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A post for depressed deer hunters, I am one so far this season... Encouragement?

Question by vasportsman. Uploaded on November 14, 2012

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Anyone else looking longingly at the hero shots on F&S from their desk? Spending every moment possible while not at work in the cold looking at nothing? Playing games in your head trying to figure out what went wrong? Will steeled that if I am persistent and spend the time things will change!? Been a long season already, keeping after it, anyone else?

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Stay with it, if you need the meat my heart is with you, if it is for the hunt then enjoy everyday that you have in the woods even if you come back empty handed.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Im glad Im not the only one. Ive lost 2 bucks this year so far with my bow. one of which was my falt the other was just horrable luck. Makes you want to quit bowhunting and just duck hunt.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Pheasant hunting hasn't been great here in Montana but I'm enjoying my time with the dogs. Deer hunting, on the other hand, could hardly be better. Though I don't have a tag, everyone who has "tagged" along with me has got their bucks. Saw more than forty deer the last time I was out with the dogs two days ago. No bucks of any consequence though.

Enjoy your time in the woods. It's not just about shooting stuff.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Got 2 deer but nothing too great. I missed my shot at a great buck and that was depressing. I am really enjoying being out in God's creation though!

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from finnyk wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Keep hunting . . . I hunted one particular deer all last season and even a couple of weeks of the season before that. No luck. This year, he chased a doe right out in front of me. Dang near ran into the ladder of my tree stand. BANG. Dead before 8am opening day. Now I just have to find another one to target. That should be fun.

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from country road wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Deer season (gun) doesn't open here until Saturday, but I killed four feral hogs three days ago and would have killed a fifth, but I'd shot my bold action out of shells. Remember, things are never so bad that they can't get worse. Appreciate what you have.

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I don't agree with OH very often, but he gets my vote today that we both agree the hunt is not about shooting stuff. Good luck and live the day that the Lord has blessed.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I absolutely agree that I do enjoy being outside, even without deer, every day in the woods is better than 30 behind the desk. But I will say that it is even more enjoyable when you see and/or shoot something!

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Buck up, man. You got this. The more time you spend out there doing the right thing, the more likely you are to get one.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Buck up, man. You got this. The more time you spend out there doing the right thing, the more likely you are to get one.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Been a real bust this year! Spent about 30 minutes on stand during "Primitive Arms" but left before the skeeters hauled me off. Never got back. Finally got one stand that shows promise! Opening weekend the out of town for T'giving! That'll take a week of our two week season. Hopefully, I can catch the last weekend! If not, there's always the "Bonus" week.

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Don't worry man. You could be a thousands of miles away from home like me waiting to get back in December to take a whack at a whitetail with a bow. You've got plenty of time. Just keep at it and I'm sure it will pay off.

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from Ross Taylor wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

at leased your not in the rong place at the rong time every day and have to watvh a moster 100 yrds away

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The hunt is the thing. The kill is anti-climactic.
"One does not hunt in order to kill: on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted." - Jose Ortega y Gassett

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Its not whether you win or lose, its how many days you can sneak out of work and how many weekends you can avoid doing the honey do list, while you stroll around the forest pretty much lost on your thoughts,

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from Ol Krusty wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I accidentally put the winch on the wheeler through my back window the afternoon before the spike elk hunt. While hunting I seen several 5 & 6 point bulls, over a dozen cows, but no spike. Hunted good and hard for five days and nothing. Two days after the hunt, a spike crossed my path on a dirt road I used during the hunt. Go figure.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

ive deer hunted 2 days this year due to school, so your doing better then me...did get a buck though on the second evening i hunted. ill be back in the woods wed morning for thanksgiving break but this time with a slug gun...lots of deer back home have been safe for to long with me away

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Growing up in the ADKs, I can fully understand and sympathize, but I have learned that hard work and scouting usually produces good results. To avoid future depression, you gotta do your homework. There are 4 deer in my freezer right now, and that came with minimal time spent in a stand, but I scout 12 months of the year, not just a couple days before the season opens. There's something to be said for working hard to accomplish your goals. Work hard, and you'll succeed.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The best of advice from Bioguy. Keep the faith. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it! I've had seasons where I never thought I would see a big buck only to succeed in the 11th hour.

As the season wears on, the visibility gets better and the number of hunters drops. Many of the smart old bucks have eluded the noisy hunters and are gaining confidence and now openly chasing does. If you are after a doe, there are usually plenty of them in the timber even though you haven't had a shot yet.

They tend to stay on the trails now that the woods are full of noisy leaves. If you have to move your stand or stomp around a bit to locate them, don't hesitate. If you are not out there, the results are guaranteed to be bad. If you are out there, you actually have a better chance than you did before. Good luck!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

A successful hunt is 10% just showing up, 10% skill and 80% luck. When a deer appears in your sights, you have no way of knowing why he is where he is then and there.
No amount of planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Watch the weather for cold fronts and a favorable wind. I had had a half decent season to date but saw that yesterday was a must hunt day at one of my spots. Sure enough I saw 3 bucks in the first hour of my hunt and was covered up in deer unbeknownst to me. When i released my arrow on a decent little 8 pt, deer were running everywhere, including a hog who had busted me a minute earlier. Great time. It can turn on at any moment in November. Keep at it.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I did feel the pain of seeing nothing during bow season though and trust me, I felt your pain seeing nothing during every hunt but I was sitting in 90 degree weather with 97% humidity! Thank the Lord that's over!

