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10 Bowhunting Mistakes You’re Making Right Now

by Mark Kayser   |  August 27th, 2012 9

Who likes to fess up to mistakes? I don’t. My dog doesn’t. Few of my friends do. The president rarely even admits to making a mistake. Have you ever thought what a perfect world it would be if we all just confessed to mistakes and tried never to make them again? The divorce rate would surely drop, courtrooms would be less packed, and I’m betting your bowhunting success would increase. It has been my goal during bow season to never repeat a mistake, but each season I still can add at least one major mistake to the “never repeat” list.

One of my biggest blunders to date happened not too long ago. I found a short window between work trips, so I headed to my favorite whitetail haunt. Pre-rut magic hung in the air, and the excitement of being in the whitetail woods, plus my impatient personality, prodded me into rattling immediately after settling into my stand. As I hung the rattle bag back up, I froze in astonishment when a buck stood up in a tall patch of grass less than 40 yards away and stared in wide-eyed terror at my treestand-perched form.

You already know the rest of the story. Yes, the buck exploded, and I literally slapped myself while watching the buck race away through the thick cedars. Here are a few other mistakes I hope to never make again…I mean it…really!

  • Devo

    Thanks for sharing. I'm going to print them, remember them and hopefully avoid them. Bet I can come up with some new ones though.

  • keverwine

    What a great article. It is so refreshing hearing an "expert" say that they make some of the most common mistakes that we all make. I can honestly say that I have made 7-8 of the 10 mistakes and will be completing all 10 before all is said and done. What is interesting to me is that even though they are mistakes that we can realize in hindsite, when the feaver hits, we think that we will not become prey to the misfortunes. Keep up the good writing.

  • Colby

    I just wanted to ask is it ever to early in the season to use calls? I only ask because I have a good spot set up right where the deer will be passing to get water, I have a corn feeder out but im not getting any thing picking up the corn besides birds. I know they pass right there but i dont think they have been buy in a few weeks so i just wanted to know if using my call the first few days of the season to get them to come back down and check it out would be a good idea or if thats pushing it a little to ealy?

  • Gonzales, J.M.

    When shooting from a 12' stand, at a doe 16 yards way, using my 20 yard pin, on my bow which is cranked down to 70 lbs., for some reason my arrow when right over her back. Other then bad shooting skills (which I don't believe was the problem) what other reasons could there be that I missed this animal?

    • Clint Jacobs

      Prob just bad shooting buddy. Aim a little lower next time.

    • michael h

      DEEER usually flinch or duck at the snap of a bowstring . I usually site my pins about 1 – 2 inches low. Angle and the flinch were probably your culprit

  • Clint Jacobs

    In all my years as a hunting professional I have encountered many whitetails. But none so hard to figure out as the one I married. Just having some fun, keep hunting hard and having a good time.

  • Just kidding

    Blindness,

  • Mike Wisniewski

    I just received the DecJan issue of Bowhunter Magazine,and I was admiring the cougar mount shot by Chris Durando. I was wondering if you could get the name of the taxidermist for me. I am planning a Bear hunt and I would imagine they could do a great Bear mount also.
    Thanks, Mike Wisniewski

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