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Got Busted Saturday.....

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Plank Road Farm, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Plank Road Farm

    Plank Road Farm New Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    North Carolina
    Just thought I'd share my experience last Saturday morning deer hunting.
    I was in my hand built wooden stand by 5:30 A.M.
    The temp was about 38 degrees and foggy.
    I was looking straight out in front at a bush hogged field that was 200 yds. long.
    My left eye started watering, so I very slowly removed my right glove and wiped it with my bare finger.
    Just as I moved my hand down by my side and looked down about 10-15 yds. to my left in front of me was a buck. How he got that close to me was a surprise, I never heard him or saw him walk up.
    It was 6:35 A.M. just before daylight and I could barely see him.
    I froze, and he dropped his head to feed on some acorns, and I very quickly reached for my rifle which was resting across the gun rails in front of me and froze again.
    So now I've got my hands on my rifle but he is looking right at me.
    This is the first buck I've seen this close with a gun in my hands.
    I started deer hunting last year, I killed a button buck (thought it was a doe) and two adult does.
    He became alerted and started to walk across in front of me to the right with his head held high. I could see horns but not sure how many (4 or 6 pointer I think). I don't have much experience hunting deer and to tell the truth I didn't know what to do. So what I did, as he was walking in front of me, I tried to very slowly raise my gun and turn slightly to get a shot off. But just then he either saw or heard me and bolted off and out of sight in a flash.
    I got busted..... I've got a lot to learn about the reaction habits of a buck.
    I've since read their eyes have more cones than rods and can see movement better that color. And they have about two square feet of hearing area within their ears. I don't think he smelled me the wind was in my favor. I told a deer hunter friend about this and he said next time I get handcuffed like that to just freeze and not move a muscle even if he drops his head. Just stay as still as possible not even blink. Wait until he walks off and turns his head then raise my gun and usually he will stop and look back. Then take the shot. All I know is that he sure was a pretty rascal. Oh well, maybe next time.
    Hope this wasn't too long.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010
  2. BlackSky

    BlackSky Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    That must have been awesome :)
  3. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Participating Member

    Oct 5, 2004
    N. CA.
    Doo-doo occurs.
  4. Fernando

    Fernando New Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Well, at least you didn’t get your #ss kicked, lol. Last Thursday night I was boar hunting in the forest. I waited for several hours laid down in the woods, surrounded with tall bushes. I was hopping the boars would show up in a clear hill in front of me, 90 or 100 meters away. Near 9 pm I notice some noise 8 or 9 feet to my right, but I though it was a rabbit or a rat. One or two minutes after, another noise, very low. This time I though it was a badger and I slowly grab me gun. When I unlock the safety the gun make a click. And all hell broke loose after that. It was no rabbit or badger, it was a freaking boar. Neither I nor the pig knew where to run in the dark, lololol, but we both manage to get out of there unharmed.

    How could that happend? It had rained during the day so the ground was wet, and even heavy bodies could move around without make loud noises. Bushes bend without breaking.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010
  5. wombat13

    wombat13 Active Member

    Feb 16, 2010
    I'm always amazed by how deer can just seem to appear out of thin air. I had a buck appear 20 yards from me on Sunday. He had covered at least 30 yards of relatively open woods while I was scanning the other direction.
  6. Mudinyeri

    Mudinyeri Active Member

    May 8, 2010
    In low light and fog, deer are like ghosts. They seem to appear and disappear at will.
  7. keano44

    keano44 Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, LA; Cajun Country
    I got busted too...

    Don't sweat it; just chalk it up to experience. I got busted too, last Saturday evening, and I have 35 years of deer hunting experience!
    I was in a ladder stand in the woods and got a bit bored. I started fooling around with my rangefinder when I should have been still. I was ranging down to the end of one of my shooting lanes, and had to shift position to steady the rangefinder on the shooting rail of the stand. I was looking through it for something to "shoot" a range. I noticed a dark spot that I hadn't noticed before looking through the rangefinder, and thought, OK I can range to that stump. Only, it wasn't a stump, it had eyes and was looking back at me! It was a shooter buck (we shoot 8-point or better on our lease). It was not a buck I would have mounted on the wall, but one I would have been proud to have taken with the TC Contender, 14" bull barrel, 30-30 I was using, with my own hand loads; a personal goal I have set for myself. I never got the shot, he didn't hang around long enough for me to get the gun into play. Oh, the range, 65 yds. It would have been a perfect shot presentation for my set-up.
  8. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    I've found nothing can appear or disappear into/out of thin air better than a turkey

    While 1 pound squirrels are the noisiest creatures in the woods.
  9. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Senior Member

    Aug 30, 2010
    Aint THAT the dern truth! I keep 2 or 3 "junk" arrows in the quiver just for the pesky little tree rats! Whats REALLY bad is when you get up in your tree about half an hour before light, then, after daylight breaks, you look across from you and realize you have set up almost dead in line with a squirrels nest! Don't know how many times I have been "fussed at" by an angry little furball and a deer will not get within 100 yards of a barking squirrel. Have to say they do look kind of funny after you pin one to a tree :) Its why I carry junk arrows now. 30 bucks (10 dollar arrow, 10 dollar broad head, 10 dollar lighted noch) is a bit on the pricey side for a tree rat. But after sitting there for 30 minutes waiting on the little bugger to shut the hell up got to me!

