View Full Version : Question for Archery Hunters

11-03-2012, 11:14 AM
So this morning a doe was slowly walking down a trail and I knew soon enough she was going to catch my wind. Sure enough, the hunt was over... She bounced out to 80 yards and stood there blowing for 4-5 minutes. I waited to another 30-45 minutes and completely discouraged I climbed down from the stand and called it an early morning.

But was my hunt really over??? I get very discouraged when this happens and rarely do i give it much time after I get busted. It feels like they have just told every deer in the woods, don't come over here...

So my question: Does anyone out there have any luck after an incident like this? Where they really get busted? Do deer evidently start moving through again? Or is it just over?

Thanks in advance!!

11-03-2012, 12:10 PM
I've had plenty of luck after being busted. Deer can cover large distances in a short amount of time, especially in the morning and night when they're coming from or going to their feeding areas. Its only over when you're back home.

11-03-2012, 12:53 PM
I've had the same deer cone back in a little while later. They get curious. I've watched guys jump bucks and make a full loop right back to where they came from. . Those does are what u i believe are tattletails and cry wolf. Stick it out or move down the trail a bit

11-03-2012, 01:09 PM
I have been busted by a lead doe at 20 yards she took 6 other does and the buck with her they were all snorting and blowing. I was heart broke. Half hour later they come back the same trail. Stare me down. And keep walking past me. I am still waiting for the buck from the taxidermist. I really think it depends on the pressure of the area. I scared the doe but i guess she didnt feel too threatened. They were heading for an alfalfa field at sunset. And determined to get there.

11-03-2012, 03:03 PM
yeah ive watched does snort and blow at squirrels and other small critters that catch them off gaurd. very jumpy animals. as posted before, curious too.

11-03-2012, 03:42 PM
Same here I have had does and bucks blow out only to walk right by my stand a little latter. Elk on the other hand usually are gone once one of them barks.

11-03-2012, 07:48 PM
hmm... All good information. Thanks for sharing.

11-04-2012, 07:15 AM
"They were heading for an alfalfa field at sunset. And determined to get there." I think it also depends on how bad they "need" that trail to get where they are going. If there are other routes than they are probably less likely to walk by again.

11-04-2012, 02:37 PM
Don't let one deer busting you get you discouraged. Especially this time of year, a big buck could come cruising by anytime. Hang in there and good luck!

11-04-2012, 05:18 PM
same goes for elk too. if there is some good coverage near by some elk that get spooked will stand in the cover and watch you, or even if there were elk watching the other elk get spooked. if they dont feel threatened enough they wont go to far. back in the day if we didnt draw bull tags we would all get cow tags and when we got on to some we would shoot what we could and then send a couple guys to push through the nearest cover, worked out well. heck this year when i shot my buck i had 2 spike bulls an some cows and a rag horn step out of the cover bout 5 min after my shot and watched me, i think we have alot of game watching us more than we think but we assume that there is no way theyd be around still.

11-05-2012, 12:45 PM
Three archery seasons ago I had a buck come into my stand at 9yds. When I started to draw the buck spooked and took off down the draw in front of me about 75-100yds blowing the whole way. About 15 minutes later he decided to take another trail that would skirt him around the tree I was in. Too bad for him that trail took him through another shooting lane at 23yds. It was the last mistake he would ever make! :cool: From that day on I have made it a point to stick with it after getting busted.

11-05-2012, 08:48 PM
Everyone seems to be giving you the right guidance... IMO, the answer is DO NOT end your hunt... Deer blow often and rarely give much attention to another deer blowing... Once they blow and run off, they often return. They are VERY curious animals. Do not be disuaded, keep at it.

12-03-2012, 07:30 AM
If a deer literally catches sight of u in stand then that deer has a uncanny sense to look at that stand before coming into open. all other deer will have no idea, from my experience. good luck with the hunt