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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-16-2019, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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How do you deal with buck fever?

Since most probably aren't hunting in this rain today, I figured this would be a good discussion. I know some hunters don't get rattled, but buck fever is always something I've deal with. I almost always start to shake with things are building up. I like it when I don't have time to think before the shot Otherwise I have to tell myself to take deep breaths, stay composed and be patient. Easier said than done. Sometimes I have to switch my thoughts to something else. Sort of like the Seinfeld - Baseball episode, some of you will get that reference. How about the rest of you?
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Never got buck fever but had turkey fever with my bow. Sitting in my blind called in 2 great gobblers at 10 yds, when I started to pull my bow back I could not pull it back. I looked away, closed my eyes could not Budge the bow even a inch. I have killed 5 gobblers with my bow before this.Took a lot of crap but still was a good laugh at the end.
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As soon as I decide it's a shooter, I'm only concentrating on "the spot" where I'm going to aim. I very often don't know exactly how many points a buck has until I recover him (unless it's obvious, like a clean 8). That seems to help a lot before the shot. After the shot, I often get the shakes, lol.

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The day I don't get excited by seeing a big buck is the day I hang it up.
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The adrenaline always comes up, but never got the shakes. Aim small, miss small. Breathing control, slow squeeze.
When the deer hits the dirt, the rest of the adrenaline dumps. Every time.
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What he said ^
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My heart beats a ittle faster when the deer are coming, however, I have never lost control even a little bit.
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I get amped up when I first see a deer then it ebbs a bit as I get composed and ready to take the shot. If I never take a shot it simply fades away after a time as I watch the deer but if I do then I get the shakes afterwards and the size of the deer typically dictates how long it lasts. For a doe it could be as short as a few minutes, for my biggest buck two years ago my right leg bounced non stop for a solid 45 minutes as I sat in my stand.
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I'm with Bucksnort, if you don't git excited, its time to hang it up. I git excited when I see any buck coming in to shooting range. As far as losing control, I never did that yet. Seems like whenever you have to watch them for awhile thats when the ole heart starts pounding. I talk to myself to calm myself down, you know the drill. I usually always seem to get the shot off but sometimes its a miss too. So I guess everyone has to figure it out on their own. Best of luck.....
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I always get excited! I take a breath and flip the proverbial switch and am focused 100. like above when it's done then it hits lol

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