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Title: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Terry Green on December 02, 2004, 11:16:00 PM
OK...we all know that animals certianly seem to have a 6th sense...but what about bowhunters?

Have you ever experienced it?

Like when something blatantly taps you on the shoulder an makes you look left and the animal is there?....or stops you from taking another step for no apparant reason and the animal appears?...or makes you really sneak over the next ridgeline when you really didn't over the last 3 and you got a shot?...or when you knew without a shadow of a doubt that something was in that bottom this time and there was?
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Mudfeather on December 02, 2004, 11:19:00 PM
Hey Terry, Mainly I experience that feeling when I'm doing something wrong and my WIFE is watching!!!!  :scared:
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: C. Lacey on December 02, 2004, 11:28:00 PM
That's called "Common sense" oh Muddy-one-knobe.  Always pays for you fellas to listen to that 'feeling'.  haha

Terry's talking about the 'wee folk' that like to come hunting with us....or am I the only crazy one they follow around and play mischief on?

Cher  :cool:
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Littlefeather on December 02, 2004, 11:29:00 PM
:thumbsup:     You know it!!!
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: C. Lacey on December 03, 2004, 12:15:00 AM
Darn, you've reminded me...better start uping the practice time.
There's not much to worry about in our bush - least nothing that's going to go eating you just for fun.
Was stiring Ed one time about people using tree-stands (some down here use ground blinds but most just still-stalk from what I hear).  Anyway, said I'd LOVE to go stalk up on a Bear some time and asked why I didn't hear of many actually STALKING them..
His reply?
Told me about the big Kodiak Bear he had some fun with one time - apparently it was more 'interested' in Ed than Ed was in him.
Also said that it didn't matter if you were in a tree or on the ground - a bear will put the chill in you every time.
...and tells me I've got MUCH MORE PRACTICING to do before he lets me loose in your neck of the woods.

So, for all my joshing lads, I'll willingly toe the line and do as you say should I be so lucky to come hunting with you.  Reckon my legs look just fine and I've no desire to have lil holes poked in them...or me.

So, you lads be sure to listen to the wee folk when they're talking to you.

hunt hard.

Cher  :cool:
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Mark Baker on December 03, 2004, 12:26:00 AM
Several times I've reacted barely in time to repel a great-horned owl swooping in on me in the pre-dawn darkness.   Just had a "feeling", cause I could'nt see or hear the dang thing.  If you've never had happen, then your missing out on one truly adrenalin charged experience, let me tell ya.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: buckracks7 on December 03, 2004, 02:06:00 AM
It's hard for me to tell cause I'm constantly looking around.

John, you make me feel sane. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: AZStickman on December 03, 2004, 07:39:00 AM
Absolutely.....Usually take me about a day or two out in the woods to shake off the trappings of day to day living in town and get into the rythm of the woods and start going on instinct.... Those lil hunches are rarely wrong if ya learn to listen to em.... Terry
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: the Ferret on December 03, 2004, 07:51:00 AM
This ties in nicely to an article I wrote one time called "Animal Magnetism". I'll have to dig it out and scan it for you, but the basic premise is animals are attracted TO us so that we can kill them, otherwise our ancestors would have starved a million years ago.

Mark Bakers example is perfect, as is Lance's and Tom's. Of all the places in the whole wide world these animals/birds could have walked or flown why do they end up in/under the EXACT tree that we are in?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: JC on December 03, 2004, 08:16:00 AM
I mainly see it while deer hunting on a stand: I'll be looking in a particular direction and for some unknown reason my gaze will linger there....a deer just appears right where I was looking. Very cool feeling. Happens sometimes when hog hunting too...sometimes you're lookin through the brush and all of a sudden there's a hog. It's happened enough times that I know it's not coincidence.

Then of course there's the times when you say "that's jes those damn squirrels playin behind me again" and it turns out to be a 8pt.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Bill Carlsen on December 03, 2004, 09:51:00 AM
It's amazing how much time we spend in the woods just observing. When you think about it, especially if you live in a state like NH, you only spend a few minutes of each season killing anything. All the rest of the time you are observing and experiencing the outdoors. The next moment is always an unknown, even as you are drawing your bow who knows what will happen next? The more time we spend in the woods and the more observant we really are the more in tune we get with wild things...hopefully we get more wild and our instincts sharpen. These mysterious happenings used to be a source of questions for me and I really pondered things like "sixth sense" and such. I never really came to any conclusions except that the more time you spend in the wild the more these things happen. Now I don't question them or think much about why these things occured. Instead I am grateful for having had the experience because it makes me feel more connected and part of what is happening around me. It makes me more of a participant than a simple observer.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: John Scifres on December 03, 2004, 11:33:00 AM
I know that I have had several "gift deer" that God just gave to me.  They simply appeared and said shoot me.  Or something real close the that.  Last year I had a squirrel rat out a buck that was coming in.  Guess that was one of those wee folk, eh?
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: kyle on December 03, 2004, 11:38:00 AM
AZ stickman I think you hit it pretty close.  Most of US, and by that I mean those of us I mean true hunters, not just deer "shooters" out there, have it but it gets repressed in today's modern world.  I think you've got to relax and allow it to come back to the front to take advantage of it.  Everyone probably has it to some degree and I think that we all need to listen to that "inner voice" more.

