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#3509310 - 12/20/13 02:37 PM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: Snake]
Brisco Darlin
10 Point

Registered: 04/24/12
Posts: 3466
Loc: East Tn.

not looking around before i leaned my rifle up against a tree. was taking a leak and looked up in time to see two white flags.
It's best to just let him finish.

#3510868 - 12/21/13 08:19 PM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: Brisco Darlin]
8 Point

Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 1709
Loc: Collierville

I always screw up the first hunt of the year. It's like I totally forget everything from one year to the other. Things like forgetting a pull up rope, making a ton of noise, sweating like a hog etc...

Made another mistake yesterday. Came out of the woods and took off my face mask and gloves (lightweight for concealment) and I threw them on my hitch hauler. I said to myself, don't put them there because you'll forget them and drive off with them on there. Neglected my own advice and while I was putting some stuff away, it occurred to me that my gloves and mask are probably laying along some dirt road in Fayette County

#3511152 - 12/22/13 01:15 AM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: TNRifleman]
8 Point

Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 2051
Loc: alabama

Glad I am not the only person that makes mistakes . Reading y'all's makes me feel some what better about walking up on a 20" wide mature deer with in 40 yards only to miss and jam my gun on the follow up shot, guy hunting the property next to ours killed him 3 weeks later . He was a 19 3/4 spread 8 point 4 years old 130 ish buck , other than that I was way to lazy to hunt days I could have and so out of shape I over hunted the stands that are easy to climb and get to way to much. But all in all I have been very blessed , took my largest bow buck this year and my best m/l buck as well.
#3511157 - 12/22/13 01:29 AM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: gatodoc]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17592
Loc: Franklin TN

1) shot some of the first does in a couple of spots intended for rut hunting. During the rut too

2) walking too much in thicket where the buck I'm chasing likes to hide during rut

can't think of any more at the moment, but I have enjoyed every kill even though I probably screwed my best chances at a decent buck.

At this point I am debating whether or not it's worth letting every deer walk in hopes the big boy shows up. I go by "shoot what makes you happy" so I guess I will see how things go.

It's funny how I can be taught and learn something and know it well... like don't shoot does during the rut because bucks may follow. then I go and shoot the first does I see when the rut is going good. I can be trigger happy. Some things take actual experience to learn even though you can already learn the concept beforehand. When you realize you pretty much missed out on the rut and then realize you were shooting the first deer that came in then you really learn. Next year will do things differently but this year will still enjoy the woods and might kill a couple more does if I can.

#3511158 - 12/22/13 01:32 AM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: Snake]
8 Point

Registered: 09/01/12
Posts: 1785
Loc: Milan, TN

I should've moved to a different area earlier on since I was seeing zero deer. I also should've gotten to the woods sooner a couple times.
Semper Fi

Just because it's bad-a** don't mean it's a good idea.

#3511252 - 12/22/13 07:29 AM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: DirtyBear0311]

Registered: 11/07/13
Posts: 66
Loc: White House, TN

Got into the woods a little later than planned one morning and skipped the step of scenting down and we payed for it as a big buck was nudging does thru a thicket at our "community scrape stand" and just as I caught a glimpse of him a doe winded us and the whole woods knew we were there
#3511733 - 12/22/13 03:35 PM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: catman529]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

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

 Originally Posted By: catman529
It's funny how I can be taught and learn something and know it well... like don't shoot does during the rut because bucks may follow. then I go and shoot the first does I see when the rut is going good. I can be trigger happy. Some things take actual experience to learn even though you can already learn the concept beforehand.

I promise you catman529, some things are just hard to learn WELL. I think it's just individual personality. Like you, I'm a tad trigger-happy. I have a VERY difficult time passing up the first shooter buck of the season. I've worked so hard all year, and looked at thousands of trail cam pics so many times, that I get ultra-jazzed at the beginning of the season. The first older buck I see for the season kicks my kill instincts into high gear. I can't tell you how many times I've instinctively shot the first older buck I see for the season only to immediately think, "Oops, I shouldn't have done that!" And I NEVER seem to learn that lesson WELL.
"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

#3511811 - 12/22/13 04:55 PM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: BSK]
4 Point

Registered: 10/14/00
Posts: 433
Loc: Huron, TN, USA

Drink too much coffee and then fidget, fidget, fidget.
#3511865 - 12/22/13 05:38 PM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: Swampster]
8 Point

Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 1000
Loc: powell , Tennessee

Need to Hunt, even when dad can't go
Get busy living.... Get busy dying

Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding

#3512312 - 12/22/13 11:05 PM Re: This Seasons Mistakes [Re: Backstrapcrazy]
4 Point

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

-Put my stands up too early in the summer and had one stolen.
-Overhunted my private spot
-Didn't scout public ground nearly enough this year
-Passed on a buck several times thinking he was young only to find out later he was a mature deer.
-Didn't hit some of the different WMA's that I told myself I would.
-Never put my bow down. Probably need to kill one with my muzzleloader.

Other than that, it's been a great year so far. Pulled the trigger with the bow 3 times and all three were clean kills. 2 were from public ground; my first since moving to TN. Killed a mature buck from my private spot and let a ton of young bucks walk. I can't complain.

Edited by Pinwheeled (12/22/13 11:06 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling

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