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jeff / sc
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Scout more hunt less...I always seem to hunt where the deer were last week.
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JoeM
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Geez, Where do I start (first year trad guy) lets see.
1) Any deer with trad equiptment truly is a trophy. I realized this the longer the season went on. (didn't get one this year)
2) Shootin at squirrels is fun again.
3) My climbing stand isn't recurve friendly.
4) This trad thing is addicting, frustrating, fun, different, &fun!!!
5) Bad seasons make you appreciate the good ones that much more.
Those are the major one's that jump out at me for huntin, shooting and tuning could take up a whole page. Example: When you have a knock high tear, move the knock higher [Confused] WHAT, then i learned about false tears when the feathers bounce off the shelf [Wink] Joe

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TRB
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What did I learn ?
Sometimes luck is just not on my side.

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chesapeakeblend
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I learned the direct way is not the best way to the stand on the property I hunted this year. There was a bedding area between where I parked and walked to my stand and it took me a couple of times to understand what was going on.

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Mike Norton

A man may not care for golf and still be human, but the man who does not like to see, hunt, photograph, or otherwise outwit birds or animals is hardly normal. -Aldo Leopold

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BRITTMAN
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Although I killed a good Buck with a longbow this year , I have learned that I have more confidence in and shoot a recurve better . Also that I need to stay OFF CLASSIFIDES but I still have a hard time doing that ( LOL ).

Mike

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Can Hahaka
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You can pretty much have the public land to yourself until the rut and then it becomes a shopping mall.

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GENESIS 27:3 - Now therefore, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow and go out to the field and take me some venison.

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DeerSpotter
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I learned that God is still in control, because I hated hunting public land, I don't know how many times I asked for private land to hunt, and !

When I gave up and God had control of it, I not only got private land to hunt, but all the 18 tree stands on the land to use. God was good to me this year. I never use my own tree stand once. And I never took a shot from my bow, my freezers not full of deer meet, but 45 lbs. of it ! And my heart has two new friends in it. So you never know, how your hunting season is going to go, I really enjoyed every time I went out into the forest. And the last day, setting on the forest floor, no chair just in my insulated hunting suit with 8 in. of snow under me I will always remember the sunset, and how it looked, and how I enjoyed this year. Even though I never shot a deer.

I have to say this year was a peaceful year in my neck of the woods.

God is good,

Pastor Carl

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Larry247
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When i hunt from a stand thats 20ft or higher, well lets just say its alittle differant than 15ft. I'll practice a little more from 20ft in a tree this year.

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Bob G
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Over time I have learned that I am a deer hunter for 2 months out of the year. The deer are deer for 12 months a year, and are much better at what they do than I am. [bigsmyl]

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Tom
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more preseason scouting-can't count on previous years successes or travel routes.
my knees aren't what they used to be.
don't pass on a deer if you want meat in the freezer.
Nothing with bow this year but enjoyed the woods as much as I ever did. No heavy drags anyway.

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Hunting-it is not a choice but what is in my blood.

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Wudstix
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I learned the hard way (and was very lucky) not the climb a wet Oak with mud on your boots.
I'd probably been killed, but I landed on my head, literally.

Also, account for the sun coming over the trees in your face at 0930, muffed a shot at a spike.

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GingivitisKahn
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Deer season in Ohio goes until the first weekend of Feb, so I'm no where near finished making my mistakes for this year yet. :-D

The big thing I am learning this year is that you can't connect if you don't shoot. I see lots of squirrels and a few bunnies and always manage to come up with a good reason to leave my arrow on the string. That needs to stop.

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sgrogg
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Shoot first, ask questions later!
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Legolas
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Always bring 2 sets of gloves cause the first set will have at least 1 glove fall to the ground...

Don't spit without looking down...your'e going to hit your glove...

Smile more and remember that sitting in a tree on the edge of the Milkyway beats any day at work

I learned that sunshine can cause trees to drop their leaves as I observed this at daybreak on a frosted fall morning (and I thought it was wind and rain)

Keep my shots under 20 yards and aim low. This years deer are smarter cause after taking a well placed arrow they run straight for my truck... [goldtooth]


Leg

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Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are probably right-Henry Ford

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tamure
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quote:
Originally posted by Bob G:
Over time I have learned that I am a deer hunter for 2 months out of the year. The deer are deer for 12 months a year, and are much better at what they do than I am.

LOL, so true!

I learned:

-Pick a spot. No, really, I mean it. Concentrate, grasshopper.
-All the hoping, praying, and wishing in the world will not get you a deer (or anything else for that matter). You have to make it happen.
-I'm doing something right, because I was surrounded by deer. Sometimes too many!
-Beware the barbed wire.
-It's much more fun with friends! [Big Grin]

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