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#6479020 - 10/03/16 04:39 PM Bow hunting is truly humbling
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Hunted all my life with a rifle, never missed until I was well into my teens and then it was only trying head/neck shots

Started bow hunting, that went right out the window. I can drill silver dollars at 20 yards but give me a live animal and I have hell

Just had a group of gobblers come into the feeder, 20 yards, drew back, got too excited, rushed the shot and whiffed













Did get his buddy though, corn buzzard down!
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#6479024 - 10/03/16 04:42 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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Live target practice is always good cheers
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#6479026 - 10/03/16 04:42 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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I've been drilling my practice shots very consistently. First ever shot at anything alive Sunday morning had a big doe at about 15 yards. Calm as a cucumber.... put my finger on the release and I had a mini grand mall seizure. Whiffed the shot... by a mile it felt like bang
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#6479049 - 10/03/16 04:47 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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A wise man suggested I set my feeders to go off twice per set.


Glad I listened I got the bird and the arrow now back in the stand. 30 min till second feeding
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#6479084 - 10/03/16 05:10 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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Good luck!

Post pics!
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#6479458 - 10/03/16 08:38 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
stxranchman Offline
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Well what happened after the corn buzzard went down? popcorn
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#6479467 - 10/03/16 08:43 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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clap Thats what you call a "good miss"
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#6479493 - 10/03/16 08:58 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txshntr]
stxranchman Offline
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
clap Thats what you call a "good miss"

No that is what you calling lining them up for skillet shot and missing high bolt
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#6479562 - 10/03/16 09:45 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: stxranchman]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Well what happened after the corn buzzard went down? popcorn


Well, the feeder went off for the second time, that one doe I was telling you about showed up, offered no shot then circled the blind and snorted and stomped and ran off


Then more corn buzzards showed up. Another went down
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#6479583 - 10/03/16 09:59 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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I don't have that issue until it's a nice buck. Shot a doe last night at 20 yards. Drew up, picked a spot, squeezed the release and followed through. She dropped right tbere. Crawled 10 feet and bled out in about 60 seconds. Big buck I get a little adrenaline rush but I just focus on my form and the spot.
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#6479768 - 10/04/16 06:41 AM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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You're not alone in that. We had a few hunters make some bad shots at close ranges, but could shoot practice targets just fine.
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#6479770 - 10/04/16 06:46 AM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: Curtis]
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Originally Posted By: Curtis
You're not alone in that. We had a few hunters make some bad shots at close ranges, but could shoot practice targets just fine.


I'm just rushing the shots and not following thru

Need to practice that more, accuracy is not my issue its the follow thru

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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#6479989 - 10/04/16 09:16 AM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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Age and experience help. I'm pretty sure when I finally feel comfortable enough with my recurve to hunt I will feel the humility bug in a whole new way.
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#6480029 - 10/04/16 09:39 AM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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My first bow buck is still running around Goldthwaite somewhere. I was so worried about lining up the perfect shot and placement that I forgot to set my anchor. Luckily, I missed bad and only hit some rocks. For me, I need to set a pre-shot routine into my practice targets to develop a mental checklist for game time so I can methodically prepare and make the shot to prevent or reduce that adrenaline surge looking at a live target. 2nd deer which was a doe is in my freezer. That works for me. Will see if a nice buck ever gets back into range.

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#6480707 - 10/04/16 03:36 PM Re: Bow hunting is truly humbling [Re: txtrophy85]
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Registered: 11/02/12
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Well fortunately those of you that took a shot missed. I've been bowhunting for the past 10 years and have taken a number of deer mostly does and one buck the year prior. I had the largest buck I've seen on the property come around with his buddy Saturday evening - right at 7:06 PM. Both bucks were awesome, typical 10 pt and the the other was at least a 10 pt, both 4.5-5.5 YO, the one I wanted had some gnarly headgear - a few kickers and a split brow.

I could feel the adrenaline kick in with the dreaded buck fever happening. I was shaking like a leaf that I could barely keep the arrow on the rest. After a few deep breathes and focusing on the target I settled down. The buck I targeted was 26 yards out, broadside. Easy shot. I consistently group 20 - 30 yard shots a thousand times. I set the 30 yard pin on the back shoulder and released the arrow. Mistake 1 & 2, using the 30 yrd pin and aiming at where he was and not taking in to account he was in between 20 and 30 yards. Mistake 3. The buck jumped the string, and the arrow lodged high and back, right in to the backstrap. He ran off like a dart with the arrow in his back.

Needless to say, I'm just sick with the thought of what I did. I didn't take in to account the potential of a drop. But I also think I pulled the shot as well. I'm praying that he survives and I'll get another shot at him. I've read from other accounts that there is a high likelihood based on where I shot him, that he'll probably survived or could possibly die from infection. I searched nearly 600 yards in the direction he headed as well as the opposite direction the following day and no blood. I'm heading out there on Friday to see if he shows up on camera, but to say the least I'm humbled, saddened, disgusted and mad about the situation. The whole event continues to replay in my mind. I'm done with bowhunting for this season.

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