Well I am back to work and all the same as everyone else after the holiday blahs, except I had a birthday which I am sure everyone has read my blog about halfheimers 🙂
I survived the holidays, few bumps and scrapes but survived none the less.
I did however achieve a goal of mine this past weekend… evidenced below.
My first Deer with a bow
I know this is not a big deal to some, but for those of you that bow hunt I now understand the difference between a gun hunt and a bow hunt.
Oh my gosh to be so close to her, I wish I had a video of it cause it was sooooo cool.
I took the shot and she was 18.5 yards away from me, yes you can pace that off and see I am not just giddy for the heck of it, that is dang close, and beautiful.
I could count her eyelashes she was that close to me, and as evidenced in the picture I may have been a little back from where I should have been but she was quartered away a little and this shot ended up being a single lung vs double lung shot.
But she was down within 40-50 yards from where I shot her so all in all it was a good shot, if slightly misplaced.
Let me tell you a little of the difference of hunting with a bow vs. a gun, I will agree with a gun you are in the elements same as with a bow, yes you are experiencing some of what God has put on this earth for us all to experience, and to be honest few do experience it in all its glory.
With a gun you can shoot an animal from 100’s of yards away, unless you are using a scope you are not truly seeing the animal in all its glory.
With a bow you are feet away from the animal, if you have good hearing, which I do, I could hear her clicking, yes clicking, I never knew that a deer could or would click but she did.
She was beautiful, when she was approaching I noticed a limp, slight limp from her rear end, I believe she is a 1.5 year old doe, she was the fawn that a 2 summers/falls ago we noticed on trail camera’s as well as in person on her walks on our property to have this limp from fawn on, we don’t know if it was a birth defect or if she was hit by something when she was young, but she has had the limp and I am truly surprised that she lasted through the coyotes and all that life had surely thrown her way.
She will feed our family this year, for a smallish doe she supplied us with meat for the year, hopefully others in my family will have the opportunity to hunt and get a deer before the end of season in our area (Jan. 31st) if not, she will be a treasure for more than just being my first bow kill, but also for the food she has supplied us with.
Let me put you in that blind with me first lets start with Sat. night (Jan.14) I was sitting in my blind when my hubby (who is scouting from loft window cause I can’t see anything coming) starts blowing up my phone (on vibrate) with txt messages, you have deer coming in, I see them a ways off, they stop and act like something is not right (I have a heater on the small propane tank that is hissing) text hubby “should I shut off heater” reply “if you can stand the cold” So off goes the heat, ok my phone blows up again “here they come” I put my phone on silent all, and get ready I have my bow up I have 4 deer in my view, I raise my bow, get my 20 yd pin on the one deer that is broadside to me, then it happens **SLAM* neighbor slams their door, whoop there they go, where I had 4 deer I have none now, oh poo (ok this is a g rated blog you know that is NOT what I was saying)
I loaded up and went to the house, I am moody and mad for most the night, and yes I was not easy to live with, this is not the first hunt my neighbors have squashed for me, mind you I live in WI, Sunday was the day that they played the Giants, so we have plans of watching the Packers on Sunday, after my shower (scent free) I make an announcement that floors my family “F the Packers” (mind you I love my packers BUT I wanted another shot at those deer).
Sunday afternoon I am in the blind with different heater (Thank you Lynne and fam for borrowing it to us) time passes nothing, a few birds and squirrels, but no deer, I call once on deer call, figure what the heck right? txt Hubby @ 4:20pm “what you think? see anything?” reply ” C nothing, are you hunting or killing?” he always has a way of telling me without telling me as you can see, so I continue to sit while my packers are being crushed grrr, anyways, it is close to end time still not seeing nothing I put on my hat with the light (mind you I can not shoot my bow with this hat on) and resign myself to going up to watch the game, I lean forward guess who, the doe who came in first on Saturday, oh my gosh there’s a deer coming in, ok, now I ssslllooowwllyy take off my hat, shhhh have to be quite, put it down, pick up my bow, she stops I stop, she moves I move, slowly I bring my bow up, still waiting for her to give me a shot, and I pray, really really hard, I pull back on my bow, line her up, not quite right she is quartering away in the hind quarter, but she doesn’t look like she will move anymore in a better spot, she is a little on the freaked side from Saturday, they don’t like loud noises, she lowers her head to eat the brasicus we have planted there, and thwap, I let the arrow fly.
I call Hubby on cell phone ” I just shot a deer” reply “no way, I just looked there was nothing there, (pause) oh dang I see her, she just dropped, stay in the blind there are 2 more deer back by her”
I know this seems like it is a long time period but everything I just wrote happened in the space of about 5 minutes, it seemed like forever.
I am sure that many that read this will think how inhuman, but we hunt to survive, to live a little off the land just like our fore-fathers did, at least partially. Let me assure you that we do use everything that the deer supplies for us as best we can, due to CWD we do not use the brain, or bones, but we do use the pelt, as well as all the meat.
For those of you that have hunted with bow’s before I am sure you are thinking this is a not so big deal but for all the hunting programs I see, there are really very few women that are hunters esp. with bow’s.
I do have praise as well as stick with it for anyone that has started bow hunting or is thinking of it esp if you are a female, you are capable of it, no matter what anyone says.
Bonus for finally shooting my first deer… Hubby is buying me a new bow, yipee, so I will be checking out the new bows for this year, but besides that I have been hunting with a bow for 2 years.
I started out terrified of tree stands ( I didn’t care if I had a hunters safety system on) I have a problem with height esp when I could fall, so I used a deer blind for half the first year, then I finally got in a tree stand, even bought a used double tree stand from my youngest friend, LOVE THIS STAND, but after all that guess what I shot my first deer from?? yup the deer blind I started in.
Many thanks to my family for putting up with my pouting and all that for the times I didn’t get a deer, also for my Hubby for having patience with me ( I know I can be hard-headed but hey he knew that when he married me 🙂 ), and to my Sis-in-law for letting us borrow the Mr. Heater, for those of you that are hunting in blinds, this little heater is the bomb, no noise, at least my doe didn’t hear it, and it kept me warm.