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Archery Mule Deer?

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Unread 05-07-2014, 09:34 AM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

Didn't draw a state tag so no 2c or 2b but I am guaranteed to draw a Navajo Reservation elk and deer bow hunt... not many deer so hopefully I'll get lucky.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 09:58 AM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

wyowinchester could not have said it better. And remember dont force anything, be patient. Dont let the size of the buck determine if your going to try a stalk but the terrain and wind in between you. If you dont force things he will be there with hopefully better conditions / terrain the following day.
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Unread 04-13-2017, 02:39 AM
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look up stalking. I can't help you finding deer or how to stalk on a online forum...but as far as the tactics...i saw someone post something about a spotter and a patience...and that is correct.
The technique common in western hunting high country is spot and stalk. Even though i can pop the pimple off a nats ass @ 1300 yards, i still prefer bow hunting to rifles, it can have quite the rush. more important, it takes more discipline in my opinion and its a little hard to do if you're not good spotting deer, which is half the battle. Look at maps, look for northern slopes and check them out from afar with good glass. Be patient and look for bedding buck.
Next part of the battle is the 40%, getting within range without spooking the deer. That involves being mindful of wind, using micro terrain to conceal movement, staying out of the skyline, not moving to slow, more important not moving to fast, and being very quite in your movement. the 10% is making your shot. Dont assume with a bow, range everything. There are some examples on web of stalking, and some ideas...best way is to use some of those ideas and try it...and when you mess up, figure out why and try again. I've low crawled, walked around several hills to get a top side shot, ive taken off shoes, and even have walked straight up within range...it could depend, and personally in some situations some luck is involved, though i would rely on it. Some guys pass on stalks if they dont want to risk disturbing the deer. Once muleys blow, they rarely come back to the same place. If you are hunting with another person, sometimes you can do a drive as a back up technique in the event you mess up the stock. Again, it can get really situational. Just focus on spotting and stalking first, id say!
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Unread 04-13-2017, 07:02 AM
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Re: Archery Mule Deer?

I think Wyowinchester nailed it. Slow down. I have killed a few archery bucks with spot and stalk, even some back east where the dry leaves make stealth nearly impossible.

My advice:

Be the stone - your movements inside the last 150 yards should be at a stones pace. Ideally the deer shouldn't be able to detect your movements because you are moving so slow. This takes incredible concentration and balance.

Stay low - nothing screams "Human" like the shape of a standing monkey. Come up with a sling system so that you can put your bow on your back without it falling off and crawl . . . on your belly.

Don't let frustration win - we have all blown stalks, you won't be the greatest archer the world has ever seen in year 1. Keep at it and try to analyze what you did wrong after every stalk. Learn from your mistakes and don't repeat them.

Beware the Does - it's usually not the buck you are after that will detect you and bolt, it will be one of the other bucks or does that he's bedded with that you didn't see. We are predators, predators tend to have a lazer focus on their target and our minds can't handle a lot of data besides what we gather in relation to our target (we don't see the doe that's 15 yards in front of our buck that's bedded behind a sage). As was mentioned previously, this is is where really good glass comes into play. Take an extra 10 minutes to look for ears, legs, tails. You should also use this time to try and get a feel for which direction the thermals are playing near your buck.

Good luck. Post photos.
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