Archery Deer

Discussion in 'Archers Lodge' started by archerman, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. Hey all,
    I've been out twice this opening weekend and haven't seen a single deer! Anybody having any luck?
     
  2. So far lots of does, so nothing to get all up in arms about :D :D . Down here in the South, The mulie does are still running in singles and pairs. No bucks in attendance as of yet, and I havew not been up the mountain or even glanced at the whitetails yet. That will be coming soon though. Should be any time now for both to kick into the rut. I cant wait.
     

  3. AZ~ThunderDan

    AZ~ThunderDan Site Administrator Staff Member Super Mod Mod Premium Member

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    Depends on what you call... luck.

    I had a 190"-200", perfectly symmetrical 4X4 buck walk in on me while I was sitting on a drinker last week. He taunted me for over 30 minutes. Not sure what went wrong, but I finally had him "head-down" at the drinker for about 1.5 seconds. Just as I was drawing my bow, he threw his head up, looked away from me, turned, walked off, jumped the fence, and then stood there for 5-6 minutes with his back to me before meandering off into the desert.

    I will be going back to try and settle the score on this guy. That is, unless Creed beats me to him. :roll:
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    BTW, a good friend of mine named Dave harvested a really nice, heavy-framed 4x4. Scored 172 gross. Sorry, no pics of him, by request of the hunter.
     
  4. I saw a nice 4x4 New years day with 4 does, didnt go after them but might give it a try this weekend.
     
  5. No luck either. No, that's not right, I've had all kinds of luck, it's just bad.
    I had a 200+ muley nearly in the blind with me opening weekend. It was too close. Today I headed into a tank that I thought nobody knew about. I was wrong there. A truck was sitting on it. How they found it I'll never know. I pulled out and hunted for pigs. No pigs. The Friday before the pig opener I had a pig challenge me at the drinker. That same afternoon I saw 4 herds. I haven't seen a pig since.
    On my way out I stopped at the tank Az Thunder was talking about. I walked over to check the tracks at the drinker and saw water splashed all over the place from at least 4 deer only minutes before.

    I feel like selling all of my archery gear and taking up gun hunting again.
     
  6. OH man.....do I know it! :lol: :shock: :D :wink:
     
  7. Oh that's a beaut AZTHUNDER! Get Him!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. AZ~ThunderDan

    AZ~ThunderDan Site Administrator Staff Member Super Mod Mod Premium Member

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    The picture shows he's got good symmetry and great tine-length, but you can't see his width. Having looked directly at me, (5 or 6 times while I was sitting in the blind) I can tell you he's at LEAST 34" wide (inside spread).

    Actually, the picture doesn't even come close to showing how magnificent he is in person, especially from 30 yards away. I just hope that if I do get back on him, he's not busted up from rut fighting. :(
     
  9. Dan, why were you looking at him for so long instead of shooting..........did ya choke?? :?
     
  10. AZ~ThunderDan

    AZ~ThunderDan Site Administrator Staff Member Super Mod Mod Premium Member

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    Garth, when I first spotted him, he was approx 120 yards away. He came in slow and precariously, so I had plenty of time to get relaxed and focused on waiting for him to enter the fenced area of the drinker. He walked down the shoulder of the road that passes alongside the drinker and then alongside the fence railing. Keep in mind, my charge from Bruce was to be able to hit my target at 30 yards - and that's the furthest pin I had set-up in my bow. The fence railing where he walked up and down (3 times back-and-forth) is at 42 yards. I thought/considered... "I'll aim at his spine and it'll fall where it needs too", but that's not respectful of the animal, or of my ability. No, I decided to wait, as Bruce suggested, for him to stick his head down into the drinker. It took him 20-25 minutes to finally enter the fenced area and walk up to the drinker. He got within 10 feet of the drinker and looked "dead-away" from me. That's when I raised my bow. He had no clue I did. When he approached the apron of the drinker and finally lowered his head to the waters surface, I started to slowly draw. I could hear the right shoulder of my jacket making that "fabric rub" noise, so I slowed waaaaay down on my draw so as not to alert him. I'm 100% positive he didn't hear me, cuz he never swung his head up or over to look at me. Instead, he looked away from me toward the fence railing/road, turned away from the water, and walked back toward his entry point. When he did this, he went behind a palo-verde and a huge saguaro, which took him completely out of my view. He jumped the fence where he entered, walked away about 10 yards, and stood there, as if looking for something he may have heard coming up the road? I could see through the palo-verde that he was just standing there, with his back to me, and at only 10 yards outside the fence rails. He did this for about 5-6 minutes before he finally meandered off into the desert. I'm convinced he didn't know I was there. Deer don't jump a fence and then stand 10 yards away from danger (for 5-6 minutes) with their back to you.

    I knew when he came up to the fence at his entry point that he'd jump the fence to get to the water. I also knew the palo-verde/saguaro he was standing behind would block his view of me in the blind. It was then that I thought I'd draw on him as soon as I heard him clear the fence, but then I thought... what if he just stands there behind the palo-verde tree/saguaro? He could stand there for 5 minutes with me at full-draw. I thought this through very carefully and decided if he did hold tight, I'd have to let-down, and risk being busted. I wanted to wait until he had his head was submerged into the water trough before drawing/shooting.

    I must chalk this up to what Bruce said. This is the first entry... in the first chapter... of my... "Archery hunting book of experience". :roll: