I didn’t take this shot then. This is from Saturday morning’s sunrise, shot from a stand about 80 yards from where I was sitting yesterday.
The rain wasn’t awful. Just a steady drizzle. The thing I like least about hunting in damp conditions is that you can’t hear anything coming.
I had a nice view of a good travel corridor leading from a bedding area to a ridge with lots of oaks. So I figured if anything came by I would see it before it would see me.
Naturally, the one deer — a doe — that showed up came in directly behind me. I didn’t see it until it saw me move, from about 10 yards away, and spooked.
So, the “easy” way out.
As I mentioned in a previous post I had trouble getting my Thunderhead-tipped arrows to fly consistently from my compound bow. A few more details. The bow is a Parker Hunter Mag, circa 2001. So, not an antique, but pretty obsolete. The arrows? Aluminum. Yep. I’m old school. Or poor. You make the call.
I appreciate all the tips after my cry for help. Britt Stoudenmire, you went above and beyond the call of duty, man. Clearly you aren’t just spending your time putting clients on big smallies and muskies!
Anyway, rather than immediately tackle this arrow flight issue, my current approach is to hunt with my recurve. It’s not like this is out of desperation. I have been shooting a recurve for years, and am a decent shot. (Although the guys at Sherwood Archers who saw me shoot that indoor 3D tournament last winter might disagree!) I have wanted to hunt deer with the recurve but have just been a bit chicken to make the commitment. So, this is the impetus to make that happen.
My hunting philosophy will change a bit with the recurve in my hand. When I have my compound, crossbow or a gun, I let small bucks walk. Of course, those are the critters that always seem to walk by broadside at 10 yards! If I have the recurve in hand I am not going to be ultra selective.
Of course y’all know what’s going to happen. I’m going to be sitting there one morning when a giant shows up walks by me at 25 yards, which is outside my recurve comfort zone.
Anyway, we shall see!
Hunting weather looks decent but I’ve got other commitments for the next couple of days. I hope the woods are dry and noisy by the time I get back out there.