Well here you are quite right, but although I get CLOSE enough to deer often enough, getting that shot IS the ultimate challenge. Witht he gun it's not that big an issue, but with the bow it sure is. If I don't think I can get it done, I let them walk, because for me having them kissing close and then walking away unaware of me is the next best thing to making a kill. Besides, by doing this I've not "educated" the deer, and the chance of having another encounter is not out of the question. What is odd though, is that the shots I have gotten I didn't think would be as easy as they were. As I was making my move, I kept thinking, "He's GOT to see me! Why hasn't he bolted?", but they didn't!
In some ways, I sometimes think that if you are directly behind a deer's head when you make your move (deer is quartering away, maybe stps to turn it's head and look at something else), then the CLOSER you are, the less likely it may be able to detect you, as maybe it's blind spot is larger when you are closer.....just a theory anyway.
You really have to be able to stay calm (which in and of itself is a challenge when there's a nice buck that's so close you can see his nose quiver), and be able to anticipate the deer's next move and body language so that you can make your drawing move. Trees help this, as well as having the deer facing the opposite way so that you're not in it's line of sight, or having it's attention drawn away from you (decoy, scent wick, etc.). The advantage of the ghillie, is that even though you are in full view of a deer's eyes, they DON'T know what you are, and are not "looking for a reason" to be alarmed....if you know what I mean. It's not easy with the bow, but it IS the most fun you can have with your clothes on!
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