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Old 10-21-2017, 10:30 PM
muirsy muirsy is offline
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Default When a nice close shot becomes ...too close?

Had my closest encounter behind the recurve tonight (searching for my first archery harvest)....

Stood in a spot I knew was usually actioned packed leading up to last light. Had great cover leaning up against a tree for close to 90 minutes, and finally I heard some cracks in the distance. Then some more. Then movement. Before I knew it, there were 5 mulley does meandering their way in my direction - this was it, I would be eating tenderloin in a couple hours!

The heart starts pounding as they get closer - a light wind in my face and Iím convinced that Iíll at least be getting a crack at something any minute now.

They keep coming in and still have no idea Iím there (30 yards now) and my heart begins to sink - theyíre getting way too close, and literally are coming at me dead-on. I had expected them to walk parallel to me on a trail...nope. Youíd have thought there was a trail of apples leading to my position.

By now they were so close that I had to start making a move to raise my bow. One of them is now looking at me, flicking her ears...I knew I had maybe 5 seconds. Got about .5 inches into a draw and they took off haha. In hindsight I should have had my bow up before they got that close.

Has this ever happened to anyone else??

Had they quartered and turned down that trail it was a 15 yard layup - but no, they had to beeline from 200 yards right to within 18 yards directly in front of me.

Whatís a guy to do? Ah the highs and the lows...

Thanks for listening to a rattled bow hunter haha

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Old 10-21-2017, 11:27 PM
Bigwoodsman Bigwoodsman is offline
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If you ever get the chance try giving them a loud mew or a sharp whistle as they're starting to leave. Often they'll stop and look back for a second giving you another chance.

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Old 10-22-2017, 12:41 AM
robson3954 robson3954 is offline
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Yeah 5 yards last year. Waited in a wash for mulies to cross and head up a coulee. Too many started pouring through so I never had a chance to draw and hold. When a couple were at 5 I decided to try anyways - same result as you - bow up but they all blew out at 2" of draw.
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Old 10-22-2017, 08:06 AM
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Lefty-Canuck Lefty-Canuck is offline
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The drawing motion is what busts the majority of archers. This is the major difference between archery gear and x-bows. It's a huge difference.

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Old 10-22-2017, 08:34 AM
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3blade 3blade is offline
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They will bust you every time...if you move. Wait em out, chances are they would veer off and you can kill the last one. Done that a couple times.

I had a decent buck decide to make his own trail through thick brush, 5 steps from my shooting lane. He sounded like a buffalo going through there, got downwind, and stared into the field trying to find me for 20 min. Eventually just walked away. They do crazy things sometimes.
DEER!!! No...nope. Hay bale.
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:47 AM
calgarychef calgarychef is online now
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If you bowhunt long enough this will happen lots of times. Some day you'll be able to poke a deer by hand with your arrow, don't poke too hard those things are sharp! Two years ago I shot a nice buck at about 10 feet after I let him get a bit further away mat first he was too close and I wasn't sure if the arrow would clear the bow. When you're hunting with a recurve keep it vertical with an arrow on the string all the time be ready all the time. I kind of hide behind the bow when I shoot, straw it straight back and release. Compounds have a huge advantage in being able to draw and hold for long periods of time, recurves have the advantage that you'll really know what you've accomplished when you get your animal.
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