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Old 09-22-2019, 09:49 AM   #1
Jon B
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Thinking about trying something new this year. I used to shoot the first legal deer that gave me a shot opportunity when bowhunting.

Last several years I have worked my tail off to try to kill big deer. Usually means passing great bucks in range and then killing culls late in the season.

I think I want to enjoy it like I used to. I think I am going to try to let the air out of the first doe I see. Anybody else ever had the desire to go back to the basics?
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:53 AM   #2
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All the time. I’ve killed a doe or cull opening morning as far back as I can remember.
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:53 AM   #3
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I was going to do exactly what your doing. Haven’t killed with my bow since 2011. But Im not going in this heat. I was all ready for this season but these temps are gonna keep me out of my pop up.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:14 AM   #4
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I flip flop ever year on this one and tend to trophy hunt or hunt my targeted deer as much as possible during the early season. I do this because the deer are still in summer patterns but will be in prerut by the second weekend putting them on the move.

That deer can be a trophy, cull a wise ole foot stomping doe...

I'm hunting a full 7 with a kicker this hoping some of the better looking deer live through the gauntlet.

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Old 09-22-2019, 10:40 AM   #5
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I'm not looking forward to this weekend. Gonna be 95*. I am hoping that the redneck AC I built will save the day. If not, the evening hunt Saturday will be a short one.

But yes, if a good doe walks out without a young'n attached to her hip Saturday morning I will send it. Don't really have any bucks on camera that I have deemed shooters so unless a new one shows up then I probably won't be targeting bone.

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Old 09-22-2019, 11:05 AM   #6
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I kill a doe or spike early every year. I fill the freezer early and then I can focus on the deer I want to really hunt. Normally itís the doe that busts me or scares other deer off.


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Old 09-22-2019, 11:28 AM   #7
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I think my issue is I am so worried about being the guy that always kills big deer that I make a job out of it. I want to be that goofy kid that was so proud to have killed an old nanny with my bow.
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:28 AM   #8
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I just hunt my target deer or if one show up that bigger than the target he gets punched. Let my kids fill the freezer. I donít remember the last time I even shot a doe.


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Old 09-22-2019, 11:45 AM   #9
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Nothing wrong with a freezer queen let it fly
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:45 AM   #10
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I just hunt my target deer or if one show up that bigger than the target he gets punched. Let my kids fill the freezer. I donít remember the last time I even shot a doe.


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Yes sir. Maybe someday. I still love killing deer with a bow. Something about doing the hard way that gets me fired up. When my wife was hunting I was all-in to put her on deer. Once my daughter gets older I am sure my priorities will change. Last year with a newborn my hunting was a bit limited. She is getting bigger and needs less now. I ready for Saturday.
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:58 AM   #11
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Shoot does early. Not sure if it helps during the rut but it’s what I’ve tried to always do.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:00 PM   #12
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Shoot does early. Not sure if it helps during the rut but itís what Iíve tried to always do.
Iíve always tried to shoot culls early and does late. I donít want to take out what brings the bucks in.
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Old 09-22-2019, 12:00 PM   #13
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I’m on the prowl for a wall decoration...i don’t have a full mount and now i’m really wanting to be cool like the rest of you. That being said, my patience can’t be trusted. Been a few years since i’ve Killed..soooooo...but that IS the plan...haha
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Old 09-22-2019, 06:18 PM   #14
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Iíll be sweating it out Saturday. I like to knock out the jitters on a freezer deer right off the bat


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Old 09-22-2019, 06:28 PM   #15
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I used to not when we had a really good lease, I would wait till the end to kill a doe or 2 for meat. Now with my current lease I shoot whenever I can. Didnít even kill a deer last year and the freezer is empty.. Iím going to hopefully be stacking deer up this season, might even give the does on my 10 acres a hard time during bow season
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Old 09-22-2019, 06:56 PM   #16
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I’ll be going in with a different approach this year. It will be for target bucks only. With a little meat left over from last year and my Kansas buck and doe from last week, my freezer is to the brim. I will most likely stick with the bow all year until muzzleloader. I’ve got 3 deer that are ready to shoot. Maybe one will slip up! I’m just looking forward to the selective chase which means it’s probably going to be a long, tough season in the East Texas woods.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:16 PM   #17
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Probably won’t even hunt opening weekend. Lease is just outside Mauriceville and is under about 2 feet of water right now. All 3000 acres! Counting my blessings though, was lucky and didn’t get in my house. So many unfortunately did.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:18 PM   #18
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Lindy has a buck in the backyard that-she wants to kill. Probably will. When I get in the stand, any legal deer is a target. I really like venison.
In Kansas, I’m a little more picky, but I will shoot a doe if I have the opportunity. If I don’t have a chance at a buck in Kansas, and get the chance at a second doe, I WILL burn my buck tag on her. Did I mention that I really like venison?
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:22 PM   #19
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Lord willing, I will be in a tree Saturday morning after my target buck. My goal is him or something bigger that might mysteriously show up. I might stick a big doe this weekend if given the opportunity. It's been a few years since I've taken a doe with my bow.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:11 PM   #20
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Just checked a card. Couple nice deer at my south wind stand. We shall see.
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