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#3307823 - 07/31/13 03:12 PM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: de novo]
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
#3 you are a halfway decent shot - then you too can be a consistent big buck hunter.


If you're deer hunting, you need to be a great shot within your comfort zone. "halfway decent" will not cut it. "Halfway decent" wounds animals.
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#3308199 - 07/31/13 08:24 PM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: bowriter]
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Opportunity is king. Opportunity is the number one job of the consistent hunter. If a hunter doesn't have access to the deer they're after, it really doesn't matter how they hunt.

When people other than the hunter know of big deer and enjoy the company of the hunter, they tell them and if possible allow them access to the deer.

This is the case in my life. Because of my relationships with others I've even been invited to stay with people who are anti hunters so I can hunt. A guy round here always shoots big bucks, he manages properties that allow him access to the deer. Opportunity!
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#3308210 - 07/31/13 08:32 PM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: -DRM-]
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 Originally Posted By: -DRM-
Access & time - yep, I'd say that condenses it down to pretty much the basics.





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#3308267 - 07/31/13 09:05 PM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: nodog]
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I have hunted the most prime area in TN and killed a mature buck every year with little effort. For goodness sake, I was 15-18 years old. But we got kicked off that lease killing 115-150" deer every year for that 4 years. The lease "managers" wanted money from people that wouldn't hunt much. We hunted consistently and when they saw us driving out of the gate one morning (my dad and I) with a 115" and 150" deer killed 45 minutes apart within 100 yards of each other, they kicked us off. I hunted every weekend and every day I got out of football practice (high school). I killed a number or deer between 120-130" from that place and missed/couldnt find numerous others. From 2002 till this day, I have hunted Hickman county. Not only are there not as big of deer there as there are in Williamson, but these specific deer just don't grow nearly as big of deer, nor the numbers of mature deer. That's unfortunate to me. Personally, I feel I have 3/4 the skill to do that consistently, but I don't have the hunting area, nor the mature buck numbers to do that where I hunt now....Not to mention the time! I work in the corporate world and cant get out when I NEED to. There is nothing I can do about that. That's why in whatever post I stated previously, it is #1 where you hunt, #2 flexibility on time and #3 being there when it matters.
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#3308297 - 07/31/13 09:26 PM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: Master Chief]
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 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
 Originally Posted By: de novo
#3 you are a halfway decent shot - then you too can be a consistent big buck hunter.


If you're deer hunting, you need to be a great shot within your comfort zone. "halfway decent" will not cut it. "Halfway decent" wounds animals.


If you like to think it takes a great shot to hit an animal the size of a calf at 50 yards with a rifle then so be it.
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#3308317 - 07/31/13 09:45 PM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: de novo]
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
 Originally Posted By: de novo
#3 you are a halfway decent shot - then you too can be a consistent big buck hunter.


If you're deer hunting, you need to be a great shot within your comfort zone. "halfway decent" will not cut it. "Halfway decent" wounds animals.


If you like to think it takes a great shot to hit an animal the size of a calf at 50 yards with a rifle then so be it.


I never said you needed to be a great shot. I said you better be a greet shot in your comfort zone.

If you're a halfway decent shot at 30yrds keep it to 20. If you miss the the region of you're target that is representative of the vitals every one out of ten, you don't need to shoot at an animal at that distance.
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#3308512 - 08/01/13 07:14 AM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: de novo]
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
If you like to think it takes a great shot to hit an animal the size of a calf at 50 yards with a rifle then so be it.


I sure know a TON of hunters that can't do it WELL consistently.
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#3308557 - 08/01/13 07:47 AM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: de novo
If you like to think it takes a great shot to hit an animal the size of a calf at 50 yards with a rifle then so be it.


I sure know a TON of hunters that can't do it WELL consistently.


Completely agree BSK. Many people who hunt deer (and many other animals) have no clue about shooting, even at 50 yards. Every season, know or meet someone who has "killed deer at 300, 400, or 500 yards, one guy claims to have killed a doe on the run at 350 yards" but they manage to miss multiple times each season or wound an animal that they hit perfectly that is never found.


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#3308624 - 08/01/13 08:40 AM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: Headhunter]
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I agree Headhunter. I know a bunch of true marksmen off a bench that can't hit a live moving deer off-hand to save their lives.
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#3308767 - 08/01/13 11:07 AM Re: Profiling (consistent) Big Buck Hunters [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: de novo
If you like to think it takes a great shot to hit an animal the size of a calf at 50 yards with a rifle then so be it.


I sure know a TON of hunters that can't do it WELL consistently.


And I know several small kids and wives/girlfriends of hunters who have little practice and have accomplished this feat more than once.
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