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Author Topic: What have you learned from this hunting season?  (Read 618 times)

Offline macster

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #50 on: January 02, 2008, 09:08:00 PM »
I learned I can hunt from daylight to dark three weekends in a row and still only see the big boy chasing a doe at about 60 yards away, but did have shots at 14 other bucks and umpteen does.

Offline hogless

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #51 on: January 02, 2008, 09:40:00 PM »
If your invited to hunt from one of JC,s stands do so

Offline Slasher

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #52 on: January 02, 2008, 10:41:00 PM »
Lot's of good info on here...

For me... The big three this year...

1.)  Trust yourself- when you feel you can, you probably can!!! When you gut tells you this is a good place, or to move the stand, move it...

2.) Be patient and never quit..

3.) To thine ownself be true... bow season was real slow, So I grabbed the rifle to make meat... results were fruitful shots @ 12 yds & 18 yds- woulda been nice easy bow shots from the stands I was in...
Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.
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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #53 on: January 03, 2008, 09:17:00 AM »
Being adaptable, but also being persistent!  Just when you think things are'nt going to happen, they do.  Had a great season with 59 1/2 hours spent in my stands.

Offline brmize

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #54 on: January 03, 2008, 09:45:00 AM »
Scout, Scout and Scout.
Have plenty of options when the wind doesn't cooperate.
Scout
Stumping may very well be the perfect hunting practice.
Did I mention Scout?

Brian
"After we've lost a natural place, it's gone for eveyone-hikers, campers, boaters, bicyclists, animal watchers, fishers, hunters, and wildlife-a complete and absolutely democratic tragedy of emptiness."  Richard Nelson

Offline Mudd

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #55 on: January 03, 2008, 10:31:00 AM »
I learned that I can't make a BW recurve quiet enough to use deer hunting. I am getting older and it isn't a thing for the faint of heart.
God bless,Mudd
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Offline rascal

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #56 on: January 03, 2008, 12:07:00 PM »
Well I didnt make meat this year, first year back to traditional gear, but Ive accomplished that feat before using some pretty fancy bows.  As for what I have learned...hmmm lemme reflect a bit.

1. Ive learned that hunting with a stick and a string in my hand is just as exciting now as it was when I was 8 years old.

2. Ive learned that I can.......I can complete an entire season without the urge to pick up my gadgets again.

3. Ive learned I can get the same adrenalin rush from drawing my trad bow on a spike buck that I have no intention of shooting as I can get from shooting a nice one with my compound.

4. Mostly Ive learned that even when Ive limited myself I am capable of enjoying the pursuit, the journey, the hunt so much that the kill is secondary.  

I have no regrets from this season, my goals were met.  I stuck it out and enjoyed every minute and every failure.
Hunt fair, hunt hard, no regrets.

Offline NativeArcher

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #57 on: January 03, 2008, 12:14:00 PM »
Ive learned that I work way to much to get in any real good hunting time..
"how many bows do you need".my wife
Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you , as I gave the green plant. Genesis 9:3

Offline SKYLER W

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #58 on: January 03, 2008, 12:28:00 PM »
I learned that game camaras and tag out rocks. I also learned to pay more attention to the distance of the game. Skyler
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Offline Dirty Bill

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #59 on: January 03, 2008, 12:44:00 PM »
"Lord loves a workin man,""See a doctor and git rid of it,""Never trust whitey...."   :campfire:

Offline ishiwannabe

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #60 on: January 03, 2008, 12:56:00 PM »
I learned it is awesome to walk the woods with a stickbow, arrows that I have made, fully confident I can perform when the shot presents.
Feathers make more noise than vanes.
The spirit of the hunt is back with fervor.
Hunting with my fathers equipment brings back great memories.
There are some things in life more important than hunting.
"I lost arrows and didnt even shoot at a rabbit" Charlie after the Island of Trees.
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Offline Dawn Patrol

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #61 on: January 03, 2008, 01:10:00 PM »
I learned that the look on a  hunter's face when they kill their first Trad bow buck is priceless. I also learned that when you are having chest pains everyday of a two week hunt it's not a good idea to wait till ya get home to have it checked out.
I put the "stink" in instinctive archery!

Offline joe c.

