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#6477929 - 10/03/16 12:00 AM First bow harvest!
JH117 Offline

Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 131
Loc: parker county
It's been 3 years in the making, but today it finally happened and I took my first deer with a bow! After watching a yearling buck chase around a doe and her twins for 30 minutes, getting in an intense stare down with the same buck and watching a couple does at the feeder, I let my arrow fly! Before I got to the stand i made a few corn piles about 20 yards away. The feeder is 45 yards away, so there was no way I was going to try and make that shot. Fortunately the area I put the stand intersects four major trails. Every single deer I saw ended up stopping at these piles to have a snack. When this doe came out I waited til she looked the other way to draw. At this point my heart was racing and my breathing became heavy. When I released I heard that distinctive smack sound and she dropped in her tracks. I tried aiming low but as you can see in the pic it ended up being a high shoulder shot. I rushed it and just put the pin on her and released. Next time I'll be a little more patient. All in all it great day and I now have some meat to put in the freezer!

Edited by JH117 (10/03/16 12:01 AM)

#6477935 - 10/03/16 12:13 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
txshntr Online   content
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33496
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Nothing like the first one!!! Congrats!!!

When those chitters that you get before the shot leave, it is time to hang it up. That is what it is about. I learned to go through a preshot routine to limit the "quick shot" that happens when the adrenaline starts flowing. Find out what works for you to control the temptation to point and shoot. Mine is quick and easy, but keeps me centered cheers

Congrats again, that's awesome!!

#6477954 - 10/03/16 12:54 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
Deersteaks Offline
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Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 337
Loc: Livingston
I agree. I try to look at my immediate area near me to make sure that nothing will come in contact with the bow and then after I draw, I do another quick check to verify both limbs are clear of obstacles and that my arrow is on the rest correctly. This sounds like a lot but in reality, it only takes seconds. As stated above, it helps your focus and cuts the jitters just enough to make a good shot. My heart still pounds drawing on a doe, let alone a big buck and I sure hope that never changes. Its a rush that can't be described, only experienced! Nice job by the way. Freezer meat baby!!!

#6477965 - 10/03/16 01:53 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 4722
Loc: Germany
Awesome! up

#6478067 - 10/03/16 07:15 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 01/20/12
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clap congrats
Sometimes it's hard being me! But somebody has to do it.

#6478097 - 10/03/16 07:43 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Good job! up
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#6478102 - 10/03/16 07:47 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Congrats on the first one down up
It's hell eatin em live

#6478162 - 10/03/16 08:25 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
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Registered: 10/25/11
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#6478178 - 10/03/16 08:33 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: hook_n_line]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
Awesome! up
Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
clap congrats
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#6478276 - 10/03/16 09:26 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
Mr. T. Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
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Loc: Fort Worth - Hunt in Eastland ...
Very good. Glad you did not give up in the last 3 years.
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#6478284 - 10/03/16 09:30 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
C.K. Offline

Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 106
Nice, it's a thrill for sure.

#6478296 - 10/03/16 09:35 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
TexasATC Offline
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Registered: 05/24/14
Posts: 40
Loc: Abilene, Texas

#6478297 - 10/03/16 09:35 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
Always ready 2 hunt Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 07/31/15
Posts: 359
Oh man, it's on now! Congrats.

#6478314 - 10/03/16 09:43 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 2858
Loc: Conroe, TX
Congrats man.

Here's a simple tip I that always do that may help you ensure better aim and placement

I simply count down from ten after full draw. It helps me slow down and focus more on placement and the angle of the animal.

Edited by titan2232 (10/03/16 11:54 AM)

#6478328 - 10/03/16 09:46 AM Re: First bow harvest! [Re: JH117]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 318
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
You earned. Well done. Make a habit of aiming low and you'll be happy. I aim for a low heart shot on a calm deer. 4inches under on a deer doing the stare down smile

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