My Deer Are Gun Shy
Posted 26 November 2009 - 07:52 PM
I set up a blind in the edge of the woods by a creek. It is the lowest part of a valley that is wooded on one side and corn on the other. There were tons of tracks and deer sign, so I felt that I had a good spot. Turns out the deer were getting into the cornfield farther up from that path though and two days in a row I watched 5 to 7 deer walk by me within range but with tons of brush, briars and trees in the way. So, I figured I needed to be closer to the field. I know most people in this situation would use a tree stand and I agree that would probably be best but I tried something diffferent. There is a pine tree that fell into the edge of the feild which I had earlier cut branches from to conceal my blind and figured the pine would hide scent as well. The hollowed out spot that made is, as I see it, a good natural blind. I have never been so close to wild deer in my life. The first day in there was kinda rainy and the deer had no clue I was there. A doe and spike buck came crashing out of the woods about 15 yds away just after I had layed back on some braches to get comfortable. I wanted to get that doe, but trying to sit back up and get my 60" recurve up without being seen was tricky. By the time I was up she had moved away to what I thought was out of range. Later I paced the distance at about 31 yds. and kicked my self a couple times because that really is a do-able shot. But anyway, that same day about 20 min. later I heard what I thought was another deer moving up right behind me. There were tons of squirrels, birds and even mice making every type of noise possible to them, so I wasn't sure that I was really hearing a deer. I waited a minute, then decided to turn and look. Turned out, it was a deer about 15 feet away staring me straight in the eye. I hate to admit it, but I actually got a little concerned because bows are not good defensive weapons and I've heard some stories about rutting bucks. Luckily (I guess) the deer wasn't there to fight, just stare for a bit then run away. On the next evening, I thought for sure I would have success. But only one doe came out right around sunset. She came out of the woods on the opposite side of the tree I was sitting under/beside and moved straight into the field. As she passed, less than 10 feet away, I really wished I was using any kind of weapon that could shoot through the vines and braches. But, then again, it is very exciting to be that close. She never moved down the feild before it started to get dark so I had to get up and leave with her just a few yards away. She only ran a little way then stopped broadside and looked at me. I just stood there waiting for her to make the next move. Eventually, she decided to run off and put on a show jumping at least 10 feet in the air several times. Most of you already know that bow hunting is a rush. Then youth gun season started.
I can not believe how many guns are going off around these parts all day long now and my deer have taken notice of it too. The last two days I have seen nothing, not even the squirrels. This is the hunting I'm used to. And now that I know what bow hunting is like during only bow season I already can't wait for next year to get an earlier start.
Posted 27 November 2009 - 07:08 AM
Yeah and you're right about the gun shooting thing, it seems like gun practice starts the week before the season starts. It puts every deer on hiding alert and they go noctunal. Then the drives start to push the deer and then it sounds a war has started. Gun season does not start till Monday 11/30/09 here in Ohio. Bow hunting after that is very difficult.
Posted 27 November 2009 - 09:03 AM
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 09:12 AM
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 10:05 AM
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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:31 PM
Jr yeah used to be that after all the seasons the deer would calm down for January hunting but they moved a late muzzle loading in there this year looking at nocturnal deer for the rest of the season. good luck and keep at it.
I was thinking the same thing, the deer will not be available much after this other than places where no gun hunting is allowed. I know of just a few small places like that and I'm headed there.
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