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Why do I suck so much!?

Old 12-07-2002, 12:08 PM
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Well, here's the deal. I got myself and my dad into bowhunting 3 years ago. I became obsessed, and read everything about deer. And my best friends dad took me out to show me more tricks of the trade. Well I moved away so I can't go hunting with him anymore but either I moved to a bad area, or I just suck at deer hunting. They say where I hunt is one of the best places in northern illinois but I'm starting to doubt them. Well so the only action I've gotten all season is a very small doe torturing me in every shooting lane at about 20 yards but I passed it up. Then the last time I went I had a spike come within 45 yards and I'm not comfortable taking that shot. I've been out plenty other times in good conditions but I've seen nothing. I get desperate when I don't see anything which leads me to do stupid things like just pick a random stand and ditch the one I have. My stand before the season had trails beaten in and everything so I set up about 15-20 yards where a couple of the trails funnel and I have 3 trees to choose from so i'm never winded. I also, do blind calling when I'm desperate. I read a lot that it works but it never has for me by doing it in intervals of a half hour with the doe in a can, grunt call, grunt call/rattle bag, and a fawn bleat. Well I've never actually tried the fawn bleat in the woods but I've called in does to my backyard with it. So am I doing something wrong here?? I'm starting to get mad because in the past 3 years I've gotten one doe and last year I had one jump the string. Just give me your opinions on why I am not getting anything.
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Old 12-07-2002, 12:37 PM
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If you have does in the backyard what's the problem? I have does in my backyard too. Although my backyard is 60 acres but that's beside the point. If you're calling does into your backyard you should be putting meat in your freezer. Now if you're just trophy hunting, that's different. Could be there are no mature bucks in that area. But if there are does there, there will be bucks. This time of year start looking for their feeding areas. Cornfields, alphalfa fields, oak trees, soybean fields, whatever is around for them to graze. The does are concerned with fattening up for winter. The bucks are too and still looking for the odd doe that didn't get bred during the rut. Using the doe bleat call and doe esterus scent should bring in mature bucks within 100 yards of you right to you provided they don't see you or wind you. Don't get discouraged. I've hunted for 2 years with a bow and still haven't gotten one. Because of equipment, not tactics. Good luck. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-07-2002, 01:28 PM
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well in Il. second gun season is in. i do not see much after the first one. i would look for the thickest thicket you can find, look for the trail and set up. if you are around chicago GOOD LUCK all the part timmers probably have it tore up. at least that is the way i found it when i lived in indy. and chicago is a lot bigger. But i also found that a couple of weeks after the guns are done they start moving again. Hunt the thickets in the morning and the food in the evening. hope this helps.

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Old 12-07-2002, 02:01 PM
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AHhhhhhhhhhh.. Patience Grasshopper. When you can pluck the stones from my hand you will know.<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> Anyway, don't be so hard on yourself. Maybe you do suck(I doubt it)... but you can get better. Be absolutely positive you're hunting the wind. Rather than try and make noise and rattle and stink the woods up... try and be as quiet and still and stink free as you can. But first, make sure you're in the right places. Where are the deer feeding? Which way do they go to get there? Where do they go to bed? Look for thicker travel corridors and alternate food in between. Food sources change and change often sometimes. Hunting pressure adds another factor that can blow the best laid plans. How high in the tree are you? Watch your approaches to your stands. Change stands a LOT. You should never see a whole deer first. Look for a flick of an ear, a tail, a horizontal line, the triangle of a deers face etc etc etc. I can guarantee that you may not be seeing deer... but some are seeing you. Almost ALL new hunters I've ever seen move to much. Get comfy and wait them out.

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Old 12-07-2002, 06:31 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote<font size=1 face='Verdana, Arial, Helvetica' id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>AHhhhhhhhhhh.. Patience Grasshopper. When you can pluck the stones from my hand you will know. Anyway, don't be so hard on yourself. Maybe you do suck <hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face='Verdana, Arial, Helvetica' size=2 id=quote>

LOL&lt; Thats not nice, LOL

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Old 12-07-2002, 06:35 PM
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Just reread Davidmils posts, that's what I would say if I felt like typing it all out. Just hang in there, and keep trying. Start scouting now for next year, always be looking for changing patterns, look for the food the deer are eating now, not last week. Watch the wind, and how you go to and from your stand. Don't walk through feeding or bedding areas, be very still, and quiet. You may also just not have that great an area to hunt. In my &quot;back yard&quot; I have a huntable population of deer, but I really have to work to find them. I may hunt 3 days before I see one. on the other hand I may have 3 days of good sightings, and a decent buck in the mix. Deer hunting is a year round sport if you want to be succesful. You can't expect to start on opening day, and stop on the last. Always look for a &quot;better&quot; spot, and don't give up.

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Old 12-07-2002, 06:37 PM
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Master is correct, you must be patient.

This is my second year back to the sport after a 10 year hiatus. Last year I saw a total of 5 deer, both gun and bow.

This year I saw at least 30, all does, but hey, they eat good.

The buck to doe ratio in my area is about 20:1.

Hang in there.

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Old 12-08-2002, 02:22 AM
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Chances are you are overdoing it with vocal calls or your scent is getting you. Hunt the wind. Keep it simple and have patience. It took me 7yrs to kill a deer with bow, learned from school of hard knocks {self taught}. I now after twenty years harvest several ever year. Nothing like in field excperiences, you will learn something almost evertime you are in the field. Just when you think you know it all, those whitetails will prove your theory wrong! Good Luck!
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Old 12-08-2002, 09:14 AM
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Gee strange post ,the only people that I know that suck are limp wristed people.And I stay far away from them
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Old 12-08-2002, 09:31 AM
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just keep scouting and have fun hunting

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