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Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? #8956316 11/16/23 12:08 PM
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Missed with a rifle on a hood buck. Public land/national forest. How long to let him cook off, before re hunting? What are the chances of driving him out of the area?

Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956320 11/16/23 12:13 PM
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Go right back at it.....They get kind of used to human noises and people more than one may think...

Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956325 11/16/23 12:44 PM
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I had a good buck walk back around after 20 minutes after I shot over his back. Granted, it was private land and a feeder setting.

Good luck, and don't tell anyone where he is. up


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Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956339 11/16/23 01:33 PM
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Go the next day.

A deer does not have the mental capacity to deduce a hunter shot at him

He just knows there was a loud noise in the woods.


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956369 11/16/23 02:26 PM
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Sooner the better. I missed a nice 10 point, 10 years ago and he was back at first light the next day. I shot him and he ran like he wasn`t hit and I was like wtf, I missed again. Well, I found blood about 20 yards and the buck was about 20 yards from there.

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Sooner the better. I missed a nice 10 point, 10 years ago and he was back at first light the next day. I shot him and he ran like he wasn`t hit and I was like wtf, I missed again. Well, I found blood about 20 yards and the buck was about 20 yards from there.

Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956408 11/16/23 03:25 PM
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I shot a hog Thursday morning at one feeder and 2 minutes later I had several deer walk up to my other feeder. At the private range where I shoot I have a feeder hanging about 75 yards from the shooting bench (for watching, not for hunting) and routinely see deer there while we're banging away.


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Go right back. You miss him again, it might be a couple days before you see him again (if he doesn’t get shot going out to hide). Wishing you good luck.

Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956437 11/16/23 04:20 PM
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Same day. Deer prob has no idea what happened

Re: Wait period to rehunt an area after missing? [Re: bbarron80] #8956460 11/16/23 05:02 PM
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How good was he? Old?

Don't change a thing. If you don't see him for a few days it's not because of the sound of the shot. I have good bucks that only appear at my set up every 2-3 days during day light. The good ones don't get to be good ones by having the exact same pattern every day. There are a lot of other factors that come into play each day that effect the routine of good bucks.


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