Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby JPH » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:55 am

ORIGINAL: shaman
The path of hunting for ever-increasing antlers is kind of a dead end.


So true! There are so many ways to distract ourselves from the real meaning of the hunt. I admire and desire big bucks as much as the next guy. But if that is all there is to it, it's pretty hollow.

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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby JOEL » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:01 am

shaman i get the whole "not hunting hunt "sometimes i sit there all day knowing that unless i see something that makes me go WOW im not gonna pull the trigger .I just enjoy being out there and the woods themselves [:)]
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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby shaman » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:00 am

Joel and everybody:

Now, here's question : if you're down to a doe tag, and you know you're probably going to see a shootable doe, then what?

What happens when there's no more "WOW" left in the season?

Here are the options I've tried:

1)  Stay home.  Bummer. Season ends to soon.
2)  Go out, but don't carry a weapon. There's another name for it: hiking.  Again, bummer.  I could join the Sierra Club and eat granola too.
3)  Go out, carry a weapon, but don't shoot anything until the last possible moment, or not at all. It's a little hard to get used to.  My friend Beryl does it too. Things get very existential up in the treestand.
4)  Bring a camera. I really need a different lens to do it justice, but here is what I did last year:  Eye Candy

I'm open to other ideas.
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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby JPH » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:34 am

Buy another doe tag.

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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby shaman » Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:04 am

Update: A possible reason for the ugly buck

FromGrizzly Gary's Forum:

Zenrider:

I was with a friend that harvested a deer in NY with a very similar looking defect.

We disected it and soon determined it had been shot, from the side, by a small caliber weopon. It had healed to some degree and the animal would have certainly lived. The jaw was considerably shorter now and deformed a bit. The critter would have been OK except for wandering around during hunting season.

Not much to solve except for who was trying to poach it?

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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby PrairieShadow » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:12 am

I went out this weekend with my Dad,
 
He has a rifle buck tag but i got turned down this year so i ended up with 2 doe tags instead.
 
We layed atop a stock dam on Sunday evening and i never even loaded my rifle as i didnt plan on shooting anything. I was out there to spend time with the ol' man and that is just what we did. Saw 5 bucks and 2 does. One was a questionable shooter but dad chose to pass on him. I will fill my doe tags at some point in the season, just not now.
 
If i were to fill my tags now what the heck would i do the rest of the year?
 
Im all about the hunt and spending time with family and friends, Not the kill.
Hunting isn't a matter of Life or Death
Its MUCH more important than that!

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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby JOEL » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:08 pm

3) Go out, carry a weapon, but don't shoot anything until the last possible moment, or not at all. It's a little hard to get used to. My friend Beryl does it too. Things get very existential up in the treestand.
4) Bring a camera. I really need a different lens to do it justice, but here is what I did last year: Eye Candy
  those are my solutions
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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby shaman » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:57 pm

I guess this is what they refer to as becoming a Sportsman, that highest evolution of the hunter.  I guess we have progressed through the other three phases of our hunting career (shooter, methodist, trophy-addict) and have reached our pinnacle.

I say "Phooey!!!" 

I want to go back to being the naked ape in the treestand.  This sportsman stuff makes my brain hurt. 

[ul][*]I want my Jon-ee Handwarmer back, and I want to believe the secret deer lure will work[*]I want to have serious discussions about whether last year's camo pattern is now outdated[*]I want to see a doe and know there's a buck back there somewhere pushing her out ahead with his antlers to see what lies beyond
[*]I want to believe all the deer are hiding just across the neighbor's fence[*]I want to fidget. I want to have deer bust me from looking at my watch too often.[*]When a little basket shows up, I want the treestand to shake. I want the crosshairs to dance again.[/ul]
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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby JOEL » Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:40 am

i still fill the freezer[:D]
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RE: Shot for Just Bein' Ugly

Postby adirondackhunter » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:04 pm

I have been taking my son in law out hunting or working on the honey do list.
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