Wow, that was picture and a half of a tremendous buck.. Nice one!!
I just bought a ghillie suit, and I have not worn it yet, and was wondering if it was worth the fuss. Now that I have heard from you guys, I am inspired to use it this year.
I would say the proper use of a grunt call and scent control has taught me a numerous amount of things. The grunt call especially has gotten me into quite a few situations where I did not know that Big bucks had such a deep and voluminous voice. When Ole' Mossy Antlers answered my call, I thought he was a bear going to come up out of that bottom and eat me! During my first bow hunt.
Bow hunting is all I do now, because it requires more skill and more strategy to pull off a buck. Which gives me more satisfaction. I was so dead when I was only rifle hunting and did not know these things, that I was close to quitting the sport. So tired of seeing people that were the lottery winners on the first day, that did not care how they hunted or who they ruined the hunt for, that I am now a bow only hunter.
I guess I should attribute all of my joy and success in the field to bow hunting, which has made me a better hunter, because now I have to pay attention to scent control, morning stands, food crops, wind direction, and whatever calls I use, and how I use them.
Have not really had too many successes with decoys, but just recently got into them.[8D]