What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Usi05 » Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:49 pm

1) when I was 12 I got all set up on our property and my dad didn’t take me seriously. Gave me his rifle I never shot before and missed a big buck at 30 yards. I’ll never forgot the noise he made coming through the woods.

2) two years ago I set up quickly on some public but got in late so picked a crappy tree. Big buck walks out 40 yards from me but tree I picked had a limb in my draw area and my harness was way too tight. Couldn’t draw my bow quickly enough without finagling. By time I got it drawn he was out of range. Found his sheds that year and he would have been my biggest easily.

3) not getting mobile sooner


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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby BA-IV » Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:20 pm

My biggest mistake was growing up learning deer hunting off TV shows. The only thing that saved me was half of my knowledge came from any deer hunting book I could get my hands on. I should have been learning from the deer themselves. Which this mistake lead me to believe I should only kill big bucks, so I didn’t learn to really kill deer til later on. I would pass deer after deer after deer waiting on that stud that TV guys said was going to be there. I remember at 12 and 13 years old passing well over a hundred deer both seasons off a rye grass field and the staging areas close to em.

I was mobile back then though, I hunted out of a Lil Ol Man climbing stand, but had no clue about being mobile. Just knew I needed to move a lot if I wanted to keep seeing deer.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby tim » Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:13 pm

There is no such thing as mistakes only happy accidents at least that’s what Bob Ross preached lol
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Ghost Hunter » Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:06 pm

tim wrote:There is no such thing as mistakes only happy accidents at least that’s what Bob Ross preached lol


Lol.

That's funny. At farm we only get like four channels to watch. One of them is Bob Ross. I have it going a lot watching him draw his happy trees. Funny how I look forward to it each year.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Grizzlyadam » Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:43 am

Probably the biggest mistake I've made and wasted more time because of it than anything else was sitting the same spots over and over. I just didn't realize the importance of my ground scent and access and how fast the deer would pick up on my routine.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby thwack16 » Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:53 am

Mine have just been encounters with big deer and messing those up. From 17-24 I was able to put a ton of time in the woods and there's 5 such encounters that will haunt me for the rest of my life. My "wall" would look a lot different if I'd just capitalized on a few of those. And 4 of the 5 happened while bowhunting during rifle season.

The other big mistake was to not start traveling to the Midwest earlier in life.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Brokenarrow1980 » Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:37 am

I forgot to mention all the times I saw nothing not knowing I made a mistake. If there is sign of heavy doe traffic and you see nothing im learning you probably did something to tip them off.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Hawthorne » Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:34 am

Not killing on some easy shots on nice bucks. Still can’t believe I blew some of them but learned from them all. Another one is not carrying my bow while scouting or not wearing my release at all times in the woods. Not having an arrow knocked walking thru bedding areas also
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:16 am

Trying to stand too shoot with a mature buck at 10 yards.
My list is a few miles long but this event changed how I bow hunt.
I now practice and shoot sitting down.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby BA-IV » Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:53 pm

thwack16 wrote:Mine have just been encounters with big deer and messing those up. From 17-24 I was able to put a ton of time in the woods and there's 5 such encounters that will haunt me for the rest of my life. My "wall" would look a lot different if I'd just capitalized on a few of those. And 4 of the 5 happened while bowhunting during rifle season.

The other big mistake was to not start traveling to the Midwest earlier in life.


My wall would be the same. Bow hunting is a tough sport for sure. I can think of 5-7 encounters that would put mature bucks on my wall IF AND ONLY IF I’d have capitalized on em. You live and learn and it’s taught me a lot, but it’ll haunt me forever.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Tsom » Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:18 pm

Definitely sitting the same exact tree all season. If I sit here enough times a deer is bound to walk by on this trail mentality and not a care in the world about wind direction or ground scent.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby mauser06 » Mon Jun 28, 2021 1:58 am

1 thing came to mind instantly.


#1...having a target peep on a hunting bow. Cost me a shot at a p&y class buck.





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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Andyschulte » Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:25 am

I had what would have been by far my biggest buck in my crosshairs. It was my first time hunting the area, and I didn’t know if he was on public or private. I ended up not shooting, then went over the look where he was standing, and it turned out he was well onto the public.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby greenhorndave » Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:33 am

Andyschulte wrote:I had what would have been by far my biggest buck in my crosshairs. It was my first time hunting the area, and I didn’t know if he was on public or private. I ended up not shooting, then went over the look where he was standing, and it turned out he was well onto the public.

I had one like that, although I didn’t even think about drawing. It happened incredibly fast in the rut and I thought all of it was private. It would have taken a lot of luck, but it was not impossible. Well, the corner he went through was on public when I went back and looked at the aerial. He was at least a 160.
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Re: What was your biggest mistake deer hunting?

Unread postby Jimmy wallhanger » Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:25 pm

Dewey wrote:I have been busted a few times climbing down early after a slow evening thinking nothing was moving. Both times were real big bucks I was hunting. Never again. I don’t move till closing time now. Those last few minutes are prime.


Yeah my second season I actually missed a small doe on a monday evening hunt at 11 yards.... then on wednesday I lowered my bow down with about 30 minute remaining and and packing up my gear and hear some rustling and its momma and her yearling, she busts me and was the first time i heard the big sneeze, was shocked at how damn loud it was.


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