How many in your lifetime?

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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby JPH » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:12 pm

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 Cool post JPH how many do u have by the way? I can only imagine!! lol


I'm 37 and have only missed participating in one season since 1986. I "only" killed 2 deer in my first 7 seasons. After that I started bow hunting and began to think about it more than just one weekend a year. I began to fill more tags after that, but I've had my ups and downs. I kill more deer now b/c of the QDM focus on doe hunting. In the old days I would pass on does and sometimes shoot yearling bucks.

6 shotgun
7 rifle
14 muzzleloader
16 bow

I think it is important to say that it is not about numbers. I only ask the question because I'd like to know what other hunters experience has been.


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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby DeerCamp » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:19 pm

I just took my 18th deer this year
"If I pull the hammer and shoot this young buck, he's dead. But if I pass on him, the next hunter might not shoot so straight."

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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby hunter480 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:27 pm

14 deer to this point, hoping to add at least number 15 this muzzleloader season.

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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby Woods Walker » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:39 pm

55 total, the majority of which are gun kills.
I've passed on half again as many that I had "dead to rights" that I passed on for one reason or another.
Truth be told, I had to think about this one for a bit, as when you reach a certain point, you stop counting, because the number isn't really all that important.
Each deer I shoot/hunt means more to me than a body count. In fact, what I remember more than the kill is the hunt itself and what I felt at the time.
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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby ranwin33 » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:43 pm

Been hunting deer for 7 seasons, have taken 11 so far, but hope to add another doe before the year ends, and large buck the last part of this bow season. 
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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby Robert Rowland » Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:48 pm

This is my 34th season. There have been a few years that I was skunked, but as many or more with multiple kills. I really cannot put an exact number on it.

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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby Goose » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:46 pm

Been gun hunting 16 years and bow hunting 15( my birthdays in Nov. so I couldnt bow hunt my first year) Image
20 deer total

9 by bow (2 bucks, 7 does) the 2 that got away-1 shoulder blade, and 1 leg hit

rifle-11 (4 bucks 6 does, 1 nubby) none that were wounded

shotgun-0,  first time hunting shotgun last year mis judged yardage on a 140 class and hit him in leg(another hunter confirmed it) never found him searched throughout the winter and spring, still makes me sick.

Ive passed up a lot of bucks, I'm 27 and started passing up bucks when I was 19 or 20. I think that was too early but I don't regret it. I enjoy taking does with the bow and will keep meat in the freezer that way. It doesn't really bother me when I eat my buck tag because I'm already planning out the next year. Image I'm sincerely happy for people with whatever they shoot because everyones trophies are different and I do respect that.

Patriot i am like you with keeping track of everything. I enjoy looking back at it and reminiscing.

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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby Jawbone » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:31 am

I'm with Woodswalker, I quit keeping count years ago.  I've been deer hunting 20 years and picked 51-60 because I'm not sure.  More with bow than gun though.  I started passing on deer maybe 5 years ago now.  I have 4 on the wall and some in my garage. 

Although it would have been nice to keep track.
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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby JPH » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:18 am

I have photos of every deer I have ever taken, with one exception. It was a yearling doe that I took many years ago on a shotgun drive. The guys I was with were too impatient to wait for a photo. They were all about tossing her into a truck and moving to the next draw. I really regret not standing up to them.

I have a narrative account of every deer and turkey hunt I have been on since 2001. It may seem kooky to some to be so obsessed with the details of my hunting, but this is a huge part of my life and I don't want to forget a single moment.

Funny thing, I have a harder time recalling some of my more recent kills that I do my early ones. That bothers me b/c it means that I am growing numb to it in some ways. So I work hard to keep the memories fresh.

I think some feel that keeping a tally is akin to greed or obsession with numbers. To me, it dishonors the animal to forget a single one of them.   

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RE: How many in your lifetime?

Postby JPH » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:36 am

One more random point about my numbers (as if anyone cares). Of the 43 deer I have killed over 22 seasons, 22 of them have been killed in the last 4 years.

Why? Well I began using QDM in on my Missouri property in 2003, then I spread that philosophy to another property in Iowa in 2005. So when you consider that I have been taking does liberally in two states for 4 seasons, 22 deer does not seem like that many.


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