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Thread: Close.....but no cigar!!!!!

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    Close.....but no cigar!!!!!

    Went for a hunt in the Whirinaki Forest at the weekend, I had enjoyed being in there for the ‘Forum Rusa Hunt’ which got changed
    From Galatea to ‘Rushy’s Roost’……checked with Rushy first to make sure he would not be there that weekend, cheers mate!
    Went with forum member ‘woodsyboy’, my hunting mate, usual story of drive down Friday night, set up camp (I slept in my truck)
    Couple of cold ones to take the edge off and into the scratcher….

    Up at sparrows, quick cuppa to get things warmed up and ‘into it’, for the guys who were on the above trip, we went straight in from camp
    Following the possum trappers trail for easier access! (two dead rats in traps, and one possum, sweet!)
    The conditions were perfect IMO, hardly any wind, in my face when there was some, and light rain which would help to muffle our noise!
    Picked up a game trail with sign (real deer shite this time guys, not berries!) and started to really slow down and stalk…
    When WB and I hunt, if we don’t go solo, the lead guy on point has one up the spout with the safety on, 2nd guy is unloaded, this is what
    We do, so please don’t hijack this thread with your personal safety procedure, were not going to change!!!!
    As I was negotiating a steep sided gully hanging off a tree root, I got around it and was in the process of gathering myself, when…..
    ‘Fuck me with a rubber banana’….there’s a red ‘spiker’ staring straight at me from about 25 mtrs…..could only see his head behind a deadfall,
    Now it what seemed like a lifetime but would have been less than 2 seconds about a thousand ‘things’ raced through my mind…..i can remember these....

    ‘A deer, fukin shoot it’

    ‘Its true, they just stand and stare at you’

    ‘Wow, what a beautiful looking animal’

    ‘Remember to take the safety off, you dumb cunt’

    I slowly raise the barrel towards my target, slipped the safety off, went to close my left eye to line up and….he went into ‘warp factor ten’ mode…..
    As he crashed downhill to my left I let go a ‘hail mary’ shot and of course, missed!!!!!!
    Woodsyboy shit himself from the rifle crack, he told me later his first impression was that I’d done an accidental discharge……but he quickly
    Chambered a round when he heard him crash through the bush, but didn’t get a shot off….

    Now….after a couple of nights sleeping ‘on it’ and after running it through my melon a thousand times, I have no doubt my dangly bits were in the
    firm grasp of the hunter’s nemesis known as ‘buck fever’…..as I have yet to shoot a wild deer, as soon as I saw it, my very first thought was ‘get it!’
    now I have mulled over the moral high ground of saying I would not ‘head shoot’ or take a running shot….but the ‘fever’ had me big time and I badly
    …..AND I MEAN FUKIN BADLY wanted to put that lad on the ground……..

    He was the first Red I have ever seen, and although I have spooked 3 Sika’s in the Kaimanawas, that was the first shot I have let off, always thought, at least
    To myself I would be more composed when ‘it’ finally happened……FAIL, big time

    I only took up hunting this year at the ‘tender’ age of 55, so I knew I had a big learning curve ahead of me, but it’s the challenge I have set myself, lesson learnt…..

    Note to self, engage brain before weapon!!!!!!!!!!
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    Buddy!!! So close!! I'm gutted for you just reading that because I know how badly you want that first doc land deer - I am in the same boat!

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    Yeah nah bro

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    Brilliant Eric. Like I have said to many a good man. They are definitely there but it is a real challenge. I bet you had a grin from ear to ear that night anyway.
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    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
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    youll get there mate.

    there comes a point when you look back and think, "how the fuck was I ever that useless?"

    and things just start falling into place effortlessly.

    youve done well just getting to the point of spotting the deer, now just slow things down and concentrate on the rifle controlls, safety, bolt trigger,

    and try not to shoot at a running deer. for one it scares the shit out of everything near by meaning you gotta walk kms to get to undusturbed country, two it risks poor shot placement and having to do a long drawn out track to not find a deer that is balled up dieing slowly(does your head in) three the chances of you hitting it is slim to none unless you are a calm cool culler that is a crack shot(not buck fever newby)

    what helps me is i pictured the bullet as if its stabbing the deer with a knitting needle, god knows why but it really gets you concentrating on whats beneth and not just shooting the deer in the middle (gut shot) right down to the square CM you want to hit
    meaning that when you squeze that shot off you are confedent (not surprised) that the deer is dead as soon as the bullet connects

