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Old 08-10-2006, 10:50 PM
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I'm not sure I could do it. I read either on here, or in a hunting book I'm reading, about a guy that was looking under pines/cedars during a rainstorm and spotted 2doe and a buck. He ended up spooking them before he had a shot, but that got me wondering if I would/could shoot a deer while it was laying down. What do you guys think about this?
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:05 PM
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if i was using a bow,i wouldnt have a problem with it...if u can get that close with a bow and them not spook thats sayin something...with a rifle id still do it but i wouldnt be as proud....
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:44 PM
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Brown is down!!!!!!
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Old 08-11-2006, 12:57 AM
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If they don't want to be shot on the ground they better be standing. In the infinate wisdom of Uncle Ted "A deer is a deer". I get a kick out of people saying that they won't shoot a duck on the water. He better not land in my decoys. I let 3 times more deer walk than I shoot every year, and I am a 2 yr 8pt or better shooter. I don't see the big deal about whether to shoot one laying down is. It is legal so yes I will.
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Old 08-11-2006, 04:32 AM
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Meat that's already on the ground means no chance of bruising , it also means my meat isn't likely to get up and run 200 yards , I'd take that shot anytime .
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:39 AM
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I would take the shot. I think it says alot to be able to be in position to get it in the first place.
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:41 AM
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Like any deer, depends on the horns
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:09 AM
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Yes, I think I would too. In most cases the deer are just as alert when laying as when standing, and sometimes more so. I passed a nice buck one time that was in his bed. He was about 40yds and with my .284 win. he had no chance. But instead I watched hi for about 5 minutes and decided to let him live. Mainly because he had an oddle deformed right antler. and continued hunting down the bench past him.
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:45 AM
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I have taken two deer that were bedded, one in corn and another ina Christmas tree farm on a windy day. Both bow shots about 12-15 yds. It can be quite a rush stalking along thinking you see something and it's not a stump but an actual damn deer that has no idea you're there. Then trying to get into position for the shot and praying "please just stay, just stay" then making the shot, the rush is better than a six pack of Red Bull any day.
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:49 AM
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I would take the shot, if you miss that deer is outta there. However I would never take a shot at a swimming deer - if you miss there the deer has got nowhere to go - nothing fair chase about that.
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