outfitter. Combined with 30 years of being a deer hunter. I have learned to
always try and look at each bad and/or negative situation as a positive learning
experience. Therefore when a situation comes as a misfortune to others. I on
the other hand try to use it as a "What can I learn from this situation?" in order
to prevent it from happening again. Although we know that no one has a 100%
recovery rate all of the time. It is always our goal to always recover each and
every animal hit with a bow or firearm. Therefore we have to come to the
realization that the recovery of an animal begins with preparing for the moment
to obtain the proper shot placement.
Obviously the first step a hunter takes is to practice with their hunting setups
exactly as they would be shooting them from a stand in the woods. Although I
know standing at the back deck shooting 20 to 100 arrows into a quarter size
area at 40 yards each night may appear as "Im All Good...I Gots Dis Shit". I will
just be blunt & upfront and say it to everyone this way.
I don't give two shits about what anyone can do on a paper target and/or a 3D
target standing perfectly on a range or in your back yard. Those kinds of shots
are practice for sure. But those shots are being made into 100%
relaxed atmosphere under PERFECT conditions for "the
accurate shooting of a "TARGET".
Therefore, What I would like to know is that at some point. Each hunter has at
least a time or two, practiced up for (and you all know what I am referring to,
lol) a live animal that unexpectedly pops out of now where that seemingly has a
rack the size of elk with a body looking to be the size Buick, that now has your
full attention with your heart pounding out of your chest, that is now forcing
you into a rushed situation because this buck is the biggest ever seen in your
life time, and is quickly on the move through brush non stop, is at the wrong
angle or there is about to be only one hole to shoot through, and thats only if i
can get it to stop as is about to get away........ Yes that is a run on
sentence...but just like those very situations. The deer don't always stop for
proper PUNCTUREation , lol. Therefore you find yourself being forced to rush a
situation, thus forcing a hurried bad shot, thus producing a wounded & lost
animal. Now we have to ethically assume that animal just ran off to die
somewhere else and/or days later and worse yet. "On Some Other Property
Owned By Someone That Wont Let us Gain Access to Look for It". I'm hoping
at this very moment that "Shit just got REAL" with ya.
So just a suggestion while practicing at home. Yes this may sound stupid and
you probably gonna look stupid to the neighbors, lol. But I learned this from an
elk hunter that had to take rushed shots in thick cover and or had to run up 50
yards in hopes to get a shot. But either jog or run around the yard for a couple
minutes. Or just run in place for 20 seconds... then pick up your bow and shoot
at the target. As you will see this is good practice for preparing for that rushed
shot in a heightened heart beat situations.
As well I would like to recommend that hunters practice shooting in the
following conditions while wearing the gear you would wear during the different
hunting conditions. All Hunters Should be practicing from a tree stand.
Practice in both Rainy conditions in your rain gear and Practice Windy
Conditions from a tree stand. Practice shooting through holes in the bushes
and or trees. Try and think of every scenario you can come up with that can
happen. And Practice that in the back yard "From a Tree Stand".
WHEN YOU CLIMB INTO THE STAND - 1st Thing to Do
After all your hard earned money spent, for all the preparation you have done
and for hours & miles driven. What all hunters want and hope for is to watch
their arrow blow clean through the LUNGS (NOT the F'n
SHOULDER) then the deer runs 30 yards and falls down. And that is what we
hope & want is to hear when you text/call us. So in order for you to do your
best to make that happen. We are asking that if you don't think you can
remember every note I am about to mention. Then please use the note pad
feature in your cell phones to make a checklist of what to do the second ya
climb into any stand.
1.) Take a good look around to note each available shooting lane is a really
important thing to do immediately. "Take note of Each and Every
Little Branch that Will Disappear as the light fades". I cant tell
you how many times I have arrived to be told by the hunter "I don't know what
happen..... It was at last light but the shot was wide open". Then, I ask where
the deer was standing.....I go stand in the spot where the hunter told me the
deer was standing. I then shine the flashlight back towards the stand to see
that the hunter shot through a bunch of brush/branches. So Please Take note
to the things that will disappear as the days hunt disappears into the darkness.
2.) Speaking of Darkness. "Don't be taking shots in extreme
low light conditions AM or PM!! and/or after hunting
hours end". Trust me....as it always hasn't nor does It nor will it end with
good results. Legal hunting hours here in Illinois begin 1/2 before sunrise and
will End at exactly 1/2 hour after sunset. So for the guys that hunt dark to
dark....that doesn't mean its ok to shoot in the dark.
3.) I need you to set yourself some personal limitations as to where you KNOW
that you can 100% make a nice quick clean ethical killing shot. And I need you
to range each shooting lane to its maximum so you are aware of the distances
4.) I would like for you to pack a field tip on at least one of your arrows. This is
so that you can climb into your stand......range a spot (a leaf or something) and
take a shot at it with your field tip. This will allow you to first know that your
bow is on and that YOU are on. Plus it also loosens up your ole tense muscles
for shooting out of a stand set up that you haven't yet familiarized yourself
with. Meaning...you are comfortable shooting off of your deck at home or the
stand in your back yard. But...you are now in a strange stand in a strange
place. So take a shot an familiarize yourself with the situation.
5.) RELAX!!! I know this can be an instant high adrenaline sport. So when the
time come that a buck enters your visual area. Take one quick look at the rack
and don't look back. We don't care about scores here. We care about good
clean kills. So if you see a buck you want to harvest just instantly focus on the
spot in the ribs where you want the arrow to go. We will worry about how many
points it has when we recover it, lol.
6.) Ethical shots only please?? I don't give two shits about what ya seen on
YouTube or Facebook. Please don't be purposely taking shots at deer facing
you and/or that are hard quartering to you. Don't be shooting deer thru the
shoulders nor shooting through any brush nor taking ridiculous shots at like
60, 70 n 80 yards.
So Bow Hunters please remember that as your guide that cares about your
success and your experience while hunting with us both here in Illinois and
back in your home states. I simply request the following:
1.) That your broadheads be a Sharp & Properly Tuned One
2.) That your broadheads be shot from a Properly Tuned Bow.
3.) That you make every attempt to make sure that your broad
head leaves your bow as an ethically well placed shot
R.ight I.nto the B.est S.pot.
4.)That the only Shots Taken are at an angle Being of complete
Broadside or Quartering Away Angles.
5.) That ALL shots are only Taken in Ethical Situations/Conditions
6.) That ALL shots are only Taken at an Ethical Distance.
"PREPARING FOR THE SHOT"
Because we have a personal love for the whitetail that
goes way beyond or being whitetail guides and/or our
desires to be a deer hunter. We have also possess a
great compassion for the presence & future existence
of whitetail deer. While knowing that bad things
can/will happen in the woods. We as hunters will
eventually experience situations that are not intended
to have happened. Therefore we feel it's our full
responsibility as your guide to prepare hunters the
best we can for each & every possible situation that
may arise. As well it's a responsibility for every hunter
to always do their best to quickly & ethically harvest
each animal. So please humble yourselves enough to
take some time to read through this information for
refreshing and/or maybe even learning something new.