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What's Your Biggest Weakness As a Hunter??

First note, I saw this on another forum, but thought it would be a great thread here.

What do you consider your biggest weakness as a hunter? What keeps you from consistently killing deer, or killing the type of deer you wish you could kill had you not had this specific weakness (or multiple weaknesses)?

I have a few, no doubt. Here they are and I'm not afraid to share them.

1. I have a hard time sitting still
2. I think I know more than I really do and fool myself from time to time. The deer always seem to humble me.
3. Sometimes, I'm too aggressive.
4. Buck Fever...

Looking forward to your openness here...

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My biggest weakness is a lack of time. Killing deer is never a problem for me. Killing big deer is the problem i have. I think if there is one single thing i could do to improve on that it would be to spend more time securing permission to more and better properties. Spend more time off season scouting, i don't spend near as much time scouting as i used to.
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Biggest among others would be patience!
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Probably my biggest weakness is I feel I always have to be hunting when the season is in. Every year I say I don't have to sit all day in the rain and cold and it's okay to take a day and relax, but just haven't been able to do it yet.

The older I get the better I was.
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Probably my biggest weakness is I feel I always have to be hunting when the season is in. Every year I say I don't have to sit all day in the rain and cold and it's okay to take a day and relax, but just haven't been able to do it yet.
Man, I can relate to this 100%!
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Probably my biggest weakness is I feel I always have to be hunting when the season is in. Every year I say I don't have to sit all day in the rain and cold and it's okay to take a day and relax, but just haven't been able to do it yet.
Eats you up wondering what you’re missing.
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My biggest weakness now is my legs. Short version is I was born with severe structural defects to both legs, had a ton of surgeries as a kid to be able to walk. Unfortunately, long-term durability was never an expectation, and now I basically have arthritis on par with most septuagenarians. It's no longer possible for me to drag deer more than about 50', and walking through mud/deep snow or broken ground is not good. 95% of my hunting is limited to the blind/stand these days. Every now and then, when conditions are right, I can manage a stalk, usually at the price of pain and swelling the next day or three. I've built permanent blinds in a few locations around the property over the last few years to minimize the "need" to stalk, and ride whenever possible. A knee injury over 4th of July Weekend this summer has relegated me to the blind for the upcoming seasons.
Some call it "lazy hunting"... I call it "hunting smarter".
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My biggest weakness at this point in my life is my age, at 72 I don`t don`t walk as far in as I did 20 some years ago and hunt from a ladder stand instead of a climber and mostly evenings, That being said, I can still draw my Hoyt @ 62lbs and hit what I shoot at, but I have to make sure I can get help dragging my buck out these days. It seems the hills here in Pa. are a lot steeper than they were when I was 40, that's for sure....


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Please feel free to stand in front of them....
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My biggest weakness now is my legs. Short version is I was born with severe structural defects to both legs, had a ton of surgeries as a kid to be able to walk. Unfortunately, long-term durability was never an expectation, and now I basically have arthritis on par with most septuagenarians. It's no longer possible for me to drag deer more than about 50', and walking through mud/deep snow or broken ground is not good. 95% of my hunting is limited to the blind/stand these days. Every now and then, when conditions are right, I can manage a stalk, usually at the price of pain and swelling the next day or three. I've built permanent blinds in a few locations around the property over the last few years to minimize the "need" to stalk, and ride whenever possible. A knee injury over 4th of July Weekend this summer has relegated me to the blind for the upcoming seasons.
Some call it "lazy hunting"... I call it "hunting smarter".
It's not lazy when you have to put forth 100% effort to do it....

Sorry to hear about your issues, glad though that you can still enjoy the sport. I hope you have a terrific season!
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Biggest among others would be patience!

That makes two!!!!
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