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First time hunting solo #7729745 01/27/20 04:46 PM
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So, I will admit to being a fairly inexperienced hunter. I've been hunting less than a dozen times in my life, as my family were not the hunting type (fishing yes, hunting no). The last several years, I've had good friends invite me out to their lease or their owned property to hunt with them. 2 years ago, I got my first buck, which was awesome.

This year, though, due to work and other issues, we couldn't make the timing work for me to go out with friends. Fortunately, a good friend of mine on the last weekend of season said "Hey man, I'm not gonna make it out. Just go out there and hunt without me.". Needless to say, never having skinned/field dressed a deer solo, the idea freaked me out. So I got out early on Friday to sit in the blind (Comal County, near Canyon Lake) just to check things out. Saw a bunch of bupkiss. Nothing. Great.

Next morning, I'm in the blind bright and early before 6, just to be safe. Freezing my bum off. I proceed to see absolutely nothing for nearly 3 hours. Not a doe. Not a hog. Not a wandering cow. Nada. I was honestly just counting the minutes till I could get inside an warm up and texting my wife that I hadn't seen any signs of movement, when finally there is something. This guy walks out on the ridge behind the feeder, and meanders down. He stops for just a second, raising his head to give me a great broadside view of his front half. That was enough.

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I know, not the biggest deer posted on these forums. But my buddy said it was by far the biggest buck he had seen on the property this year (small acreage). And it was the first (and only, so far) one for me to take completely solo.

The next hour or so was spent fumbling through probably the worst field dressing ever. I was lucky to have had good teachers in the past, but there's no replacement for experience.

All in all, while I appreciate the solitude of a solo hunt, I'm a pack animal. I'd rather have some good friends and a pair of extra hands when hunting. That said, I can't see myself skipping any more seasons for the foreseeable future. I've got the fever. Next up: Turkey

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729753 01/27/20 04:52 PM
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Awesomeness!

Speed of field dressing isn't all that important. You'll get quicker with the field dressing and more efficient with the process.

Thanks for the story.

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729759 01/27/20 04:56 PM
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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729766 01/27/20 04:59 PM
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cheers It only gets better from here on.


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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729817 01/27/20 05:34 PM
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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729822 01/27/20 05:36 PM
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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729829 01/27/20 05:42 PM
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Congrats cheers
As long as you don't puncture the gut sack your fine up
If you do you'll regret it barf


Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729833 01/27/20 05:44 PM
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Job well done! Don't compare your buck to Bucks posted online. Compare him to your previous buck. Compare him to the other Bucks on property. He will make a fine european mount sitting on your mantle!


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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: stxranchman] #7729834 01/27/20 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by stxranchman
cheers It only gets better from here on.

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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729839 01/27/20 05:50 PM
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Best way to learn. up

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729846 01/27/20 05:55 PM
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It's nice to have others to teach you, but you absorb a lot more doing things solo. Good work

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729848 01/27/20 05:56 PM
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Congrats. I hunt solo all the time

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729868 01/27/20 06:13 PM
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Congrats and thanks for posting


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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729876 01/27/20 06:19 PM
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You are hooked now. It gets quicker, easier and better with practice. I'm pretty much a solo hunter and nothing better than hands on learning. Congrats on a fine buck.

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729882 01/27/20 06:20 PM
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Nice buck and experience, just some advice for next time, tag it before pictures.

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: Mr. T.] #7729926 01/27/20 06:42 PM
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cheers It only gets better from here on.

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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7729984 01/27/20 07:30 PM
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Congratulations brotha

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Great write up, congrats on the nice buck! up


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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: Pope&Young] #7730070 01/27/20 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Pope&Young
Congrats cheers
As long as you don't puncture the gut sack your fine up
If you do you'll regret it barf

Add the pizz sack to that list! roflmao


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Congrats!

I have hunted on my own some, I will say I much rather hunt with my wife, brother, father, son, or friends. Im 33 and I gotta say I still really enjoy going and sitting with my dad or brother... depending on what was eaten the night before for dinner!!!!!!!!!!!

The field dressing will come with practice. I cant tell you how many deer and hogs ive gutted and at the first of the season I knock one down and scratch my head for a sec before I go poking it with a knife.


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Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7730116 01/27/20 09:31 PM
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The only thing I hate about deer hunting alone is loading a deer by yourself. Congrats on your buck.

Re: First time hunting solo [Re: supertruck97] #7730120 01/27/20 09:35 PM
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Congrats!! That's awesome!!

While it is tougher, it is an experience and a memory made...and the pain of it will wear off and be replaced with pride for doing it all on your own. (Not to mention that no one really knows how bad it was because you were by yourself rofl)

I love to hunt. Period. I hunt with a big group, sometimes small groups and sometimes by myself and I enjoy them all, so can't really say I have a preference.

Good luck in turkey season cheers


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Awesome story! Congratulations on your first solo! That will forever be a great memory for you, and heck, that's most of the reason we all go, for the experiences!


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Originally Posted by QuitShootinYoungBucks
Awesome story! Congratulations on your first solo! That will forever be a great memory for you, and heck, that's most of the reason we all go, for the experiences!

Agree! Congrats to the hunter.

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Way to go man! Just like cleaning a fish, best way to learn is to get in there yourself.

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