Blew out deer, should I go back?

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Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby warrenm0624 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:20 am

I’m on a public land hunt that only allows one buck. 40 people on 5000 ish acres. 4th hunt they’ve done here this season so stuff is pretty skiddish/ tough to find. I shot a spike on day one (idiot! But first public land deer and I hunt with trad bows so I’m pretty happy) and am now doe and pig hunting. I found an awesome bedding area yesterday and of course had a 145 inch 11 get all the way up to 10 yards see me, snort and bolt. I was on the ground hunting the edge of the bedding. Then I stuck a doe. Then behind her was another awesome 8 pointer that also got to 10 yards while I was standing and he snorted and bolted. Then I traunched around looking for my doe for a couple hours into the night. But stayed relatively out of the bedding area. It’s maybe 30 acres of bedding. I have two buddies that have not filled their buck tag yet. Do y’all think one of them should go back into that bedding area or do you think it’s sufficiently blown out? I’m gonna go back to it and try to get another doe this eve if they don’t. I have a feeling those were probably the only two good bucks working that area so do you think they’ll avoid it like the plague now? Or maybe come back?


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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby headgear » Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:10 am

Probably gone but sometimes it is worth a look, the pressure should be much lower this time of year so maybe they didn't move or maybe they just moved a little bit or just to another area within the 5000 acres. You just have to scout it and try and see for sure.
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Unread postby Buckshot20 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:50 am

If you don’t try then you will never know
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:02 am

Those bucks could still be close. 30 acres is a large bedding area, they probably have a lot of options inside of the security cover.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby warrenm0624 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:07 am

Thanks guys. I actually measured it and it’s closer to 10 acres. But still it seems like there’s a chance if someone comes at it from a different angle.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby TripleD » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:16 am

I’d go back, not to the same tree. I’d move a couple hundreds in either direction. Be surprised if they’d come back after picking you off. They patterned you and will probably avoid that specific area.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby may21581 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:15 am

Absolutely! Sure they weren't after a hot doe in there? If that's the case they wont be far.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby warrenm0624 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:27 am

I think they were on a hot doe. And I think I shot her. But it was a flesh wound too far forward in the shoulder. She’s probably not feeling too hot anymore.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby warrenm0624 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:39 am

well my brother is back in there and is already covered up. Passed on a spike at ten yards cause two nice 8’s were running does at 30 yards. Thanks for the advice. He’s just 100 yards away from where I was. Sounds like one of the 8’s is one I saw yesterday.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby may21581 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:26 am

Odds are she isn't the only hot doe. The yearling does come in to heat late along with the does that were missed the first go around. Remember the rut is from october through january possibly even later. There are peaks and certain times are better than others but bottom line does are still being bred. Watch Dan's video from last late season where he shoots his impressive 8 pointer. Good luck.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby warrenm0624 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:20 pm

He got an arrow in a buck! Letting it sit for a bit then heading in. Thanks y’all!
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby may21581 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:05 am

warrenm0624 wrote:He got an arrow in a buck! Letting it sit for a bit then heading in. Thanks y’all!


Awesome keep us posted!
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby tgreeno » Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:49 am

I always go back and give it another try. You know they are they, why wouldn't you?
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby warrenm0624 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:02 am

Hate to say it but we did not recover the deer. Liver/ guts. Put 6 miles on my feet looking for it and there were 4 of us doing that.

It was the right call to get back in there and hunt though. Thanks for your input.
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Re: Blew out deer, should I go back?

Unread postby DaveT1963 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:33 am

It really depends on pressure. After 2 1/2 months of hunting I don't normally put a lot of faith in deer returning to same bedding if I spook them bad. Yes it can happen, but this late in year its not consistent enough for me to even think about a bump and dump. I would much rather prefer hitting the bedding I assume they will relocate to. JMO

Having said that, a hot doe can do strange things and so can the bucks following them.


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