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When do you make the decision to shoot?

Old 02-25-2010, 07:24 AM
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Default When do you make the decision to shoot?

Do you make that decision before you enter the woods or do you decide later? Unless I meet up with a big old bruiser, I seem to always make the decision after I see that deer. My decision is usually based on how I feel at that moment. Do I want to kill that animal or let it walk? Of course there have been years when I let a doe or young buck walk only to have the season end without filling my tag. That's OK because I never regret the reason for letting that deer live.

For those that say: "If it's brown, it's down", then your mind is already made up. If you are more selective, what makes you decide to take the shot or not and when do you make that decision?

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Old 02-25-2010, 07:54 AM
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The largest part of my decisions are made in my garage.

I look in the freezers and check the supply of venison.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:06 AM
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i'll 2nd that!
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by uncle matt View Post
The largest part of my decisions are made in my garage.

I look in the freezers and check the supply of venison.
Matt, does that mean you will then shoot any deer? Fawns, button bucks, etc or will you wait for a legal adult deer?
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:21 AM
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I have yet to get a deer (After 2 seasons of hunting). I have seen quite a few in my stand. I will only shoot if I think I can hit it in the lungs. I let one walk at 60 yards because I was not comfortable with the distance.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:23 AM
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well usually i will go and shoot the 2 biggest ones right off the bat...bucks or does dont matter unless its in the law in the area im in....this year i was in the contest so i was tryin to impress and ended up with just a doe ..lol...i let a 6 and a few others slide lookin fer a 10 point that i never ever saw..thinkin he didnt make it...but i know that 6 is still there and cant wait to see him again, as i let him go both rifle and bow season waitin on a non-existent 10 ...so my answer is, one time I was in a contest and let a few slide, but that is history.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by markmon007 View Post
I have yet to get a deer (After 2 seasons of hunting). I have seen quite a few in my stand. I will only shoot if I think I can hit it in the lungs. I let one walk at 60 yards because I was not comfortable with the distance.


im guessin bow or shot gun?
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:27 AM
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i always set out with an open mind, if given the appropriate shot opportunity, i ask myself "should i take this deer?" i never set out saying "i will shoot the first deer i see"
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:40 AM
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I don't hunt the "woods" I hunt the open prairie. We can see deer from 2-3 miles away. We size them up long before we do the stalk. Sometimes the stalk could take 1-1 1/2" hours so we make pretty well sure what the beast looks like before we go on that kind of adventure.

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:19 AM
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When I say to myself...........Wow, that's a shooter !
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