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#6905037 - 10/01/17 04:08 PM Your biggest deer hunting mistake
Texas Dan Offline
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As the season draws closer, thoughts often turn to past mistakes and making sure you don't repeat them.

My biggest mistake came a few seasons ago when I let my rifle slide off the side of a very small tree and fall directly on the scope. It was only after I missed a very nice buck about three weeks later that I checked and found it barely hit paper. Being one who has always put strong faith in the overall durability of firearms and scopes, it was yet another lesson in "check to be sure."
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#6905089 - 10/01/17 05:08 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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TMI TMI TMI TMI TMI, cause the crows always come home to roost....and after 50 years together we've arrived at a truce of sorts...


Oh ...you said "while deer hunting"...OK I dinnit take a wish shot at the biggest WTail I ever saw while hunting on the Brisco Ranch as a guest...shouda coulda woulda If'n I'd taken Jason's Rifle Class...Oh Wait he'd still been in grade school or sumthin back then...carry on.
Ron
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#6905119 - 10/01/17 05:46 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Not checking the perimeter of the clearing before I moved into the open. Those bedded bucks are really hard to pick out of the background.
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#6905220 - 10/01/17 07:32 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 04/24/17
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I go to the range often just to make sure my zero is maintained, sucks to miss out on such an opportunity

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#6905371 - 10/01/17 11:00 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
BMag Offline
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Registered: 06/17/16
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When I was a teenager just getting into bow hunting, I didn't give my first bow kill (an 8 point) long enough to expire. He had ran about 40 yards and bedded at the bottom of a tree. I jumped him and the rest is history. They now get a minimum of an hour to expire, even if I know the shot was spot on.

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#6905697 - 10/02/17 10:06 AM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: BMag]
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Registered: 08/19/13
Posts: 229
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: BMag
When I was a teenager just getting into bow hunting, I didn't give my first bow kill (an 8 point) long enough to expire. He had ran about 40 yards and bedded at the bottom of a tree. I jumped him and the rest is history. They now get a minimum of an hour to expire, even if I know the shot was spot on.

+1. Same lesson learned. After two hours, the 'yotes will get'em.
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#6905703 - 10/02/17 10:13 AM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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I actually think it was the right decision, but I had a shot at the biggest LF buck I've ever had in front of me a couple of years back. My buddy had already sold the place and had gotten 1 last year of hunting as condition of the sale, so there was no benefit to having him still out there spreading his genetics. At least no benefit to me or my friend that owned it. New owners were going to HF it and kill all deer to bring in freaks.

Rut was on hard, a doe came out of the brush looking like she was obviously being pushed, I readied myself for a buck and in unusual "worked out like it was supposed to" a very large bodied, wide, tall-tined 10-pt was right on her. I stopped the buck via a grunt, but he wasn't broadside, rather facing right towards me. Had my crosshairs on his throat at about 60 yards, but he wouldn't turn. Moved my scope down to his chest and told myself as soon as he turned, I'd pull the trigger.

He broke into a sprint straight towards me and about 10 yards from the blind, broke off into the brush. Never felt I had a clean shot, but man...

Again, probably the right move, but one that will haunt me. He wasn't a monster, but was probably a 145-155 inch buck that would've easily been my biggest.

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#6906147 - 10/02/17 03:05 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 05/11/17
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Loc: Texas
Got in stand opening day with 20 minutes to spare only to realize my carefully worked up handloads were at home on my reloading bench. Dang it!
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#6906171 - 10/02/17 03:20 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Not checking gun sights after loaning it out as a teenager. Missed a huge deer. Scope was way off. Thanks, buddy.

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#6906294 - 10/02/17 04:46 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: ErnestTBass]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: ErnestTBass
Not checking gun sights after loaning it out as a teenager. Missed a huge deer. Scope was way off. Thanks, buddy.


Yes, many a buck owes his life to a borrowed gun.
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#6906333 - 10/02/17 05:06 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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Never really made a mistake while hunting that I regret. But AFTER I shot a nice eight point I drove into a sandy river bed to recover the buck and buried my suburban to the axles. It ain't cheap to call a wrecker service into BME to get towed out of a riverbed. hammer
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#6906345 - 10/02/17 05:13 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: dkershen]
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Originally Posted By: dkershen
Never really made a mistake while hunting that I regret. But AFTER I shot a nice eight point I drove into a sandy river bed to recover the buck and buried my suburban to the axles. It ain't cheap to call a wrecker service into BME to get towed out of a riverbed. hammer


Biggest mistake not related to but made during deer hunting also applies here.
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#6906346 - 10/02/17 05:15 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Not hunting more when I was younger. Hunted as a kid until young teens then didn't hunt until I was like 28.
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#6906347 - 10/02/17 05:15 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Telling others what you saw during a hunt is perhaps one of the most widespread deer hunting mistakes.
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#6906353 - 10/02/17 05:20 PM Re: Your biggest deer hunting mistake [Re: Texas Dan]
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Telling others what you saw during a hunt is perhaps one of the most widespread deer hunting mistakes.
Why?If you aren't hunting with people you can trust you need to find a new place to hunt.
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