11/22/99
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Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

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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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