    If my hunting partner shoots at spooked deer as they run away Id have a quiet word to them saying the above. and that if you slow yourself down you will speed up exponentially

    also practice snapping your rifle up quickly on stumps and thumbing the safety as if it was an animal to become more fluid

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    That's not a fail at all.failing is pretending to hunt from the computer
    get back to that spot and try again hell.be around. Good luck.
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    Good stuff. Get back out and have another go
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    Good work getting onto it in the first place
    As Bill999 said, don't shoot unless your sure of a humane kill.
    Don't dwell too much on the buck fever episode, learn from it and move on otherwise it will just fcuk with your mind
    You have spooked 3, shot at 1 now only one thing left to do and I'm confident it is so close now you can probably smell it.
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    Good stuff.
    Iv shot plenty and missed a gimme not that long ago so it happens.

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    I hunt open country most, after a number of years in the bush. First few animals on the tops I rushed these like I was in the bush, now, I sit and watch the game, setup the video camera, set up my rifle, check the wind, range the animal, crunch the numbers for bullet drop, ear muffs on, wait for him to turn board side, check the wind again, line him up, touch the trigger, watch him fall over. I practise this about every week on steel targets in field shooting situtation. Almost all the time you want, did this on Saturday afternoon on a couple of nice eating Chamois, worked well!

    Shooting in the bush is hard, even though hes closer and once he's spooked, even harder. Like Bill said, practise shooting in the likely situtations you hunt in. The more time out looking well bring results!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    youll get there mate.

    there comes a point when you look back and think, "how the fuck was I ever that useless?"

    and things just start falling into place effortlessly.

    youve done well just getting to the point of spotting the deer, now just slow things down and concentrate on the rifle controlls, safety, bolt trigger,

    and try not to shoot at a running deer. for one it scares the shit out of everything near by meaning you gotta walk kms to get to undusturbed country, two it risks poor shot placement and having to do a long drawn out track to not find a deer that is balled up dieing slowly(does your head in) three the chances of you hitting it is slim to none unless you are a calm cool culler that is a crack shot(not buck fever newby)

    what helps me is i pictured the bullet as if its stabbing the deer with a knitting needle, god knows why but it really gets you concentrating on whats beneth and not just shooting the deer in the middle (gut shot) right down to the square CM you want to hit
    meaning that when you squeze that shot off you are confedent (not surprised) that the deer is dead as soon as the bullet connects

    If my hunting partner shoots at spooked deer as they run away Id have a quiet word to them saying the above. and that if you slow yourself down you will speed up exponentially

    also practice snapping your rifle up quickly on stumps and thumbing the safety as if it was an animal to become more fluid
    Fantastic advice Bill, big thanks, ive wondered for the best part of the last 6 months how i would react when i finally saw one (as opposed to spooking one, which shocks me more that the deer!)
    i know what you mean about taking a 'wild shot' and maybe wounding the poor bugger who would probably die slowly....i amazed myself that i turned into somebody i didnt think i was....
    as it was (almost) the first deer in my scope, i MUST show more control and patience in future......the 'fever' took over, but at least ive experienced that now, cant wait for 'next time'.......

    Yeah, Neckshot, the 'spot' is marked on my GPS.....as they say, 'the more i go out, the luckier i get!'......

    Cheers Toby, im stuck in work right now planning the next one!!!!!!

    Phillip & Rushy.....i will get there in the end....just have to keep learning 'the craft'......
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    how fun was that rush of buck fever tho?
    Its like loosing your virginity all over again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    how fun was that rush of buck fever tho?
    Its like loosing your virginity all over again
    Yeah mate, its like im 'popping viagra' every 6 hours....haharrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    not that i NEED viagra....unless you know where i can get it cheap???????
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    Quote Originally Posted by sako75 View Post
    Good work getting onto it in the first place
    As Bill999 said, don't shoot unless your sure of a humane kill.
    Don't dwell too much on the buck fever episode, learn from it and move on otherwise it will just fcuk with your mind
    You have spooked 3, shot at 1 now only one thing left to do and I'm confident it is so close now you can probably smell it.
    Cheers Sako, as ive psychoanalysed myself since, i dont want this obsession to become a monkey on my back......but as everyone on here has told me, we all go through this stage, its my turn now!
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    yea best to move on and get back out their hunting, if you are after practice between hunts take your deer rifle out and shoot a few rabbits, turkeys, peacocks just something each week or so to get the handeling of the rifle to become second nature, its money well spent on ammo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouser View Post
    Yeah mate, its like im 'popping viagra' every 6 hours....haharrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    not that i NEED viagra....unless you know where i can get it cheap???????
    I bet the misses loves it, wait till you finally get one!

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