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#6552690 - 11/21/16 09:11 AM Bow only?
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Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 549
Loc: Longview, TX
How many of you are straight "bow only"? I have been for the past few season. I have gotten to the point that hunting with a rifle is just not much of a challenge. I do use a modern compound bow, and I realize that using one of those is a significant improvement over stick bows, but I am even thinking of moving towards that. I think the challenge of getting in to within 30 yards and having to use every resource that you can - concealment, scent control, entry into your stand, etc. - is what keeps me interested in this sport.

I thought about this after sitting in a tree yesterday from 5am until 11am freezing my butt off in 28 degree weather and having a beautiful 150 class 8 point come within 75 yards of my tree but never coming in any closer. Obviously I thought about the "what if" scenario if I had brought a rifle up into the tree with me I would have harvested that buck easily.

I am thinking about taking my open sighted 44 magnum into the woods for some old fashioned spot and stalk hunting like was common in Texas many years ago.

I know that a huge portion of bow hunters put down their bows as soon as rifle season starts up. I was just wondering what is the percentage of our group that thinks of bow hunting as what you do until you can pick up a rifle.
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#6552705 - 11/21/16 09:19 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25961
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
I hardly pick up the rifle anymore.. but every now and then I will just to be able to kick back and relax in a box blind with a cold beer.
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#6552813 - 11/21/16 10:43 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 23463
Loc: Texas
I enjoy hunting with a lot of weapons. Iron sight lever gun, revolver, scoped rifle, bow, traditional black powder all get a rush for me.
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#6552864 - 11/21/16 11:17 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
chital_shikari Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 11397
Loc: Katy, TX
I hunt with whatever I can whenever I can. That being said I enjoy bow hunting the most because of the added intimacy with nature.
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#6553351 - 11/21/16 04:33 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 10875
Loc: Saginaw, Tx
I'm a bowhunter. I kill pigs outside of deer season with rifles at times. But I didn't kill a buck in Missouri the last week because the only shooter was at 150 yards. About 125 yards further than my Hoyt needed. I am shooting a recurve now as well as I intend to get more involve with traditional archery however I still enjoy my compound.
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#6553359 - 11/21/16 04:37 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: passthru]
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 879
Loc: Prosper , TX
Still bowhunting here. Been on a bow only lease for several years now. Been a tough year for most of us so far but with the freeze this weekend it should start picking up.

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#6553487 - 11/21/16 06:10 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Woodsman

Registered: 08/27/13
Posts: 203
Been bow hunting for close to 50 years and still get excited when I shoot a big old doe, bow only for the last 30 or so years. Forrest

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#6554113 - 11/22/16 08:02 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 549
Loc: Longview, TX
I am glad to see so many devoted bow hunters. I am hunting a 800 acre property in East Texas with no feeders or "blinds" - only food plots, tree stands, and some hand thrown corn piles. I love it. Getting back to the basics of identifying travel routes, pinch points, scrapes and rubs. I do have other properties where I use feeders, but I am being drawn more and more to this other property.
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I also like to "hunt" sporting clays with my Benelli SuperSport!

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#6554180 - 11/22/16 08:40 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1881
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
It's been a long time since I took the rifle out. I might go 2 or 3 years before killing another deer, but when I do, it will be with the bow.

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#6554254 - 11/22/16 09:10 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 6988
Loc: West
I started bow hunting in 2007. I learned A LOT in the 1st 2 years and didn't shoot a deer until 2010 which was a doe. I shot my 1st buck in 2011. It has been all uphill since. I've started hunting the Midwest every year and have taken a couple of rally nice bucks(142" 8pt and 164" 13pt) and I've taken 3 really nice buck in TX(122' up to 132") all with my bow. This doesn't include the numerous spikes, does, bobcats, foxes, coons, etc.

I shot my last buck with a rifle in 2010 on a hunt that was given to me(rifle only). Since that time, I've only taken the gun out a few times and it was to shoot does.

Last weekend, I busted out the .243 and took my 3 yr old boy with me hunting. It is time for him to start to enjoy what I enjoy so much. I shot a buck Saturday evening with a gun and had my son with me. Best hunting experience for me. SO, I went 6 yrs without killing a buck with a gun and was "bow only". Now, I guess I will get back to that as much as possible but I wont hesitate to get in the box blind with the kiddos anytime they want to go.
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#6554504 - 11/22/16 11:52 AM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
blazin Offline
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Registered: 10/25/11
Posts: 1891
Loc: Texas
I just started this season! When Rifle season hit I left my rifle and took my bow. Can't say I'll never rifle hunt again but I know I'm hooked on my bow. Sitting in a tree stand 20 yards from deer and pigs is awesome! I have a couple more tree stands I'm going to put up on major trails and not be locked in on the feeders. I had deer traveling all around me and some didn't bother with the feeders at all. My only regret is waiting so long to get into it!
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#6554616 - 11/22/16 01:03 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4117
Loc: Burleson Texas
Until 2 years ago, I was pretty well bow only. Two years ago started hunting north east Texas, deer not coming to corn, no real consistent trails that I ever saw. Was able to take only one doe by bow and the rest of the harvests had to be by rifle. Very few clearings made this area very challenging.
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#6554898 - 11/22/16 04:26 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
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Registered: 08/12/05
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I just like to hunt. I will bow hunt a lot but also enjoy taking my rifles out.

I also hunt properties that just are not conducive to bow hunting.

That said, I really do enjoy hunting with my bow
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#6555881 - 11/23/16 12:26 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 4415
Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
About 23 years ago I got onto a "bow only" lease and hunted it 16 years straight never getting the rifle out.
I enjoyed it, and even filled all my tags in some of those years. I had a blast!
I then had some offers of hunting on some other ranches and still bow hunted but took up a rifle during the rifle season. Mostly because of old age and limited mobility from my body parts wearing out, and not being able to hunt my favorite method which is up off the ground in tree stands. I was limited to pop ups and box blinds.
I still prefer the bow and have taken up my traditional recurve which I will still hunt with when I can before the season ends. Gun or bow I'll still be out in the woods.


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#6555888 - 11/23/16 12:30 PM Re: Bow only? [Re: millerliteliker]
passthru Offline
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 10875
Loc: Saginaw, Tx
There is no dishonor in any legal method of hunting. I prefer to archery hunt. But I am lethal with a rifle or handgun as well.

The challenge of traditional equipment has bitten me but I will still kill with my training wheels bow as well.
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