Nontypical , For me, getting a buck 30 yrds or less is great and pulling back my bow and shooting him at 15 or 20 is even better.To me it's the fact that if I can't get him that close I not going to get him...and it makes it interesting......and by drawing my bow back I get the feel of a true 1 on1 chess match......All my bucks mean alot to me .....but nothing compares to a buck w/a bow! not knock'n ya ...just my 2 cents......those are nice bucks ya got there.
No offense taken unclebuck...to each his own. Our kind of hunting wouldn't fit your way of hunting. We pride ourselves in getting deer CLOSE!!! As mentioned above my son shot his deer at 7 yds. from the ground. Now, this is an 8 yr. old little boy. He shot his 12 pt. last year at a distance of 10 yds. from the ground. If not for shooting my crossbow these 2 deer would not have happened. As for every deer meaning something to you that's great. But, just because our choice of weapon is a crossbow doesn't take away the meaning of the animal taken. Every deer on my wall in our game room has a story behind it and I can relive it just like it happened yesterday. Because it was taken with a crossbow doesn't mean the thrill isn't there. I have 1 buck I shot at a distance of 3 yds....this deer had no idea I was there. I rattled him in from a bean field where he was sparring with another buck. He came looking for the other deer(me). I had no shot at 12 yds. do to the weeds in the way. He turned and started through the fence row right where I stood. I shot him at point blank range. When he jumped forward I turned because I thought he was going to jump on me...the weeds that caught on my arrow sticking out of his shoulder hit me in the middle of the back!!! Exciting....just a little. You're right.....there is nothing like it!!!!!
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...