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Squirrelhunter91

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For Bowhunters Only.....
« on: February 05, 2005, 08:39:24 PM »
Whew.... I have taken a few animals with my bow before, but never had I experienced this feeling....

Just a few hours ago, there were 3 racoons in my backyard eating out of the birdfeeder. I hate when critters other than birds do  this because they cannot fit their mouth in the tray and turn it upside down and shake it... One racoon was sitting on the fence shaking the feeder, while the other two were on the ground eating whatever was dropped... There was also bread out there that the devoured. I was watching all of this happen from my bed room window with a spotlight that has a red lense over it. The red lense does not scare animals because they cannot see the red light. I told my dad what was going on and he gave me the OK to shoot one of them. He comes into the room with me and sees what is going on. He slowly opens the window and gets it to the point where I could shoot out of it. He shines the light on the big coon. The big coon was on the ground eating. While we are watching them eat, totally unaware of the window that we just opened, my palms start to get real sweaty, I start to shake and I cannot stay still. I start to draw my bow. I get to full draw and cannot steady myself enough to make the shot. I call of the shot and my dad scares them away. We turn the light back on in my room and I look at my arms and every vein in my arm is bursting out and I can't stop shaking. That adrenalyn rush is great. I love that feeling. It is the best feeling in the world and I can't get enough of it. I could have shot that racoon over and over again, but I just had to live in the moment with the excitement. I can only imagine what it is like having a Beatty Buck or a Lovestuen buck in your sights and trying to remain calm and make the shot. Wow.

It is the best feeling in the world. Kind of like the recoil of a gun after you just downed a big one, you don't feel nothing.
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Re: For Bowhunters Only.....
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2005, 09:43:12 PM »
One of the tricks to remain calm is not to aim at the coon or whatever.Aim at a certain hair or feature (right where the shoulder meets the rib cage, you can see the curvature of the flesh)Pick your spot,concentrate on it,nothing else exists.Don't let your breathing get outta hand.Take your shot, then let the adrenaline flow.The rush will still be there.
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Re: For Bowhunters Only.....
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2005, 01:08:34 AM »
well i have had that felling only once and that was when bambi showed up and i drew back on him. i was shakin like a leaf. i let one fly five feet in front of him. i thought i was gonna miss but the deer being at about 35 yards heard the bow and started running. when all the sudden i hear whack. i had watched the arrow hit the deer in the head and then the deer did a front flip. piled him up right there and as you said i dont know what it would be like to shoot a big buck. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2005, 09:14:37 PM »
Were you going to eat the coon or take it for fur?  If not, why kill it?  Should have either shot it with your pellet gun in the butt or popped it with a .22 LR or .22 Mag loaded with shot to burn it.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, UNLESS YOU'VE GOT A GOOD REASON FOR KILLING SOMETHING, DON'T DO IT!
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Re: For Bowhunters Only.....
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2005, 11:39:45 PM »
I think he's planning on going after the hide, BC. In another thread, he asked Lady T about the process of tanning coon hide. But, I agree. There's no reason to kill any animal without a reason. :mrgreen:
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Re: For Bowhunters Only.....
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2005, 06:29:43 AM »
Did you guys read the fact that they destroy my birdfeeder? No, didn't think so. Thats why I am going to take one of them out. They chew up the feeder and I can end it with a double lung hit.

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2005, 07:26:01 AM »
I read that they were tearing up the feeder.  The only problem is that you're going to keep having the same thing happen over and over unless you fix it so they can't get at the feeder.  DUH!  All you're doing is inviting trouble.

It's kinda' like people feeding bears and then get mad because the bear breaks in their house to get more food.
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2005, 09:33:11 AM »
well trap the coons in live traps and move them to a differnt location.
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Re: For Bowhunters Only.....
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2005, 02:52:11 PM »
BC makes a great point, as usual. I for one, don't mind when the bears come into my house looking for food... just so long as I'm not on the menu.  :wink: But seriously, what you could do is put the feeder up on a 3' metal pole and then wire the pole with a 12 volt battery. It'll make it VERY uncomfortable for them to try and get to the feeder. In the end, they'll learn that your feeder causes them pain and they'll move on.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2005, 10:17:15 PM »
The easiest thing to do is set the feeder on a pole or post away from any fences or trees that the critters could climb on and get to the feeder.  Go to the hardware store and get some aluminum flashing that you use when roofing (it's relatively cheap).  Start at the bottom and put a wrap of flashing around the post and tack down tightly with nails.  Cut another piece the same length and put it above the first, but overlap onto the first by about an inch.  Keep doing this up the post.  The flashing is slick and coons can't get a foot-hold on it.  By overlapping the flashing from bottom to top, there's no lip on top for the coon to grap with a toe.

Just about anyone that's put out wood duck boxes has done this to keep coons from raiding the nests.  It also works for just about any other critter, including snakes!
The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

 


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