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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-09-2011, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

I'm not sure I can say I ever "regretted" letting deer walk.I was thinking about this today and figured I'd ask you guys.The deer I've let walk were either because I didn't want to shoot a small buck or because I didn't want to shoot a doe early in the season.(within the last 15 yrs or so.)I hunt from archery through late flintlock so I have opportunities to hunt.I love venison but have found when I pass deer up I usually don't kill 1 that year!?I'm starting to age some(43 and have taken 18 deer) so I'm afraid my opportunities are heading the other way so I think I'll take deer whenever I can from now on.Don't get me wrong, I don't gauge a good day hunting by what I kill,but,venison in the freezer is nice!What do you think?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-09-2011, 10:27 PM
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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

Shoot one if you want to. If not, dont.

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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

Nope, no regrets. If I decide not to shoot for whatever reason, then so be it. My decision was made and I'll stick to it.

Unless I score with a buck or doe tomorrow, there will be no venison in the freezer. I let a small doe walk on Monday. I cold have hit her with a rock, but she was not a deer I was looking for. No regrets on my part.

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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

Never did.

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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

I am this year because I can make so many meals from one deer and now haven't gotten one hoping tom I strike pay dirt
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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

<span style='font-family: Arial Black'>Personal choice.....

If you made the choice not to, you had good reasoning for doing so....

I have allot of respect for people that make a choice, then stand behind it 100%....</span>
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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

I've only ever regretted shooting one, never letting 1 go. Like this year I shot a small 7pt that I'm fairly certain is a deer I passed in archery. Saw a stud today and regretted not having a buck tag.
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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

Last year i did regret it but had a good reason. Earlier that day I shot a doe and came up on a huge 8 point would have been my biggest ever. However I hit the doe too far back and let her lay for 4 hours. I did find her but didnt feel right about shooting at the buck when I was still tracking the doe.

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post #9 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Every shot is a personal choice.Not a right or wrong decision.Way to go all!!!
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post #10 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 01:08 AM
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Re: Do you regret letting a deer walk???????

I dont regret passing on all of the bucks this year in archery. I do however, regret telling the wife and showing her pics of the deer that I passed. She keeps bugging me about still going hunting when all of my tags could have been filled in October.
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