gatodoc wrote:Got my first "still hunt" deer this past weekend.
The thrill of the still hunt has me excited. I'll continue to stand hunt too, but still hunting is in my plans for the future too.
Woods Walker wrote:Just keep doing it and you'll get better at it.
A good way to slow down is to first off not have a specific destination that you want to get to because in reality you DON'T. Where you want to be is in the woods, and you're already there. On a similar note TIME should have no relevance either, other than legal shooting time. One of the first things I do when I stillhunt is take my watch off, and for Heavens sake TURN THE DAMN CELL PHONE OFF! Better yet, leave that electronic leash in your vehicle so you aren't tempted to "stay in touch". I cannot think of a better way to screw up the concentration and focus you need for a stillhunt than by being annoyed with a cell phone.
Secondly, you MUST make yourself believe as sure as you draw breath that there IS a deer just beyond where you cannot see, and that you MUST see him first, so you need to move like you can see this deer and he cannot see you and you want to keep it that way.
gatodoc wrote:Got my first "still hunt" deer this past weekend. I was creeping and stopping down the edge of a thick pine thicket with the wind in my face . As I came to a corner at a fire break, I kneeled down so I could look through the corner. Visibility was only possible down low. I saw 8 deer legs moving slowly toward the corner and my full view.. For a few seconds i thought my heart would jump out of my chest. All I knew was it was 2 deer. Size and sex was a mystery.
I took several deep breaths widened my scope view and aimed at the open area 20 yards in front of me. First out was a small one (7 mos old fawn I judged) that weighed about 50#. Behind it was momma. I hit her with a chest shot and she went down and never thought about getting back up. The farm I was hunting wanted doe kills and no bucks less that 8 point. I felt the little one was old enough to be on her own. The doe weighed in at 110 field dressed which is decent for a doe here in TN.
The thrill of the still hunt has me excited. I'll continue to stand hunt too, but still hunting is in my plans for the future too.posting.php?mode=reply&f=58&t=36241#
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