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#5454705 - 12/02/14 06:25 PM My first deer hunt-help
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 208
Loc: Central Tx
I unexpectedly got invited to hunt on a family friends land next week. He said only does for now. I was also told "if things go well" i could come anytime I wanted to hunt. Hmm. Makes me wonder what that means. So, I'm open to any suggestions on how to make things go well. I would be shooting from a blind...this old dude hunts in tennis shoes and a purple jacket so I don't think "all camo" is necessary. Any tips on Deer hunting etiquette, gear, do's/don'ts, I've never field dressed a deer, he'll be around to monitor. I have a Tikka 3 in 270 I'll be using. Any info is appreciated!! Thanks.

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#5454712 - 12/02/14 06:28 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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You rifle is perfect for the job. Don't be loud, rowdy, or rude. If work is being done, be front in line to help out, in other words, be an asset not a burden.

Also safety 1st, they will be watching to see if you are capably safe with a weapon.
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#5454739 - 12/02/14 06:36 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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Loc: Watauga, TX
Don't even hint at wanting to shoot a buck. Even if a monster walks out.
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#5454755 - 12/02/14 06:42 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 08/20/13
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First, I wouldn't call him old dude! Lol. Be respectful to him and his place. Let him know how much you appreciate the invite, several times over. Help in any way possible, and most of all say thank you!
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#5454810 - 12/02/14 07:06 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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All sound advice
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#5455125 - 12/02/14 09:10 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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Be very respectful and appreciative. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and help get some work done, even if that means doing something as simple as cooking a meal or doing the dishes.
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#5456849 - 12/03/14 05:38 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 208
Loc: Central Tx
Good advice. My view going in was- be respectful, follow directions, listen closely, and Do NOT ask if I could come back. I'll jump in and help wherever I can. This will defiantly be a learning experience but I feel blessed I was even asked to join him.

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#5456882 - 12/03/14 05:52 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Don't even hint at wanting to shoot a buck. Even if a monster walks out.


Yep, better to just watch any buck that shows up but be sure to let it be known that you passed on good reason, such as not being able to get a good shot.

And if you're not sure you can make the shot at a doe, do the same.

Also, be the quietest person in camp.
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#5456900 - 12/03/14 06:02 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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Loc: Montgomery, TX USA
Dan did you read the OP post? Quote - "He said only does for now" as told to him from the landowner. I agree with your overall thought though, if the shot isnít there then donít take it. You donít have to shoot to have a story.

Nick1, I can tell from your follow-up post that you get it - go have a ball. The landowner already knows you and extended the invite, so go and just be you. If you do see that great buck, remember every detail you saw and report it to the camp!
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#5456904 - 12/03/14 06:05 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
TexFlip Offline
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Bring a few sacks of corn, a bottle of good booze, and enough steaks for everyone.
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#5456907 - 12/03/14 06:06 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
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Oh, I almost forgot. If you have been around here for awhile, you'll no doubt have seen this...

worthless

Don't forget your camera.
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#5456967 - 12/03/14 06:39 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
Justin T Offline
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Registered: 09/23/09
Posts: 5798
Loc: Austin
Bring 5 or 6 bags of corn, some thick steaks, and plenty of cold beer. If he shoots something, jump in to help skin and quarter. Fix dinner, cleanup. Don't forget dessert.

Make sure your rifle is sighted in, and that you are comfortable shooting it. Don't take a long shot. If its your first deer, keep it under 100.
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#5457088 - 12/03/14 07:34 PM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Justin T]
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Registered: 01/13/09
Posts: 1953
Loc: North of San Antonio
Covered most of my points -

No rancher/hunter I know will turn down some bags of corn.

Bring food/snacks/drinks for all, or chip in on the food cost.

Lend a hand. I've invited folks out that watched me cook dinner, then watched me do dishes while they drank and made wise cracks. I am not your mamma. Jump in and help. It will be noticed either way.

Do not trash the place. Take all trash out of blinds (even if it was already there) and do not throw so much as a bottle cap on the ground.

Try not to snore too much...

First visits are not a good time to get stupid drunk, especially if the inviter is not a big drinker. Non drinkers or casual drinkers are not impressed by how much booze you can drink before you fall in the fire.

Have fun and be thankful. Say how much fun you had even if you get skunked.

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#5457528 - 12/04/14 01:10 AM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: Nick1]
DH 1 Offline
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Registered: 01/17/13
Posts: 195
Make sure that your rifle is sighted in and don't take a shot you are not comfortable with.
Don't bring a Bowie knife for gutting/skinning.
If there is something you don't understand ASK!
Be on time.
Don't get drunk, even if the rest of the crowd boozes it up.
Leave the blind cleaner than you found it.

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#5457616 - 12/04/14 06:43 AM Re: My first deer hunt-help [Re: DH 1]
jrfan Offline
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Registered: 09/11/04
Posts: 802
Loc: Denton, Texas
Originally Posted By: DH 1
Make sure that your rifle is sighted in and don't take a shot you are not comfortable with.


THIS!!! There is nothing I hate worse than taking someone hunting to only get there and they say, "you know, I haven't shot this rifle in years..." Another pet peeve of mine is when they show up with a hand full of ammo, take at least one full box, maybe 2. You never know when you run into a herd of pigs or coyotes. If you're on my place and you see a coyote, you'd better shoot it. That is a guaranteed way not to get asked back when you tell me you saw a coyote and didn't shoot. Cattle prices are WAY too high for me to loose a calf.
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