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Who bowhunts during gun season

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Who bowhunts during gun season

Post by tntom on Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:17 pm


 
Just wandering how many of you hunt with your bow during gun season. Been thinking about it for a while but haven't made the plunge in bow only.

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Post by Waiting4Fall on Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:19 pm

Trad gear only, all season for me. (the harder the hunt, the better the meat tastes)

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Post by DirtyGator on Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:25 pm

Funny You should ask, Ive thought on It some. The woods are active during general gun is My only concern. Well My Bud talked Me into it, bow only again this weekend!

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Post by tntom on Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:08 pm


 

I think I'll finish out muzzleloader and rifle season with my Recurve. That's the way I enjoy more than anything else.   It would be bad to have a buck come in to 12 yards with a 06 in my hand and wish I had my bow.

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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:47 am

bow only since mid 70s - and during gun seasons. We did search out spots that made more sense - Ex: late 70s we hunted Bucks Co PA (shotgun zone) during the PA rifle season and we almost never saw another hunter - we carried recurves then but 99% of gun hunters were using rifles upstate rather than stay home and use shotguns. Now we have many more options - prefer bow only units - and more and more towns are going "bow zone" every year.

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Post by TradbowInOregon on Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:27 pm

Here in Oregon we have specific dates for our general bow season. If you buy a bow tag for deer, you cannot rifle hunt and vice versa.

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Post by PineywoodsBow on Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:33 pm

both, but definitely prefer a bow hunt over a rifle with one exception: a rifle hunt with my trusty 30-30 lever action(iron sights) thats just a lot of fun too!

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Post by Backwaters Bowhunter on Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:41 am

I use a bow during gun season. I feel like the added pressure & movement of gun hunters helps bump deer on our 180k acre NF.

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Re: Who bowhunts during gun season

Post by SlowBow on Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:27 pm

I have in the past. will in the future. Usually switch to bow only areas though. This year I'll probably carry the gun, so I can hunt with my wife and son. Lot of if it's brown it's down blasting where we plan to hunt, and the deer haul butt opening weekend. I'll be mostly filming, but would be able to make a snap shot if need be should it arise.

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Post by Bulldog18 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:52 pm

I have in certain areas. Most of the gun hunters I have encountered hunt within 100 yards of their vehicle. Most cases you can determine where they are and set up around them where they can bump the deer and hopefully drive them near you.

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Post by SlowBow on Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:34 pm

Funny you put it that way. I was talking with some folks just the other day, and I pointed out I think that's why I dislike the firearms season so much. On public land, firearms season quickly turns your mindset from a "hunt" to just a hope and prayer that someone runs something by you so you can get a shot.

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Re: Who bowhunts during gun season

Post by bowonly on Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:31 am

My 2 best bucks were taken during the firearm season with my bow. This upcoming weekend I will be braving the orange army with archery equipment once again. I'm 100% archery whether the firearm season is in or not.
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Post by hoyt on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:44 pm

Can't hunt with bow during gun season where I am..S. Il. so I use traditional flintlocks I build. I hunt with recurves during archery season.

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Post by 8upbowhunter on Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:33 pm

I have been bow only the past 5 years so yes I bow hunt during the entire gun season.

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Re: Who bowhunts during gun season

Post by Parkersdad on Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:21 pm

I do. This is my week off and I am camping in the National Forest. I am bowhunting amongst a bunch of gun hunters. I love the bow.

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