    Hunt long enough, we all get busted one way or another. A lot don't realize just how a deer see's. Just because it's head is down does not mean it can't or isn't looking at you. They have about 140* line of sight with them big eyes. And they are masters of the old "head fake" and fool even the best of hunters.
  10. Ranger J

    Ranger J Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I think every hunter has probably experienced what I call the 'instant deer'. What really happens is that they pop up out of the ground like mushrooms. Another theory is that they can change back and forth into squirrels. That explains why you can see lots of deer while scouting before season and see only squirrels when season is in.;)

  11. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Mar 27, 2009
    nc mountains
    Your going to run into screw up's for the rest of your life hunting. We all do. Wait till you wake your self up snore'n and when you open your eyes there's several deer looking at you about ten feet away and nothing you can do. How do i know that?? As time goes by you will learn how much movement you can get away with and how to do it. Just don't move fast and cover your face and hands too if your in the open.
  12. nathan

    nathan Mentor

    Feb 4, 2003
    this happened to me too two years ago while hunting at Sam Houston Natl Forest. I was squating under a depression when i heard some crashing sound behind me. Then wheni stood up theres a doe a few feet away. It stopped noticing i was there. She looked straight at me and i slowly grab the rifle. I took aim and couldnt see a dang thing . It was basically dark for some reason . Then the deer bolted away like lighting and i lost it.

    Lesson learned . I should just stayed still and once the buck was looking away to grab the rifle and quickly shoot. But again, the buck fever was so strong i busted myself for it.
  13. flipajig

    flipajig Active Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Gods coununtry. IDAHO.
    Join the club I grew up hunting Mule deer and now im hunting Whittail. Two compleat different critters a muley will bust you but they are more curious than a whittail
    A whittail will bust at the slightest thing keep up dont give up.
  14. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Senior Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    That is what happend to me last Friday.

    Walking through the woods near an oil pipeline clearing that had a lot of goat weed. Stood there with brush around me for 10 min and then right there, 150 or so yards HALF WAY ACROSS THE PIPELINE CLEARING was a very big buck. At least 10 points. Had my scope on him but because I could only see the side of the antlers I could not tell if it was the legal 13 inch spread here in Texas.

    I waited 4 min or so after he made the woods and he came back out and walked up the hill. It LOOKS like it's more than 13 inches but hey, he was almost 200 yards away by then walking away from me.

    I'll be out in the sticks tomorrow (it's very cold right now here in East Texas) and I hope to run into him again.

  15. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    Although I have had them walk up to within 8 yards of me while squirrel hunting. They know I am there, they are looking right at me. I sit as still as a stump and they stare at me and start stamping the ground and snorting.

    I think they know I am there, but the don't know what the heck I am or if they should be scared or not.
  16. p85

    p85 New Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    central NC
    almost busted but got lucky

    opening day in va., I was in a 2 man ladder stand. stand has camo sides and top (nice) with zip our windows sides and front. about 8:30 a spike horn appears to my extreme right side about 50 yds out and down in a gulley. my 30-30 was resting across the rail pointing to the left. I very slowly get my rifle down off the rails while watching the buck go from head up to head down.
    as I turn to my right (I shoot right handed), I realize that I cannot get into a position to shoot while seated. now I am thinking "how am I going to get down on my knees in this stand, turn to the right and get a bead on the deer without spooking him". I would move and he would look up, then I would freeze. I did it and was able to get a comfortable bead on him. he turned broadside and I shot at what should have been a lung shot if he were level with me. I ended up hitting him in the spine above the shoulder and he dropped right there.
    several things went right for me. 1)I was in a camo sided blind 2)it was 2 man so I had plenty of room 3)and the deer didn't spook
    I got lucky.:D
  17. d2wing

    d2wing Senior Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Last year I was busted by a noisy sling mount. Deer often appear when you are distracted, not paying attention, or in the wrong position, have your scope set to the wrong power. They sometimes are silent and blend in as well. You might not see one at all that is looking at you. Welcome to the club.
  18. General Lee

    General Lee New Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    When a deer appears in front of me suddenly it is because I fell asleep. I have woke up several times in my stand to see a deer lookin at me. Maybe I was snoring or something.
  19. Virg461

    Virg461 New Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    The Foothills of NC
    I have listened to deer coming from hundreds of yards away, and I have also had them appear as if by magic. I think some of them take advanced ninja training. About the only time a mature buck will make noise is when he's following a doe in heat.

    Don't sweat getting busted. Happens to everyone now and then. Learn from the experience.
  20. gordy

    gordy Active Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    south central Minnesota
    2 years ago I was on stand , a doe and her twins came into sight at about 100 yards. they walked along the fence line that will bring them right to me and my bow. At about 45 yards the doe just stops. Looks at me and starts to stomp her front foot. (The wind was in my face.) She turns and starts to walk away, calling to the twins as she went. I must have moved or she would not have seen me, I don't know. But no doe that day.
    The next week I shot a nice 8 point out of the same tree.

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