First Hunt this week

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by dmp, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. dmp

    dmp New Member

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    Haven't hunted before this week - as I have enough property, I hunt in the back yard. As i can hunt in the back yard, I have only the investment of a couple tags, and a few slugs. Truth in lending - I'm not hunting; I'm ambushing.

    Sitting out day one, I spent about two hours in the evening - just listening. Enjoying my deer stand (it's like a small shed with openings for firing, about 10 feet in the air).

    My second couple hours went the same way - nothing.

    Saturday I had two does come into the 'kill zone'. I shot at the trail doe. I shot low. Ugh. Just hair on the ground - no blood as the deer ran off with purpose. Smooth-bore shotty w/ rifled slugs = not great. No optic either - going with the little bb on top of the barrell.

    Last night I saw what I think is the same pair. Lighting conditions and angle prevented me from taking the shot.

    I'm at odds with myself on this. I want to learn the circle of life stuff of hunting; I'm tired of having no connection or respect for the meat I buy. I want to respect the process by investing my emotions into the kill. I won't be posting photos of the kill - I won't even take pics. Feels like gloating to pose with something i've killed. Not sure how to reconcile respect for the animal and posing with it's carcass.

    Anywho - I'll report back; going to continue to seek either of the does over the next week.
     
  2. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Couple things;
    1: you need some practice time with your gun shooting at the distance(s) you'll be shooting to know where the slug will hit when you aim and fire the shotgun.

    2: Pic's or it didn't happen. IMO photos aren't gloating, they are showing things you want others to see.
     

  3. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Put some scent out in a range close to the deer trail but move it in to your know hitting range.

    Pictures are not gloating to me, I am proud to take and provide for my family. My son shot his deer and he was very excited, his famous words to me, " I love you Dad!";)
     
  4. dmp

    dmp New Member

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    I suppose I'm just not proud of what I'm doing; I'm doing this because I need to respect-more the process, ya know? I need to know, feel, first-hand what it means to

     
  5. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    I understand, it's a way of life for some, a blessing to others. You have to test your skill to see if you have the nerve and desire to finish a hunt.