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0 for season.

Well all of my 2010 hunts are over. I didnt harvest an animal this year but gain some valuble expereances bow hunting. I've already touched on my early season hunts. My late season deer hunt was a busy one. I was able to make it out 6 times in the 3 weeks i had to hunt. The first few days out i passed on some smaller bucks in hopes of a big blacktail coming in. I also passed on a ton of does. well it came down to the last day i could make it out and the weather was cold and a mix of snow and rain. I saw a total of 8 deer that day. 3 bucks and 5 does. only 1 doe gave me a shot and it was at 65 yrds and i shot right below her. when i retreived my arrow it had a little bit of hair on it. the only thing i came up with as to why i missed was i didnt adjust enough for the pounding rain. i took my 60 yrd pin and put it on the top of her back but i guess it wasnt enough. hopefully next year will be better as far as rutting activity for both deer and elk as this year was just off. how did other NW hunters do?

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good try - don't lose heart!

It sure sounds like you gave it a good try.

Don't lose heart.  There are many of us that ended seasons empty handed.

 

Here's a story called "Learning Patience" that I posted about exactly that:

http://www.biggamehunt.net/stories/learning-patience 

 

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No heart loss here. This isnt

No heart loss here. This isnt the first time I've come out empty handed. I'm just chomping at the bit to get back out there next year. I think i'm gonna apply for a spring bear tag so i can get some hunting in this spring. great story btw.

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I think that way too many

I think that way too many hunters judge that their season was successful by taking the animal that they were hunting. I figure that as long as you had a chance at one weather or not you pulled the trigger or let loose the string you season was a success. You don't always need to bring home meat for a fun and successful hunt.

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agree

I agree 100% Critter!! even though i didnt get an animal i had a blast and learned alot about bow hunting. To me I was successful due to the knowlegde i gained, I had my chances at both deer and elk. but some bad breaks like the wind shifting and the bulls caught my scent and blew out of there and drawing on some smaller bucks at 30yrds but holding out for a bigger one. How to stalk animals better, getting in close to the animals. I'm hooked on bow hunting and will be doing it as long as i can. for now the only time i plan on using my rifle is to bear hunt. To me the harvest is just a bonus, the outdoor experiance is the true reward in my busy caotic life.

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Sorry to hear Numb! I too am

Sorry to hear Numb!

I too am 0 for the seasons, and I have only one trip left to try and get an archery deer.  Probably go Sunday evening.

That being said, as others have mentioned, at least you got out, had some good experiences, etc.

The silver lining I have is that we have year round pig hunting, and turkey is only 3 months away... Wink

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Sorry to hear that Numb but I

Sorry to hear that Numb but I am sure you had a great time. That is all that matters. You got close to elk, you got close to deer, and even got to release an arrow at an animal. I am sure that you are going to get your chances again next year. And bear hunting is going to be a blast too. I bet you can not wait for your chance at a bruin. Why not give bear hunting a go with your bow though? That would make for an interesting tracking job... I'd be bringing an extra set of undies though. I have never hunted bears with a bow though so I can't really talk. I took my bear with a 270 and anybody can feel tough with a centerfile rifle in their hands... a bow is a totally different matter though.

And Vermonster: Amen brother to turkey hunting coming up soon!

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I would love to hunt a bear with a bow, call me stupid but I'm not scared to hunt predators with a stick and string. If we could use bait I would use a tree stand or blind and wait one out but since i cant I will have to spot and stalk or call one in. I might give it a try next year. my goal is to take all game animals in oregon with a bow including cougar. I have only met 1 person to take a cat with his bow. I wanna take a turkey with my bow this spring i just dont know where to go, most turkey's are on private land, there are a few public land that have good numbers just very crowded. Haweye- hows your new bow set up going, I'm still jelious, i really had my eye on that prize.lol

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