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Deer Hunting

Discussion in 'Tilted Weaponry' started by Smackre, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Smackre

    Smackre Vertical Donor

    Location:
    Ghutt, Ohio
    Ohio gun season started Monday. Went out and saw 8 does all day. All of them on the side of the river I can't hunt. Went out Tuesday and was walking to the truck to grab some lunch and I look left and hey there's a buck standing in the field about 100 yrds away. But I can not shoot in that direction due to houses being about 600 yrds behind the deer. He moved a little and I could then shoot but it was a offhand 100yrds shot and I missed. Looked for blood for 45 mins and never found any. I will be back out Thursday/Friday and Saturday. Would go on Sunday but I have a bowling tournament.
     
  2. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Hopefully you get something big. :D
     
  3. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Funny story. It was in the 50s today and I had an extra hour or so this afternoon, so I decided to take the bike out for a rare late-Nov ride. Not far from where I live is a field where I often see deer. Two sides of the field border some fairly extensive woods, so often when I drive bay around dusk I'll see a few deer feeding in the field. There is a drainage ditch that runs through the field with some really tall grass along it. As I ride by I see what appears to be a father-son combo sitting in the tall grass along the drainage ditch, about 50 yards from the woods. I can see them clearly because of the blaze orange (supposedly deer can't see blaze orange, I'm not convinced :p ). It was obvious they were sitting where they were in hopes that some deer would walk the tree line to either get water, or try to feed on leftover corn at the edge of the field. The kid looked about 12-14 years old, and I kind of smiled at dad teaching his boy to hunt. Then I rolled about 500 yards further down the road and looked at the field on the other side, it's a narrow strip also bordered with trees. Not 50 yards off the road were two does standing in the field feeding. The noise of my exhaust made them pick up their heads and trot for the tree line. I laughed at the thought of Dad and Jr. sitting quietly waiting for deer to show up when right behind them, and only a little ways out of their sight, there were two does just standing in the field peacefully. :p
     
  4. EventHorizon

    EventHorizon assuredly the cause of the angry Economy..

    Location:
    FREEDOM!
    i've been deer hunting once. shot twice. bagged zero deer. had a blast though! not sure what i should do since i want to buy my own bow (preferably compound, not sure if 1 vs 2 cams makes a difference, if so, i haven't noticed)
     
  5. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Were your two shots taken with a bow or firearm?
     
  6. EventHorizon

    EventHorizon assuredly the cause of the angry Economy..

    Location:
    FREEDOM!
    firearm. not even sure what it was. initially i was just along for the ride and to see how it was done but then someone didn't show but their rifle did so i got to shoot... that's the kind of day it was
     
  7. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Well, my first recommendation if you are interested in hunting is to figure out what weapon is best to be hunting with in your area. Most places that is rifle in .308, 30-06, or the like. Where I am, modern rifles aren't legal for deer hunting, so I use a 12ga shotgun. Regardless, it's best if you figure out the answer for that question in your area, then become very proficient in it's use. IMHO (and I'm not saying this as a lecture or trying to rip you personally, please don't take it that way), it should be extremely rare for you to take a shot from far enough away, or at a target hard enough to hit (due to angle, movement, etc.), that you miss the deer completely. To me, part of the ethics of hunting is doing your absolute best for it to be a kill shot every time. In reality that doesn't always happen. But when you are sighting in on a deer it should be, at least in my opinion, in a situation where you are aiming at an exact place that you know will drop it in short order, not just a general shot at the deer itself. Obviously hunters far better than me still get "buck fever" and pull a shot a few inches, or a deer moves at the second you pull the trigger, or you miss that a branch is hanging down just in the wrong spot. But if you practice, practice, practice, you will minimize those instances. The benefits are 1) a more ethical hunt, 2) a more successful hunt. :)

    So if you are interested in hunting, I by all means encourage you to continue learning, asking friends for advice and help, and figuring out if it is for you. But I also encourage you to practice your shooting, and think far in advance what shots you are confident you can hit. Wish you the best! :cool:
     
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  8. EventHorizon

    EventHorizon assuredly the cause of the angry Economy..

    Location:
    FREEDOM!
    that's exactly what happened to me, i just saw a deer and wanted it. waaay too far away and honestly it was my first time out hunting. practice makes perfect though right?
     
  9. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    That situation is exactly what your practice for. So when you see it and really want it, you'll know if you can hit it.
     
  10. EventHorizon

    EventHorizon assuredly the cause of the angry Economy..

    Location:
    FREEDOM!
    you know much about bow hunting? it just seems cheaper on the ammunition and weapon side of things as well as being something i can practice in my back yard without getting visits from the popo
     
  11. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    A good bow will run you about as much as a decent hunting rifle/shotgun, often times more. Good arrows aren't cheap either. By the time you get half a dozen arrows with field tips and half a dozen with broadheads, you are looking at $150-200+ just in arrows. To get a decent bow and have it set up for you can easily run $500 on the low end, to over $1000 if you go with stuff closer to the top of the line. If I were asked by someone "should I try hunting with a firearm first or should I try bow hunting first?" I would tell them to get a gun and try that first. Getting fast and accurate with a bow takes more skill and practice than getting accurate with a gun. And purely due to the extended range most firearms have compared to most bows, you are going to get more chances to harvest a deer successfully and ethically.
     
  12. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    EventHorizon. I love hunting. I use either a Winchester 270 or a 30-o6 or a 30-30 Depending on what area im hunting in. As far as for a bow i have a Jennings XLR compound bow.
    You can find good deals at sporting good stores right after deer season is over. Best of luck to you and either Borla or i can answer most any question you have:cool:
     
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  13. ring

    ring

    the ten years i was able to deer hunt on private family owned land with a rifle was a privilege.
    (i felt most comfortable using an old sporterized 303 British/Enfield bolt-action with a 1 power scope.) especially during very cold temps.
    didn't trust using my thumb to half cock as a safety on the Winchester 30-30.
    the extra weight of the 303 Enfield i found was easier to steady for aim.

    most of us were meat hunters and not so much into the trophy buck racks.
    i let a huge buck go by one time - took some serious flak for that from my great uncle.

    i was trained to be a one shot hunter. all of us on the property sat very still and quiet in the trees. for hours.

    The rowdy neighboring hunters all hepped up to do a drive chased many a deer to our 179 acres of patient ambushers.

    i miss the vension meat. i miss the whole ritual of getting ready for the hunt. i miss the part where i cry for a few seconds and pet the deer whose life i just took.

    and say thank you.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
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  14. kattoes

    kattoes New Member

    Location:
    Southwest
    I've been for turkey this year, Elk, Havalina, Mule Deer @ Kaibab & Patagonia, AZ & the White Mountains...
    Haven't been drawn for Antelope yet.
    I don't sit well and haven't done any blind or tree sitting. Tried to sit still on a sunny hot afternoon waiting, but ended up being surrounded by 40-50 Turkey. Wasn't drawn for them. Closest I have probably come to meditation yet.
     
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  15. kattoes

    kattoes New Member

    Location:
    Southwest
  16. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Never fails.
    I always end up surrounded by turkeys at some point during deer season.
    Quite a wonderful experience.
     
  17. EventHorizon

    EventHorizon assuredly the cause of the angry Economy..

    Location:
    FREEDOM!
    that's not even fair... what is it legal to kill game with within city limits?
     
  18. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Taxidermist just called, my mount is ready. I should have pics by tomorrow night. :D
     
  19. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

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    Left hand one is this year's. Right hand one is the one from a couple years ago, same stand, same trail, just a few yards from the exact same spot.

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  20. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Congrats. Very nice display.
    Where are they going to end up?