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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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First let me say I have hunted since 1964 and killed deer with a rifle, bow, handgun, and muzzleloader. I realize misses occur for various reasons. To every one of you who filled a tag or two I'll say congrats but why do you have to post that you missed 5 or 6 times before that or that many times and have never hit anything? I know the chances of an anti-hunter reading the posts are slim but it isn't what I would want them to be reading. If someone posted things like that in the rifle hunting or bowhunting forums people would jump all over them telling them to practice more or calling them slob hunters who have no business in the woods. Does anyone else see my point? I have never killed a really big buck but if I did I would want people to see it or if it was my 1st, etc. I wouldn't post I was out and missed a half dozen deer today but boy was it fun! Then another dozen respond, but wasn't it a blast, boy nothing beats the old smokepole. The archers get blamed for all the wounded deer people see in rifle season but who is out there after black powder to see or find the ones we wounded in the late season? All I am saying is that misses happen but I wouldn't want 20,000 people knowing about it and have someone hold it against us.
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Re: Concerned?

Same thought crossed my mind. I haven't missed a deer since I was 16. maybe I am too fussy over the shots I will take.
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I know what you mean. I too have not missed in many years. I also hunt with a flinter much different than most would. I do not take ANY shot that is questionable or even quickly. It takes time and sometimes opportunities are passed on because of the extra care and time taken with the flinter; but I don't mind that at all.
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i would rather have a clean miss than have a wounded deer and not find it. and for those that miss alot and post on here, well they are just making fun of themselfs, just part of the healing process......lol..... laughter! we all miss and we all express it differently.

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i would rather have a clean miss than have a wounded deer and not find it. and for those that miss alot and post on here, well they are just making fun of themselfs, just part of the healing process......lol..... laughter! we all miss and we all express it differently.
I would rather guys post the truth so that others will know that with weapons of time gone by, hunting isnt quite as easy as placing a scope on a deer an pulling the trigger. This year I admitted to missing --- My shots were deflected due to sapling that in the shadows simply could not be seen. My aim was true and dead on as I checked after each miss. Never have I nor any of the hunters who I personally know here, taken a shot out of their comfort zone. I can hit a 4 by 6 inch gong, at times, at 100 yards with open sites on Elisabeth. Never will I take a flintlock shot over 50 yards. That is my comfort zone for a clean kill. With my bow its under 40 yards at present. I could care less about the anti hunters and their agenda---We need to remember that if we want our guns and the right to hunt we number in the millions and better stay united. Its divided we will surely loose and fall.

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good post bunky. this was my first year to hunt with my flintlock. i can hit a paper plate at 50 yds. but my comfort zone for right now is 30 yds. just like my bow, i could shoot good at 30 to 40 yds, but i don't shoot at a deer unless it is 20 yds or closer. i like to get them in close and that is just my hunting tactic. with my rifle i am good at 100 yds. you have to know your abilities and the weapon you are using.

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No concern whatsoever!

Most of these posts about misses, hang fires, cuttin trees down, losing shirttails & whut have ya are just in good fun. Per reading content is totally obvious..

If someone reading cannot comprehend..they are in dire need of a Reading 101 Class or prerequisite to such an elementary reading/comprehension class. Be a pretty dead place here if only the self professsed Daniel Boone types(never miss guys ) were the only ones posting!! lol

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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 01:50 PM
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Re: Concerned?

I made a mistake early on in my HPA browsing days. It was debating an issue that I was a bit passionate about. I since have learned that tolerance of others views does much better for my blood pressure and my enjoyment of cruising this site.

That being said............I can see both sides of this issue from high atop my fence where I am currently enjoying myself with my blood pressure falling within the normal range.

BTW: That whole Amish post looks the same from here too!!
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I haven't gone back and re-read some of the "missing" posts, but my perception is that in every one of those I read, the poster made mention of a very thorough search for signs of a hit.

To me there is a big difference in having fun at your own expense by admitting you missed after ensuring the deer was not hit and if someone were saying "I took X number of shots at deer and they didn't just drop so I kept hunting". There is a lot less deer than air out there....missing is part of the game. Follow-up each shot very carefully.

Jester - good commnts on tolerance, how true!!

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I don't think it's a big deal. People shouldn't necessarily imply that missing a shot is equivalent to being a poor hunter. Sure, there are a lot of unethical shots attempted, but to assume that every ethical shot is going to lead to a dead animal right on the spot is ridiculous! I wouldn't expect a hunter to make that assumption, and I really don't care if an anti-hunter does or not.
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