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Game over?

Unread postby Beararchery87 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:00 am

Hey All,

This is my first post. Just a little background, this is my first year trying to do it “beast style”, playing the wind,hunting less, but smarter and being mobile, etc.

Background info:
I had been seeing good bucks on early season trailcams so I have been tiptoeing around a small property I have permission to hunt. The soybean field at the heart of the farm has been getting scraped up pretty hard, so I put some trail cams over different scrapes on 2 sides of the field. After checking the cams on Saturday at noon in the rain (to cut down on scent). I saw that a good buck was coming to the field regularly between 2-3 am and around dark (6:58pm legal end time)as well, so I decided to set up just inside the bean field in the woods near the scrapes.

The hunt:
Saturday night I get into the stand 3:30pm, ( keep in mind this is a run and gun type hunt, and I don’t have time to trim lanes as where I think they will come from is very open) I’m in the stand 20 minutes and a button buck comes by at 20 yards, and I let him walk, then at 5:30pm I look to the bean field and one of the big boys I have been seeing is working the scrape! (Heart pounding),lol. So he is working the field edge as there are 4 scrapes in a row, he is at 25 yards, due to a poor shot I don’t take it. He starts working along the field again,he’s walking.. finally to an opening! Range it, 26 yards, (okay great, keep calm...) I draw back, his front shoulder gets in the opening and I go to stop him with a mouth bleat... he drops at the sound and bounds off through the beans and out of my life... ugh!

Now for the question... He had no idea I was there, and I had the wind to my advantage, IS he gone forever did I blow it, thoughts on if he will come back and work those scrapes again? I honestly thought I did everything right, I didn’t take unethical shot opportunities I had,I waited and then, boom he’s gone. Never had a deer react to a mouth bleat like that before...A little discouraged


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Re: Game over?

Unread postby Razorhead » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 am

Maybe someone bleated at him earlier in the day and grazed one right across his back. Anytime you elect to make a sound that is not natural to stop a buck you take that risk. I know, it always works on the videos ... at least the ones that are shared.
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Re: Game over?

Unread postby crankn101 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:06 am

If you make a noise to stop them you run a certain risk, if you shoot them at a walk you run a certain risk.

Life goes on, hopefully you get a kill shot on the next one.
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Re: Game over?

Unread postby mauser06 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 am

Every buck seems to be different. Noone can say for certain if he's gone or not.


If you have a good pattern on him...I'd move a bit and give it another shot. If the beans are hot and he's working a scrape line..you have a good opportunity that can be gone soon...here once the beans start to turn, they are largley done with them till winter...


I've never had a deer bolt when I make a noise to stop them...and I used to stop every one I shot. That makes me wonder if he wasn't already on edge...caught you moving..or hit your access..or maybe the wind did blow his way or something...hard to say...I wasn't there. I have had them high tail it at a grunt when they were unaware of my presence and I was trying to coax then my direction. Every animal is different....
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Re: Game over?

Unread postby westbound » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:57 am

If you are fairly confident that he had no idea you were there and spooked solely based on the noise you made, I don't think you have too much to worry about. He didn't smell or see you, he simply heard a noise he didn't like. How does he know it was a predator that made that noise? You may not kill him over the same scrape, but I highly doubt that he's spooked so bad that he's going to abandon the area. It usually takes a lot to cause a mature buck to relocate. I'd be back in there expecting to see this buck as soon as the conditions allow for it.
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Re: Game over?

Unread postby Beararchery87 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:48 am

Thanks guys, sometimes you think these things to make you more confident in your spot or that you might get another chance and just need some reassurance from others.
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Re: Game over?

Unread postby tgreeno » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:55 am

You never know with bucks. He will most likely come back. But will it be during shooting hours? Only one way to find out.
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