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Well I blew my chances twice yesterday to take my first deer with a bow. First I approcahed a food plot of ours and saw 3 does about 100yds down a hill so I dropped my pack and my quiver and started crawling towards the edge of the field and then towards the deer when I got to about 65 yards from them the woods on the side of the field kind of opened up so I eased off in the woods and slowly made my way to where I thought I would come out about 15-20 yds above the deer but I came out right on top of them. When I drew back there was a tree in my way so I took a step to the right, and before I could find the broadside doe in my peep all three flagged off and ran like the wind. Next I went to our lower pasture and was walking the road in and a deer was standing about 30 yards quartering away from me and when I drew back my arrow came off my rest and then off my bow. Needless to say that doe skeedaddled out there. So here are my questions
1) Any tips on how to sneak closer to a wary old whitetail doe?
2) Any tips on how to carry a bow for long walking trips with an arrow nocked or very close to being nocked?
3)A ny advice on a new arrow rest the one i have is jus a 2 metal prong with shrink wrap on them.

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Welcome to bowhunting bnow !!! :smile:
Sounds like you did everything as you're supposed to just that...well....thats bowhuntin, "if it can happen, it will"
I have the same type arrow rest on my bow, same one that was on the overdraw when I bought the bow. Do you use a release or just your fingers? I had to start using a release cause I would somehow un-nock my arrow when I would draw using my fingers and it hasn't happened since.
I dont have an answer for walking with arrow nocked. I have seen lil holster like things that strap onto your leg and hold your bow in Cabelas and Bass Pro catalogs but I dont know how well they would work for the purpose of walking with arrow nocked on bowstring.
As for sneaking up on a Deer...I'm sure you'll get ideas as verried as the responses
I did see on TV once where a fella walked out into a field carrying a 3D target of a Deer and stopped about 50 yards from a Buck and several Does and proceeded to grunt the buck close enough to shoot him with a bow. reminds me of a movie I saw once where when Robert Redford asked the old mountain man if the Elk would see their feet and spook after the old mountain man told him to hide behind his horse and walk out into a field to get closer to the Elk...the old mountain man replied " Elk don't know how many legs a horse got"

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Location: Alabama
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Yeah I use a release. The day after I posted this I took the skin from my first rifle deer( I had it tanned) and thought maybe I could get closer to them with that over my head but I couldn't find any deer to get close to But I'll keep tryin'

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OMG !!! Watch out that you dont find another hunter !!!!

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Yeah that was what I thought about after I did it. But our lease is bordered by a several hundred acre production plant on one side as well as surrounded by private property on all other sides. So it was pretty safe but I don't think I'll try that one again!

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I'll back up what JTapia said, becareful Bnow, personally I wouldn't do that with the hide or the decoy during the hunting season. Sure its private property, but unfortunately hunters jump property lines intentionally or unwittingly.

You didn't mention anything about wind direction in your post. If you got that close chances are your pretty silent, but they still could have been aware of you by your scent and known something was up.

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I had the same problem with that two-pronged rest......the arrow always fell off when I pulled the bow back. I missed alot of great opportunities that way. Well, this year, I got tired of it. I bought a new rest, and I think I cured that problem. I dont remember the brand name off hand, but it is a drop-away rest in the spape of a large 'U'. The arrow sits in the bottom of the U and when you pull the bow back, it brings your arrow up to the proper position. No more arrows falling off for me.........ever. It is virtually impossible with this rest. You could nock an arrow, and turn your bow almost upside down b4 the arrow fell out. I think it's gonna work great.

Sure wish I could remember the brand name.

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Darn Junior, if you remember the brand name please post it here.
I looked in cabelas catalog but didn't see one but it was the spring catalog, it seems that the Girlfriend thinks hunting catalogs are "clutter" that deserves nothing but a trip to the trash can.
It seems that just as I was telling Bnow that never happened to me....danged if it didn't happen...twice. I drew back and "click"...the arrow fell off the rest..white flags everywhere...6 does the first time, one small 4 point the second time and no kills because of it.

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You should put moleskin or some other quiet material on your riser and under the arrow rest. This way if the arrow falls off the rest it won't "clank". If you are shooting with a release you may find that if you come to full draw and then have to let the arrow back down with out shooting, the arrow may pop off the string. This is because the way the knock getts pinched by the release at that angle. If you use a loop to hook your release to, the knocks won't pinch against the arrow and cause it to come out.

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This year I also switched rest and went to the quicktune 2000 drop away arrow rest. Let me tell you I have shot lots of different types of rest and this one by far is the best. One other thing that may cause your arrow to unnock while drawing is your string nocks may be to close together, if they are tight to your arrow's nock when you draw they will pinch your arrow off the string. Ways to fix that is space your nocks out so you have room about 1/16" is all you need, use a loop but this still should be spaced, use only one nock with your release attached underneath your arrow(i only suggest this if your release comes with a loop). Getting close sounds like you have that under control just stick with it and everything will work in time. Good luck with all your up comming hunts.

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Try the Whisker Biscuit arrow rest. I have the upmost confidence in mine.

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