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#3498353 - 12/12/13 10:13 PM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: timberjack86]
4 Point

Registered: 11/13/10
Posts: 335
Loc: Bradley County, TN

The most difficult way for me has been discovered this year. Seen a pile of deer especially bucks, but I have been trying to keep standards late in the game and it is hard to do.This year in the woods has been difficult
#3498360 - 12/12/13 10:21 PM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: timberjack86]
12 Point

Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 6513
Loc: loudon

Spear chunking
William G Kollock

#3498398 - 12/12/13 11:18 PM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: WGK]
10 Point

Registered: 08/21/12
Posts: 3542
Loc: maury county tn

pressure is the number one reason people don't have success imo. not paying attention to details going in the wrong time of the year, running trail cameras in places they don't need to be checking them all the time, wind, going into bedding areas, the list goes on and on. it will make a killable deer into a none killable deer very quick. and deer sighting will go down like crazy.

#3498405 - 12/12/13 11:55 PM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: deerhunter10]
6 Point

Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 786
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

Punching it.
No hunt is all skill. If not for a little luck, no one would hunt.

#3498408 - 12/13/13 12:57 AM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: jlmustain]
6 Point

Registered: 12/01/12
Posts: 918
Loc: Columbia,TN

With a lead pipe in the billiard room.
#3498509 - 12/13/13 06:10 AM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: BigPete357]
10 Point

Registered: 08/24/06
Posts: 3180
Loc: Lewisburg, Tn

From work or the couch either will keep em safe
Team Run 'N Gunners

#3498516 - 12/13/13 06:13 AM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: 102]
Wes Parrish
16 Point

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

 Originally Posted By: 102
What makes a deer, any deer, the hardest most challenging deer to kill?


 Originally Posted By: 102
And does your choice of gun or bow make it more or less of a challenge?

Depends on the hunter, where he's hunting, when he's hunting, how much he's hunting, as well as the AGE of the deer being hunted. Is it easier to kill a yearling buck with a bow or a mature buck with a gun? Just depends.

IMO, an accomplished hunter often has it easier to kill an older buck via bowhunting (assuming he's reasonably proficient in archery).

Via archery-only season segments, archery hunters typically get the first annual opportunities to hunt most places that allow hunting. And while I say "they", please take it as "we", because I see no reason to divide us farther into "bow" hunters vs. "gun" hunters, we're simply hunters. But not only do we get the first annual hunting opportunities at undisturbed deer, but in many states (such as Illinois and Kentucky), over twice as many days to hunt "archery only" vs with any gun.

Let's also keep in mind that many if not most of the accomplished hunters either are, or have been, hunters who choose to use archery equipment. Typically, most hunters' choice of weapon is related to whatever he feels gives him the greatest opportunity at the time, not necessarily the greatest challenge.

Some states even force the hunter to make a pre-season choice of either hunting the year "archery only" or "gun only". In these states, I believe most of the better hunters (at least those who have lots of days available to go hunting) are going to choose archery only, mainly because it gives them more opportunity, not more challenge.

When we're willing to use archery equipment instead of a gun, we often get the very best opportunities in terms of places to hunt that are never gun hunted. A prime example would be many public hunting areas (such as President Island WMA and major portions of the Oak Ridge WMA), as well as many private and public properties that have deemed the hunting "archery only" due to either political correctness and/or legitimate safety concerns.

Not to mention, I've seen many people (including myself) gain exclusive hunting privileges on great private properties that didn't previously allow any hunting, simply by stating "will not hunt with a gun", or "I only hunt with a bow".

So I would say whether it's more difficult to kill a deer with a bow or gun depends greatly on the situation and the hunter. All things being equal, of course it's a greater challenge to take any deer with a bow than with a gun. Few comparisons are equal, and we're often comparing apples to oranges regarding bowhunting vs. gun hunting. Meanwhile, most avid hunters are just that, avid hunters who use whatever is the most effective weapon among their choices, commonly pursuing a different hunting challenge than those who may be more enthusiasts for the weapon than the hunt.

Some people are more into shooting than hunting, while hunting typically involves shooting. Those more enthused with shooting will typically hunt differently and have different hunting goals than those who are more enthused with hunting, regardless of the weapon. Some are more enthused with archery, some with flintlock muzzleloaders. To each their own.

There's plenty of room for all our preferences, and we all are hunters.

#3498591 - 12/13/13 07:24 AM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: Wes Parrish]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

What are the most difficult deer to kill? Older Southeastern deer under intense hunting pressure in low visibility habitat.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3498614 - 12/13/13 07:43 AM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: Poleaxe]
16 Point

Registered: 06/22/06
Posts: 13827
Loc: Benton tn. Polk Co.

 Originally Posted By: Poleaxe
Any deer that won't stand still behind the light.

I hate when that happens.
You done tooken a wrong turn.

#3498625 - 12/13/13 07:50 AM Re: What/how is the most difficult way to kill a deer? [Re: KENBOB10]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

Yep, an old fully mature buck living in heavily wooded areas, that are under intense hunting pressure, with a bow!
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