Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tip of the Week

If You Have To Ask, The Answer is "NO!"
Every Saturday, I will be giving you some helpful tips while hunting in our great outdoors from Buckmasters.

We've all heard horror stories of wounded deer, and bow hunters in particular are prone to be the subject of these sad tales. The real statistics show that wounded deer are far less common than stories indicate, but a common theme of many of these stories is that the shooter took an "iffy" shot -- maybe the distance was a little too far or maybe the shooting window wasn't clear.

It doesn't matter. There's one simple way to know if you should hold that shot and let the deer walk: If there is ANY doubt in your mind whatsoever, don't shoot. It's that simple. We all can get caught up in the excitement, so listen to yourself and watch for these key thoughts: "I wonder if it's too far?"; "I think I can get a shot through there"; "If I don't shoot now I won't get another chance"; etc. Unless you're thinking, "This deer is mine," let him walk. If you haven't spooked him, he'll be back and you'll have a chance on another day.


NorCal Cazadora said...

Words of wisdom, Marian!

I hunt ducks more than anything else, but I've found that waiting for those good shots really pays - and taking an iffy shot doesn't, whether it's because you miss and waste a shell, or wound and lose the bird, wasting a life.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Yes, words of wisdom for sure...always good to see you come by for a visit. Need get by and see you real soon. Like you new profile pic! :)

SimplyOutdoors said...

That is an excellent tip from Buckmasters. I'm very particular about my shots, and I get picked on about it from time to time. And I haven't shot as many deer as some of the other guys, but I haven't wounded many either.

And thanks for the link.

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