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#5786422 - 06/12/15 06:53 PM Lessons Learned
thewrap Offline
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Registered: 05/15/11
Posts: 2004
Loc: Lubbock, Texas
I was shooting my bow today and started thinking about the deer I shot last year but never recovered. The first shot was close maybe 5-7 yards but it was a very steep angle. He ran up a hill a little ways and turned broadside again. I nocked another arrow and shot again. I still can't remember where I hit him on the second shot but I am almost positive I hit the empty space above the vitals. After going back the following morning I ranged the second shot at 18 yards only problem was I thought he was closer to 25 which is why I used my 25 yard pin. mad I wish I could have a do over on that one.

So what are some of the lessons you have learned while out hunting?
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#5786429 - 06/12/15 06:58 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
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Tracker

Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 506
Loc: Katy
The lesson I learned is to use a rifle and quit trying to be Robin Hood. lol35

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#5786538 - 06/12/15 08:32 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9986
Loc: wondering about the woods
Before putting stalk on threw corn field, dont accidently hit trigger release at 1/4 draw, it tends ta lob arrow just outa sight, 2nd make sure braud head is on tight, half way threw it no good if got arrow but no braudhead... flag
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#5786584 - 06/12/15 09:15 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
Beaubien Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 473
Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
I have a few lessons learned:

Chamber a round before you pull the trigger on a big buck.
Never and I mean never put your thumb in front of a cross bow string.
Make darn sure you know which way your scent is blowing
Make sure you carry a spare ramrod when muzzy hunting
When leaning up against a tree and twigs start falling out take a quick step back. You might be nose to nose with a small bear.
Never shoot a deer in a deep canyon when you hunt by yourself.

A wonder I made it to 54 huh?


Edited by Beaubien (06/12/15 09:24 PM)
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#5786612 - 06/12/15 09:35 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
Pittstate Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5178
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
If you are bow hunting and don't know for sure you hit the heart and seen it drop less than 30 yards of POI, give it 3 hours min before going looking. You will be surprised at how many deer you start finding just 50 to 75 yards away that laid down and bled out.

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#5786622 - 06/12/15 09:48 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
Creekrunner Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 9047
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
-When the land owner is giving you a tour and telling you where to hunt and he says "There's not much down that road," definitely check that road out.
-If a rifle gives you the slightest trouble feeding a second round, get rid of it.
-Everybody has different levels of hunting skills, but avoid the guy that says he shoots everything in the ear at 400 yds. with a .223.
-Avoid guys that talk about "not wasting meat". (Usually the same guy as above.)
-No two definitions of a "cull" or "management buck" are the same.
-When you're hunting with friends, savor every moment. Those friends may not be among the living on the next hunt.
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#5786626 - 06/12/15 09:53 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: Creekrunner]
Fat Tire Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 06/01/12
Posts: 1045
Loc: Wylie, TX
Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
-When the land owner is giving you a tour and telling you where to hunt and he says "There's not much down that road," definitely check that road out.
-If a rifle gives you the slightest trouble feeding a second round, get rid of it.
-Everybody has different levels of hunting skills, but avoid the guy that says he shoots everything in the ear at 400 yds. with a .223.
-Avoid guys that talk about "not wasting meat". (Usually the same guy as above.)
-No two definitions of a "cull" or "management buck" are the same.
-When you're hunting with friends, savor every moment. Those friends may not be among the living on the next hunt.

Good ones.

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#5786665 - 06/12/15 10:18 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
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Registered: 01/30/09
Posts: 1439
Loc: Abilene Tx
Always tie down what you have help putting on a trailer, especially if you can't put it back on the trailer by yourself. No matter how far you are hauling it.
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#5786693 - 06/12/15 10:39 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
skinnerback Offline
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Registered: 05/30/11
Posts: 12043
Loc: Rockport, Tx.
Originally Posted By: thewrap
I was shooting my bow today and started thinking about the deer I shot last year but never recovered. The first shot was close maybe 5-7 yards but it was a very steep angle. He ran up a hill a little ways and turned broadside again. I nocked another arrow and shot again. I still can't remember where I hit him on the second shot but I am almost positive I hit the empty space above the vitals. After going back the following morning I ranged the second shot at 18 yards only problem was I thought he was closer to 25 which is why I used my 25 yard pin. mad I wish I could have a do over on that one.

So what are some of the lessons you have learned while out hunting?



Biggest lesson I learned bow hunting was to get rid of all of those pins!! When I first started bow hunting I shot with multiple pins and made some stupid mistakes in the heat of the moment. Shoot one pin, and practice judging yardage every chance you get. Test yourself regularly. Once you are good on the ground standing, sit at different angles in a chair. Then, get elevated and practice in a tripod or a tree whatever. Then change your environment. Practice. When it gets cold out, put your cold weather gear on and practice. IMO, learning how to judge distance & shooting one pin is the way to go. You judge the yardage in your head before you ever draw your bow. You will learn where on the animal to set your pin in a hurry and your arrow will hit that spot.

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#5786746 - 06/12/15 11:24 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
kry226 Offline


Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5217
Loc: Germany
Never climb a dead tree with your climber. eek

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#5786753 - 06/12/15 11:45 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
Deersteaks Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 363
Loc: Livingston
When bow hunting,estimating range can not be replaced with a range finder very often,which IMO,means it can be useless most times.As stated above, practice from unknown yardage. Deer come in from where you least expect them and sometimes they are in a hurry,so accurately judging distance is your best friend.I have taught myself to judge distance by looking at the ground between me and my target. Forget the horns or whatever else your looking at.If you know you are going to shoot, then you can check them out later.Set your target up in your yard or wherever, and shoot at it from random spots.1 pin or 4 pins shouldn't really matter.You still have to be able to estimate the range to make the shot.And again,as stated above; practice with clothing comparable to what you will be wearing in the stand.Also,and this is important! Don't just place the pin behind the shoulder.Aim as if you are trying to knock a tick off of him.A small target means small chance to miss by much.

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#5786763 - 06/12/15 11:55 PM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
spg Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/11/13
Posts: 1408
*Avoid the guy that always sees a 150in buck every hunt when its never been on TC or seen by anyone else.
*Don't walk in tall grass in the dark without a flash light.
*Always bring toilet paper to the blind.
*Don't leave croc's outside by the door as they become snake habitat

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#5786783 - 06/13/15 02:57 AM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
Texas Dan Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 07/28/08
Posts: 12369
Albeit a rifle, bow, or even a sling shot, you can never practice too much.

Anything that carries the Thermacell label works as advertised.

Being out of shape does not go well with dragging a dead animal.

A bad day hunting is better than a good day working.

Venison is very expensive.
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#5786904 - 06/13/15 07:54 AM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
Bbear Offline
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Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 772
Loc: West Texas
- Hunt with your Dad, he'll be gone way too soon
- Hunt with your kids, you'll be gone way too soon
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#5786956 - 06/13/15 08:37 AM Re: Lessons Learned [Re: thewrap]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 5253
Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
More than one way to Delete the Double Post....


Edited by WileyCoyote (06/13/15 01:17 PM)
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