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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-06-2018, 07:57 PM
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I have made a whistle just loud enough for the deer to hear me for years. That has worked very well for me. I whistle when I am at full draw and release as soon as the deer stops.
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post #22 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-14-2018, 07:25 PM
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Main problem here as I see it is the 40 yd shot. I will not shoot over 25 and prefer under 20. This is live game in the woods, you know, limbs and so on. It's not your local trimmed 3D course.
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Originally Posted by dpms View Post
I always say it is not the first sound that cause the deer to react, it is the second.
I would agree, but not always.

I had a mature buck come totally unglued at the shot a few years ago. He was moving right to left at a slow deliberate "rutty" walk so I held tight to his shoulder and touched the shot off.
His brisket hit the ground and I missed 6" over his back.
I just laughed to myself and thought it was definitely not his day to die. I would have had to aim 12" below his brisket to hit where I wanted.
I texted a buddy of mine what happened and he said the very predictable, "Did you remember to aim low?" I just shook my head. There was no killing this deer with a deliberate shot.

Like others have said, I don't verbally stop deer unless its a very close buck moving at a good clip. I'll take the shot in stride everytime at walking deer.

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post #24 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-15-2018, 11:54 AM
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Years ago I had a whopper get my wind at about 30 yds. Must not have got a good wiff cuz he just froze. The bow I was shooting was only about 200 fps, heavy 2219's with bear razorheads. That deer was facing east when I shot and the arrow passed over his hips and he had turned completely around heading west.

Now days, i'd have just waited him out. If I didn't get a shot, well he won this round, Mebey next time.

In 40+ years of bowhunting that was the only real non typical I've ever had a shot at. Not just a rack goofed up by an injury, or a small drop tine, nope, big, gnarly, points doing up, down, sideways, and lots of them.

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Shot several bucks with 2219's and 148 grain razorback broad heads at around 209 fps. The longest shot was a buck taken at 39 yards. That is longest shot I have taken to date with a compound bow. Still shooting aluminum arrows now with much less poundage, a shorter 2413 aluminum arrow and a 125 gr. broad head still around 210 fps. Both set ups the arrows provide pass through on broad side shots.

Bow is quite and I am not experiencing any jumping the string issues and looking forward to the next opportunity.
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Insofar as stopping the deer for the shot I do it any time the deer is in motion and in bow range which to me is not out there at 40 yards (I do it with firearms, too, but of course ducking the string isn't a concern then).

The key I believe is to be ready to shoot before you do it. It's almost like one simultaneous operation...you have the deer in sights ready to shoot..."meh" thwack. It's that quick. The arrow is virtually on the way when the deer stops. I've never had one jump the string with this technique.
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I'm not that coordinated. I stop him but wait till he's just getting ready to take that next step, that gives me time to get the pin right where I want it. Once he's stopped, there's no hurry.

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post #28 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-20-2018, 07:29 PM
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The quieter your compound or crossbow is upon release the better your chances are of not having a deer jump the string, Inside 20 yards you shouldn`t have a problem, but when you are taking a shot past 20, no bow is faster than the speed of sound, and the deer will hear that before your arrow hits its target. A deer that is feeding or just walks into bow range will be less concerned with the sound of a shot, than one that is rattled or grunted in. They come in with there ears forward and have a tendency be a little more wary of any sound they hear....

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post #29 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-25-2018, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by bob1961 View Post
why do hunters alert deer of there wear abouts by making a sound they WILL pick up on and pin point where you are, I see it all the time on tv shows....then they get a bad hit on a deer that JUMPED THE STRING and have to wait till the next day to recover it ?....I have never had to make any noise to stop a deer to make a shot, and I have 57 deer to date since I started hunting back in 1980....I only have 7 deer by gun the rest have been by arrow....
I've never mehh'ed or bahh'ed at a deer. I just shoot it!
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