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I don't agree with OH very often, but he gets my vote today that we both agree the hunt is not about shooting stuff. Good luck and live the day that the Lord has blessed.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Growing up in the ADKs, I can fully understand and sympathize, but I have learned that hard work and scouting usually produces good results. To avoid future depression, you gotta do your homework. There are 4 deer in my freezer right now, and that came with minimal time spent in a stand, but I scout 12 months of the year, not just a couple days before the season opens. There's something to be said for working hard to accomplish your goals. Work hard, and you'll succeed.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Anyone else looking longingly at the hero shots on F&S from their desk? Spending every moment possible while not at work in the cold looking at nothing? Playing games in your head trying to figure out what went wrong? Will steeled that if I am persistent and spend the time things will change!? Been a long season already, keeping after it, anyone else?

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Stay with it, if you need the meat my heart is with you, if it is for the hunt then enjoy everyday that you have in the woods even if you come back empty handed.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Pheasant hunting hasn't been great here in Montana but I'm enjoying my time with the dogs. Deer hunting, on the other hand, could hardly be better. Though I don't have a tag, everyone who has "tagged" along with me has got their bucks. Saw more than forty deer the last time I was out with the dogs two days ago. No bucks of any consequence though.

Enjoy your time in the woods. It's not just about shooting stuff.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Got 2 deer but nothing too great. I missed my shot at a great buck and that was depressing. I am really enjoying being out in God's creation though!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

A successful hunt is 10% just showing up, 10% skill and 80% luck. When a deer appears in your sights, you have no way of knowing why he is where he is then and there.
No amount of planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Im glad Im not the only one. Ive lost 2 bucks this year so far with my bow. one of which was my falt the other was just horrable luck. Makes you want to quit bowhunting and just duck hunt.

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from finnyk wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Keep hunting . . . I hunted one particular deer all last season and even a couple of weeks of the season before that. No luck. This year, he chased a doe right out in front of me. Dang near ran into the ladder of my tree stand. BANG. Dead before 8am opening day. Now I just have to find another one to target. That should be fun.

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from country road wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Deer season (gun) doesn't open here until Saturday, but I killed four feral hogs three days ago and would have killed a fifth, but I'd shot my bold action out of shells. Remember, things are never so bad that they can't get worse. Appreciate what you have.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I absolutely agree that I do enjoy being outside, even without deer, every day in the woods is better than 30 behind the desk. But I will say that it is even more enjoyable when you see and/or shoot something!

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Buck up, man. You got this. The more time you spend out there doing the right thing, the more likely you are to get one.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Buck up, man. You got this. The more time you spend out there doing the right thing, the more likely you are to get one.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Been a real bust this year! Spent about 30 minutes on stand during "Primitive Arms" but left before the skeeters hauled me off. Never got back. Finally got one stand that shows promise! Opening weekend the out of town for T'giving! That'll take a week of our two week season. Hopefully, I can catch the last weekend! If not, there's always the "Bonus" week.

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Don't worry man. You could be a thousands of miles away from home like me waiting to get back in December to take a whack at a whitetail with a bow. You've got plenty of time. Just keep at it and I'm sure it will pay off.

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from Ross Taylor wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

at leased your not in the rong place at the rong time every day and have to watvh a moster 100 yrds away

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The hunt is the thing. The kill is anti-climactic.
"One does not hunt in order to kill: on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted." - Jose Ortega y Gassett

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Its not whether you win or lose, its how many days you can sneak out of work and how many weekends you can avoid doing the honey do list, while you stroll around the forest pretty much lost on your thoughts,

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from Ol Krusty wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I accidentally put the winch on the wheeler through my back window the afternoon before the spike elk hunt. While hunting I seen several 5 & 6 point bulls, over a dozen cows, but no spike. Hunted good and hard for five days and nothing. Two days after the hunt, a spike crossed my path on a dirt road I used during the hunt. Go figure.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

ive deer hunted 2 days this year due to school, so your doing better then me...did get a buck though on the second evening i hunted. ill be back in the woods wed morning for thanksgiving break but this time with a slug gun...lots of deer back home have been safe for to long with me away

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The best of advice from Bioguy. Keep the faith. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it! I've had seasons where I never thought I would see a big buck only to succeed in the 11th hour.

As the season wears on, the visibility gets better and the number of hunters drops. Many of the smart old bucks have eluded the noisy hunters and are gaining confidence and now openly chasing does. If you are after a doe, there are usually plenty of them in the timber even though you haven't had a shot yet.

They tend to stay on the trails now that the woods are full of noisy leaves. If you have to move your stand or stomp around a bit to locate them, don't hesitate. If you are not out there, the results are guaranteed to be bad. If you are out there, you actually have a better chance than you did before. Good luck!

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Watch the weather for cold fronts and a favorable wind. I had had a half decent season to date but saw that yesterday was a must hunt day at one of my spots. Sure enough I saw 3 bucks in the first hour of my hunt and was covered up in deer unbeknownst to me. When i released my arrow on a decent little 8 pt, deer were running everywhere, including a hog who had busted me a minute earlier. Great time. It can turn on at any moment in November. Keep at it.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I did feel the pain of seeing nothing during bow season though and trust me, I felt your pain seeing nothing during every hunt but I was sitting in 90 degree weather with 97% humidity! Thank the Lord that's over!

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