Kyle
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: ZIP-R on December 03, 2004, 11:40:00 AM
Yeah I've experienced it. That sick feeling that you get that says you better look now because you just got busted in the ole tree stand. Or the feeling I had this year the mornin I killed a doe. I could have predicted it that very morning. I just knew I was going to connect. Az stickman I know the feeling, I need a couple of days in the woods to get the "feel" also.

Brian
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: ZIP-R on December 03, 2004, 11:40:00 AM
Yeah I've experienced it. That sick feeling that you get that says you better look now because you just got busted in the ole tree stand. Or the feeling I had this year the mornin I killed a doe. I could have predicted it that very morning. I just knew I was going to connect. Az stickman I know the feeling, I need a couple of days in the woods to get the "feel" also.

Brian
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: ZIP-R on December 03, 2004, 11:41:00 AM
OOPS!
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: RayMO on December 03, 2004, 11:49:00 AM
I am positive the deer have this ability. I am to the point were I try to keep mind thinking on something else when there is a deer close by or at least stay as calm as possible. Gene Wensel talks about this a little in his book "Come November".

I can not say that I have ever experienced it myself. I got busted twice this year from right behind my tree and I was Clueless. So I am not sure there is any hope for me.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: buckracks7 on December 03, 2004, 01:34:00 PM
I agree with that RayMo. I avoid looking directly at their eyes. I'm convinced they can sense the eye contact. I also listen for noises too quiet to have been made by a squirrel.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Steertalker on December 03, 2004, 04:53:00 PM
Down here in Texas we got these things call "buzz worms" that have real pretty diamonds on their backs.  Anyway, I always get this tingley feeling all over me just before I step on one when I'm blood trailing a deer on a hot Texas october evening.  Is that what y'all are talking about?
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: String Cutter on December 03, 2004, 05:25:00 PM
I have a nak for picking very good hunting spots. Always see one or two in bow range. Just got to figure out how to hit 'em????
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Raven on December 03, 2004, 05:25:00 PM
Get it all the time. Spent all my childhood up till now in the outdoors, Hunting,fishing, and camping. Have always seemed to have a strong connection with my surroundings, feel at home while in the woods.
 I seem to see a Hawk of some kind or another before I kill something. Last fall I had a Coopers Hawk land on a branch not 5ft from me and walk back and forth makeing a chirrping sound the hole time. He must have done this for 5min or more the whole time looking at me. He then flew down and too the west along a deer trail. I kept looking donw that trail and not 15 min later a big doe and her twins came down that trail and she gave me a nice 5yd shot.
 This has happend more than once. I don't get a shot every time, but do see game of one kind or another after a hawk has been seen. Also have a lot what JC said in his post happen.
 Just keep your mind open and they will talk with you. We are all connected in the Web of life, it only makes sense that we can understand oneanother in one form or another  :readit:    ;)  .............Raven
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Pinecone on December 03, 2004, 08:18:00 PM
Interesting discussion.
Ferret's remarks remind me very much of the perspective of the Native American's who believe that the animal gives up it's life to the hunter as opposed to the hunter just taking the life.  From a personal point of view, hunting has an emotional and spiritual connection.  Thus, there are times when the animal that shouldn't be there somehow just is and the arrow that shouldn't connect, sometimes just does.

Claudia
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Charlie Lamb on December 03, 2004, 08:27:00 PM
I absolutely believe in sixth sense (who was it that called it Hunter's sense?)

I use to deny it, ignore it, laugh at it. Since I accepted it as real, things have been much different.

Got to open your mind as they say.
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Littlefeather on December 03, 2004, 08:31:00 PM
:wavey:  Hi Charlie!

Got deer?
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Charlie Lamb on December 03, 2004, 08:34:00 PM
CK...nope! My sixth sense told me I wouldn't!   :D

The plan is ongoing, though!
Title: Re: Bowhunter's 6th Sense.....
Post by: Darryl Payne on December 03, 2004, 08:59:00 PM
After a lot of years in law enforcement you develop a type of 6th sense when something is just not right, same thing in the woods. I suspect you hear, see, smell something subconsciously that is just on the back burner of the mind untill you see whatever it was you picked up on. You are not crazy it happens a lot if a person is really atuned to where they are.