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Gotta Tell My Story #2689283 10/24/11 10:32 PM
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First off, let me say, I have hunted all my life. I hunt deer, dove, ducks, varmints....anything that I can in my part of Texas. However, I had never bow hunted.

Now, I have owned a couple of bows, but never hunted with them. I had intentions, but never was taught how to hunt with a bow or about setups. Finding a good setup in my mind was near impossible (I was using my gun thinking and not thinking about getting in the deep woods stuff).

Anyhow a buddy I work with asked me out last week to his place in Houston County and had a loaner bow for me to use. He has asked the last couple of years and I finally took him up on it.

This buddy has owned/hunted/managed this 1900 acres since 1971. I've seen the countless bucks he has killed and been on the land on 4-wheelers in the past. Absolutely beautiful. I love the pines and will all my life. My mothers side of the family is from east Texas and we visited several times a year as I was growing up. I guess that is why I am so fond of the area.

So we get there and I shoot his bow for about an hour. I am dropping them in on top of each other. He says, you got this thing down. Again, I have shot a bow a ton, just never hunted. He put me in one of his stands that he hasn't even hunted this year but according to him, produces big bucks every year. He told me to shoot whatever I wanted although I had planned to not shoot his big deer. I didn't want to be a jackwagon, but he insisted to shoot whatever I saw because he didn't know if he could get me back out this year.

I get to the stand, crawl up the 16' and make all kinds of racket getting in place and hoisting the bow. Remember, I am new at this lol. Well, 5 minutes after I sit down, a yearling buck comes out. No corn and the feeder doesn't go off for another 35 minutes. But this little guy was determined. He just hung out until the feeder went off, and it finally does.

The little buck was gobbling all he could after the feeder went off at 4:00 PM. 30 minutes later, a yearling doe comes out and my heart starts pumping. I know momma aint far behind. Sure enough about a minute later, through the thick brush, I see a leg, then another....walking right to me. So, I begin to stand up before she can spot me.

As soon as I get completely up and bow rested on my thigh, the deer comes out of the thick stuff and BOOM! It's a monster 10 pointer! The deer was bigger than any deer I have shot or seen on my place. He walks up to the feeder. My heart is pounding, I have to control my breathing. The anxiety is so high I am shaking all over.

He comes in and gets broadside and I begin to draw.....

Now lets go back to the bow i borrowed. My buddy told me a million times. Keep your whole hand and fingers behind the trigger as you draw. His trigger was very sensitive.

Back to the buck. As I begin to draw, I somehow hit the release mad. The bucks jumps and trots off 20 yards. But get this, he comes back after about 10 minutes!

I knock another arrow and begin to draw. This time keeping my finger behind the trigger. Success, I am locked on and fire away.

Honestly, with my heart racing, seeing white flashes from my blood pressure being so high, I can't tell you where the hell I was aiming. A flat out miss.

It was the most exciting hunt I had ever been on. As soon as I can afford a bow, I do not think I will ever gun hunt again unless I am in some kind of time crunch.

Truely an experience I have never experienced and never will forget.


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Congrats on an exciting hunt sorry that you missed but maybe you will get a second chance at that buck. Good luck with the bow hunting its a blast. I only grab a gun when I take the kids out.


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Thanks for sharing. It is a rush isnt it?



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Re: Gotta Tell My Story [Re: erniejs] #2689487 10/24/11 11:37 PM
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That's why we bow hunt...it's all about the rush! I've said it befofe many times on this forum. The day that the rush stops is the day I quit hunting all together. I just don't get that rush with a rifle.

Welcome to the club, you're hooked brother.


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Yep its truely awesome!



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Cool story.



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LOL,Im glad I am not the only one that has sent the arrow before full draw.Its happened to me twice this year!




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Nice story...



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Originally Posted By: bjankowski
That's why we bow hunt...it's all about the rush! I've said it befofe many times on this forum. The day that the rush stops is the day I quit hunting all together. I just don't get that rush with a rifle.

Welcome to the club, you're hooked brother.


couldn't have said it better than bjankowski


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Originally Posted By: bjankowski
That's why we bow hunt...it's all about the rush! I've said it befofe many times on this forum. The day that the rush stops is the day I quit hunting all together. I just don't get that rush with a rifle.

Welcome to the club, you're hooked brother.


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I'll never forget my first time to feel that hunting rush...or my second...or my third...or...



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Originally Posted By: stan
I'll never forget my first time to feel that hunting rush...or my second...or my third...or...

Mine was in 1980 and it was a doe it still feels the same to this day lost count of how many deer I have taken with a bow but the thrill is still there



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Awesome story!!!

It's get better also...trust me!!!



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Great write up!

I enjoy reading stories about people getting as excited as I do. I still get the same anxiety no matter what game animal steps out in bow range. smile



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GREAT STORY !!! I missed a doe at 20 yds last week from a ground blind ! I said REALLY ?????




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Originally Posted By: bjankowski
That's why we bow hunt...it's all about the rush! I've said it befofe many times on this forum. The day that the rush stops is the day I quit hunting all together. I just don't get that rush with a rifle.

Welcome to the club, you're hooked brother.

yup!!!


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