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Riffle, Muzzleloader, or Bow

I am an individual that loves to hunt with bow, muzzleloader, and riffle. Hunting with all three weapons allows me to spend more time in the outdoors, and increases my chances of killing a huge buck. What do you like to hunt with??

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I hunt with the rifle and the

I hunt with the rifle and the bow and love both.  In Kansas, just until recently you had to choose between a rifle or bow season.  They just changed it so that you can use any legal weapon during the season.  This means I can sit in my tree stand and be selective with my bow, holding out for that monster buck knowing that if I pass on some small bucks, I will have another opportunity to fill my freezer come rifle season.  I love bow hunting, but I love hunting with a rifle too.

Now some bow hunters look down on those that use rifles and if it was somehow a lesser way to hunt, but not me.  I enjoy both.  In fact, I've considered getting a muzzle loader just as a different way to hunt.  I think it'd be a lot of fun to hunt with a smoke pole.

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I hunt with all three and as

I hunt with all three and as far as a preference I really do not have one.  I spent the fall of this year here in Colorado chacing bulls and bucks with my bow and arrows but never got close enough to one to seal the deal.  I had a couple of smaller bulls in range but the older that I get the pickier I get. 

Then once archery season was over here I headed to Utah for a muzzleloader deer hunt and spent the entire season trying to get into range of a couple of 180+ pt mule deer.  It seamed like everytime that things were going right for me something would happen to spook the deer and off they would go. 

I then picked up my rifle for a spike bull hunt in Utah but had the same outcome.  I found some spikes but they were either way too far away or I wasn't in the right posistion to bag one.  For some reason it seamed like when I switched to a higher power firearm the animals knew and were just out of range.  Now here in November I still have a elk tag for here in Colorado and plan on bgging one of those critters one way or another. 

So it doesn't matter to me just give me a season to hunt them in and I'll graw what ever I need to go out and hunt them.  That is what it is all about anyway. 

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I like the bow because it is

I like the bow because it is challenging and requires you to get so close to the animal.  Being 20 yards or closer to an animal is a real thrill and gets my heart beating fast.  Rifle hunting as you mentioned is challenging too, but the thrill for me is the power of the rifle and the precision that it offers a hunter in taking game.  I always assess my shot and hope for a quick and humane kill with it.  Of course that is the same goal with the bow, but they are different.  You're just going to drop a buck in its tracks with a bow like you can with the rifle.  I pride myself on being able to take a long shot with the rifle, but always strive to get as close as possible.

Might just have to try the muzzleloader next.

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I do like to hunt with all 3,

I do like to hunt with all 3, but I have to be selective out here in California.  You are only allowed 2 tags.  I always get an archery tag, because it's almost 4 months long and gives me the most time in the woods.  Then it's either rifle or ML.  I like the ML season here, as it's either sex and the best chance to get a deer.  However, it is the last 2 weeks of December, and my wife does not like me being gone all the time when she finally gets a vacation.  So I just stick with the rifle season.

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In Kansas we only get one

In Kansas we only get one buck tag, but can use it til filled during the muzzle loader, bow or rifle season.  We can get doe tags too.

I am okay with the system as it is.  A buck and a doe is more than enough meat for me.

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I think you have the right

I think you have the right attitude. Instead of specializing in the use of only one weapon, using all three allows you to hunt more. And what is better than more hunting? Trick question... there is nothing better than spending more time in the hunting woods. There are guys that think that bow hunting is the only way to go. There are also guys that do the same for rifle hunting and the same for black powder hunting. Here in colorado, by using all three methods it allows me to span months of hunting seasons. It allows me to chase elk during the rut and chase deer with a muzzleloader and hunt antelope with a rifle. We all know the old saying, "don't put all your eggs in one basket." Well that saying definitely can apply here.

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I do not sense the attitude

I do not sense the attitude that rifle hunting is the only way to go among rifle hunters, but some bow hunters have an elitist, purist sense that it is sacrilege to use anything else to hunt besides the bow. 

On some other bow hunting sites, this attitude is very prevelant and open.  They look down on rifle hunters as if they are some kind of second class citizen even calling them lazy.  As hunters, we should support all hunters who act and hunt legally.  Noticed I didn't say ethically because there is no black and white when it comes to ethics.  Some believe that current legal hunting methods are unethical, so I use legal as my bright line.

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I have never hunted with a

I have never hunted with a rifle. I have used a muzzle loader a few times in the past. Now I am strictly a bow hunter.

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What made you a bow ony

What made you a bow ony hunter?  When I lived in MD it was because you had a choice then between a shotgun or bow and I didn't like the shotgun.

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You can't use rifles here in

You can't use rifles here in Ohio. I used to be strictly shotgun. My buddy convinced me to try a bow and now I will never go back to a shotgun. Bow hunting is where it's at.

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