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gearhead80 wrote:I bow hunt whenever the duck hunting isn't looking too hot. Not my 1st choice, and I do it just because I have a decent spot to go. Now don't get mad, this is just my opinion.. I think these guys that go out and chase the "throphy" deer with a shotgun that will sling a slug over 200 yards is not really hunting. Other than making a good shot from a long distance, who cares. Go to the range to show off your shooting skills. You didn't really do anything to get the deer very close to you. Now, if you are going out to put meat in the freezer to feed your family, that's a different story. You shoot a big deer with a bow, now that's an accomplishment!! Just my opinion. I save my shotgun for shooting birds.. Good luck to the deer hunters, and don;t fall out of any trees.
Just my opinion, and did you read the whole thing or just the bad stuff??
riverrat47 wrote:I started out an upland and duck hunter, over 55 yrs. ago. A few trips to southern Illinois in my youth (geese were rarely seen outside the SIQZ), turned me into a goose hunter, too.
I tried deer hunting a little, when drives were the method, and decided that if I could survive Viet Nam I damned sure wasn't going to give some idiot deer hunter the chance to shoot me. Then, about 20 years ago, with duck and upland hunting fading fast in this area (plus, I got access to a nice deer woods), I took up deer hunting...only stand hunting this time-both shotgun and archery.
IMHO, I think deer hunting is as boring as it gets. Sitting quietly for hours and HOURS, just isn't my cup of tea. Sitting in a tree or sloooowly stalking, is total BOREDOM. Watching the woods come alive in the morning, especially during archer season, is the best part of deer hunting. Whether the deer is 100 yds or 12, whether it has headgear or not, they just don't excite me that much. Jumping out of the ditch in front of me, when I'm driving 65-THAT is an adrenalin rush.
I would trade every deer in Illinois if we could go back to the late `50's:
Upland game was plentiful. The opening day of upland was a big deal. Now, I rarely see anyone hunting pheasant or quail.
Access for hunting was a matter of asking. Leasing, except for OUTSTANDING duck or goose areas, was unimaginable. Now, everywhere you go, deer leasing is locking out the average Joe.
Seeing a goose outside of the Southern Illinois Quota Zone (below Rt 13) was rare. There was something magical about southern Illinois goose hunting. What happened in so. IL., stayed in so. IL.
There were enough ducks along the river to keep you going.
Seeing a deer would make the local papers.
Turkeys didn't exist in Illinois, although there was talk of MAYBE reintroducing them in the Shawnee.
Yep, give me a duck blind with friends, my dog, breakfast and BS, or tromping field edges with friends and dog for quail or pheasant. Now that is fun. You can keep the deer.
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xtrema13 wrote:Never deer hunted in my life! I don't plan on starting either!
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luie b wrote:xtrema13 wrote:Never deer hunted in my life! I don't plan on starting either!
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Don't knock it til you try it. It's actually pretty cool, and they taste better than duck, too!
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xtrema13 wrote:Im not knocking it im just saying, how fun could it be to sit there, not be able to move or talk? Waiting on one single thing to walk by? I mean all power to you if its your thing. Its just not for me.
KillerKowalski wrote:Good topic for discussion. Those that know me know where I stand on this. My opinion and solely mine is that you can't be both. Don't care what others say. You can't. Does an electrician call themselves a plumber? Or an artist a doctor? I'm sure hunters physically hunt both during the same season. A passion and desire drives the hunt. I love fowlin' and can't imagine hunting anything else. Have to put the time in in order to be labeled any kind of hunter. Can't shoot ducks from the couch. Not sure I can call myself a crappie fisherman since I caught one crappie this past year while fishing for LG every outing.
All those deer hunters this weekend spend all the time in the tree stand or stand ups. Less pressure on the birds.
The day my heart beats like when a deer is close when I'm archery hunting. Then I'm with you. I've never even come close to the adrenaline rush that comes with deer hunting, especially with a bow. I had a young buck within 8 yards yesterday and never got a shot. Nothing like having a deer so close that he can see you blink. I missed a monster buck a week ago. I've missed many ducks, none will be burned in my memory like that arrow passing under that monster buck. Wouldn't want to do it every day, which is why on windy days I hunt ducks and calm days I hunt deer unless one or the other has been really hot. That's why I haven't gone duck hunting in over a week and the only reason I'll be going this weekend is I don't bother to gun hunt for deer given archery season is so long.Grossy23 wrote:16 mallards with three buddies in the blind with you or a deer from a tree by yourself ? I'll take the mallards every time .
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