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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-10-2015, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Jump shooting/ walking

Who uses the tactic of walking and jump shooting deer. I know some frown upon this tactic because of the pressure on deer and disturbance to other hunters. Also the split second decision one must make on whether it is a legal deer. I personally use this tactic occasionally when it is SAFE to do so (large tracts of land free of houses/walking trails/low hunter density). I will pick a couple of weekdays during the second week after sitting for a couple hours in the morning to walk through cover still open enough for a shot. Especially on less than ideal weather days and when there is no manpower for a drive. I've had success doing this in past seasons and it's also a great opportunity to scout new lands for next year. I almost exclusively archery hunt and I love stretching my legs for a couple days each season.

Again I know there will be negative opinions on this and IMO this is solely a second week weekday hunt. Would like to here of others who've had success
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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

Nothing at all wrong with that method and it is a very successful one if you have the proper vantage point and patience enough to move slow. I normally save my doe tag for rifle season just so I can take one this very way. 8yrs running it has been a successful method and nothing is more fun that being able to execute a plan without having more than a second to think about it. Good luck and go get one

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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

Do what you want, not everybody agrees with all methods. Moves deer. Lots of places in pa you can walk all day and not see a soul.

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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

I do it as they don't always run away sometimes stand and look at what made them get up.
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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

I do it all the time - only problem thus far this season - no Deer to Jump.
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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

Myself and a friend were doing small drives yesterday he was doing all the brush busting, and we moved more deer that day than we saw all season. Not a soul around either.

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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

I do this a lot on the slower days, with limited success.

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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

Like to do this when I am on my own and not seeing deer. Take a nice slow walk using the wind and mountains for better vantages. I have shot 4 buck in the past doing this and I have fun doing it. You never know where one may get up at.

Get off the couch and do something constructive.
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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

I don't mind people walking and jumping deer, especially when I am in my tree stand. It may work for some, but it's not for me. To many people have the mentality of jump a deer and try to get some lead in them. I believe a lot of young deer get shot and/or wounded this way also.

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Re: Jump shooting/ walking

I can sit the PA opener fairly well since there is generally other hunting pressure.

where I hunt in NY there is very little pressure so I use this tactic quite a bit. I don't necessarily try to get the deer that I jump, but remember the location on the farm and work into it a bit more slowly at another time.
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