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #62 on: January 03, 2008, 02:01:00 PM »
I learned I hope? It's A bad idea to use a cheap lock blade to try and fix something. the first day of A nine day hunt in southern ohio  on nov,4 I just about cut my middle finger off.

Online Gordon Jabben

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #63 on: January 03, 2008, 02:16:00 PM »
I learned that I need to stick with one bow.

Offline Brian Krebs

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #64 on: January 03, 2008, 02:20:00 PM »
seize the moment.

the older I get: the harder I have to think.

I am just as happy when I get a shot opprotunity-to not take a shot; as when I take a shot....almost.

wolves have to be subject to control measures.
THE VOICES HAVEN'T BOTHERED ME SINCE I STARTED POKING THEM WITH A Q-TIP.

Offline DRR324

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #65 on: January 03, 2008, 03:37:00 PM »
My lesson, don't rush the shot choice- have a touch of patience, even if its the last day of your week long hunting trip out of state.  Wait for the right shot opportunity- it will happen.
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Offline tjjsidekick

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #66 on: January 03, 2008, 05:28:00 PM »
I've learned the following..

Cherris every second in the woods

Preparation and anticipation of the hunt is as important and fun as the hunt itself

It's good to be alive

Offline hickstick

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #67 on: January 03, 2008, 05:49:00 PM »
I learned that I need to befriend more of my tradgang brethren of the midwest or south so they will invite hunting and rescue me from the god-forsaken deerless state called Massachusetts!

I also learned that the season is long and to shoot in all you hunting clothes from warm weather to sub zero.  I found I had a hard time shooting with my cold weather gloves until I rolled a piece of bike innertube over the handle of the recurve.

I learned to send in my Centennial Watershed (CT) Permit ON TIME in '08!
Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

Offline GingivitisKahn

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #68 on: January 03, 2008, 06:26:00 PM »
Quote
Originally posted by Dirty Bill:
"Lord loves a workin man,""See a doctor and git rid of it,""Never trust whitey...."    :campfire:  
Lol - now I need to see that movie again. :-p

Offline Angus

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #69 on: January 03, 2008, 06:40:00 PM »
I learned not to hunt deer in California.
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Offline wapitimike1

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #70 on: January 03, 2008, 06:52:00 PM »
I learned that poachers once turned in and pinched can get real ugly. Four stands and three walked through hunts later. You have to ask yourself, is it worth it?

Offline Bobby Castello

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #71 on: January 03, 2008, 07:15:00 PM »
Learned
1. Always have a game cart close by! At 53 I can no longer drag deer miles back to the truck.
2. I will never take a straight down shot at a deer again! I passed on the biggest buck I have ever seen in the woods because I hate that shot. Saw him a day later and he offered me the same shot and I hit him just to the left of his spine.
Had 1/3rd of the arrow in the deer but did not pass thru. No blood sign, looked for 5 hours and did not find the deer. I'm sure he died but I'll never know. Was sick about the shot for days. I will know better next time!
Hunt hard,but have fun!

Offline Bruce Martin

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #72 on: January 03, 2008, 07:45:00 PM »
Speaking of shot placement, last year I was 3 for 3 (does) and this year 0 for 2. the 0 for 2 were both passthroughs but must of hit a bit far back and probably got only 1 lung and liver rather than 2 lungs. Shooting for the 'big' kill zone. Never found the 2 deer that I know I killed. Next year shots will crowd the shoulder with 2 bladed broadheads with tips that wont bend on bone.

Offline ozarkcherrybow1

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #73 on: January 03, 2008, 07:50:00 PM »
I've learned to watch for those Game and Fish meetings and to show up and voice my opinions!
 We need to stand up and be heard!!!
 This was a major lesson learned for me....Terry

Offline Boneyard Bowhunter

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Re: What have you learned from this hunting season?
« Reply #74 on: January 03, 2008, 08:27:00 PM »
Ok I'm going out on a limb. This just theory and some may think I'm wrong but here goes. I have noticed a change in the way deer have been moving over the last 3 to 5 years. I am seeing deer sign from May to the beginning of October. Then it all but disappears. I am seeing the same thing in more than one area. The first thing that comes to mind for me is food. The deer are finding a good easy source of nutrition. The next thing that comes to mind is food plots. I'm not against food plots in fact I also think they are the reason for bigger deer taken in my area. Has anyone else noticed this pattern.
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as long as it has a good tale.

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