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What a rush!

Man what a rush

I have been out of bowhunting for about 20 years now

I watched a small seven pointer make a rub at 25 yards out last evening and then he passed within three yards of the stand...staring at me several times and then he finally just wandered off

He would have been my best buck ever with a bow but was not what I am now looking for

The one on one contest was still GREAT however!!!

Come on Big Boys...I am waiting on you!!!

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That is very cool.  It is

That is very cool.  It is almost just as much fun to sit and watch them and their behavior as it is to pull the trigger on one.  I sat in a treestand for the first time last year and had does running all around me...I completly forgot what I was there for and never drew my bow back on one.

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It is a rush to observe a

It is a rush to observe a buck from that close.  Funny how if you stay still, they know something is not quite right, but they just can't figure it out.  Now the big bucks, they seem to have a six sense.  I swear they didn't see or wind me, but yet for no apparent reason they'll take a different path than the one that would have brought them in range.

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Yes, the big bucks are very

Yes, the big bucks are very wary - that is how they stay alive

If it were not for the rut I bet only about 25 percent of the large bucks would get taken each year!

It was super watching hin however...he worked that tree for a good ten minutes

I did not get that big adrenaline dump because I realized he was small and no action was required on my part

One thing I forgot to mention and I find this to be cool also - while he was working the tree - every hair on his back was standing straight up - like that of a mad dog
By the time he worked his way under the treestand all of it had laid down except the part right on top of his front shoulders - again - just like a dog

Kind of freaky!

At any rate a great experience - now I need to replicate it with a giant buck but have an altogether different story line,,,you know - one where a successful shot is made!!!

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I get the adrenaline rush

I get the adrenaline rush too, but I don't think my hair stands up....maybe it does and I don't notice.  I'll have to pay attention the next time. My heart beat so fast and hard the last time, it actually hurt.  Fun trying to keep calm when your body is screaming at you.

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Pretty cool!

Sounds like you're enjoying your time in the stand!  You should have tried to get some video with your crackberry!lol

As I have mentioned before, I don't do the tree stand thing.  I prefer to be in a ground blind.  I have had my share of up close and personal encounters with deer while in a self-build ground blind though.  I remember during my second season bowhunting, I was sitting in the "V" of two downed pine trees as a natural ground blind.  I was watching five or six does from afar and they eventually made their way towards me.  Although I had an either sex tag in my pocket and had yet to ever take an animal with my bow, I just watched these deer move closer and closer to me until they eventually walked down the other side of the log that I was sitting behind.  I could have reached out and touched them!  I waited until they got about thirty or forty yards away and then slowly picked up my camera and snapped a picture.  That was enough noise for them to be alerted to my position and off they went.

And then two or three years ago, I was sitting in a different ground blind that I had built close to a known bedding area.  About an hour after first light I heard the unmistakable sound of a deer walking up the hillside and towards me.  When it got within view, I could see that it was a young spike so I lowered my bow and just watched.  That thing ended up walking straight towards me and was going to jump into my blind (literally)!  Once I realized his intentions, I made a noise so he would change his mind.  You should have seen how high that little guy jumped straight up in the air.  He then made six or seven bounds down the hill and then stopped and looked back at me and snorted!  I heard him snort several more times on his way down the hill.

There's just something about being on the ground and up close and personal with the animals. Dancing

Man!!!  I wish I was in the woods RIGHT NOW!!!!

 

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I am watching a hunting show

I am watching a hunting show and the host showed how he made a ground blind out of cedars to hunt white tail.  He shot a nice white tail and it almost ran over him.  It jumped over the blind leaving blood on it.  The buck missed him by just two feet.

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It's definately addictive. 

It's definately addictive.  Heck, I have never killed a deer with a bow, and have done it on and off for 20 years.  Why else would I stick with it if it wasn't so much fun?????

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Great stories gatorfan! We

Great stories gatorfan!

We have hunted from ground blinds for years - particularly my brother Ronnie

He too has had to divert deer at the last moment to keep them from becoming blind mates so to speak!!

We have seem MANY deer pass within scant feet of ground blinds - and tree stands

Numerous times - have even toyed with them from the stand by speaking to them or dropping some innocous item (like a hat) on them

I dropped a ball cap on one many years ago - it landed on the deer's back...she just sort of hopped a time or two and looked around as if to say - what was that?

CA-V keep hunting Brother - you will get one!!!!

Also how am I supposed to stay in third place if you keep posting????

My thumbs are tired!!!!

Thanks guys

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Haven't you got it yet,

Haven't you got it yet, you're not supposed to stay in third place.  Go ahead and stop posting, rest your thumbs Wink.....

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Good morning folks! I am

Good morning folks!

I am finally back at home and I must say that the hunt was great (but darn tiring) but it is nice to be home!

The hunting - while I did not take a deer and did not see what I hoped to see as it relates to big bucks - was super fun.

It had been a long time since I went mano y mano with deer like that and it is very exhilirating!!

I went back many years while in the stand - back to squinting my eyes when I looked at them to keep eye contact out of the equation - man, it was like going back in time!

The tiring part was having to carry everything and walk pretty good distances to get to what I thought were good spots (obviously I may have misjudged that part!) - it has been a while since I have HAD to do that on a regular basis....

I think I sort of lost sight to how hard bowhunting is - and found out again in a hurry...

Again, no big bucks - but if the tables had been reversed in that regard - the hunt would have been off of the chart.

Not to make light of the fact that I did not see any shooters, I will say that most of the other hunters did not either.

There were 2 guys in camp that have been going there for 9 years and they stated it was as slow as they had ever seen it.

We needed that one big cold snap and a few more days to get that frantic buck action going...

I am going back on Wednesday so I am hopeful I can catch some of that in person! This will be a shotgun hunt - but if I can get up there in time on Wednesday PM, I can bowhunt all of Thursday in advance of the three day shotgun hunt... I am pushing hard to get that accomplished.

CA-V, I am not sure I can keep up - I will be handicapped again late this week and all through the weekend... and then at the in laws for Thanksgiving - so I will do what I can... I just do not want to fall completely out of the prize contention!!!

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