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Shooting in the wind
I hate shooting in the wind. That strong crosswind where your bow acts like a sail, swaying from side to side. Kind of like this guy!
Great hunt, and good shot in very tough conditions.
When his wife came to full draw, with him in front, I was cringing. Way to risky!
A “how to” video on several things NOT to do, IMO.
Some people shouldn't be allowed to hunt...She drew her bow back with a guy crouched on the ground glassing ahead of her. Not even going to get into taking that shot or looking for the wrong deer for hours.
given where he hit, looking for the wrong deer for hours may have actually allowed them to find the deer he did shoot
I agree totally with drnaln and t-roy. Great video example of how to be crappy hunters. I hunt exclusively on the plains for deer and have passed up many shots at BIG bucks at much closer range than 56 yards in less wind than that because my bow was bouncing all over the place. Like his. And I practice in wind. His pin was wobbling the length of the deer when he yanked the release. He got very lucky with a Hail Mary. Don't want to hear about "Hey, he got the deer so it's ok".
Then again, it's all about the glory, the show, and getting a kill for the sponsors.
Gotta get footage and a kill..
With that said,, I'm sure you guys are genuine in saying you wouldn't take that shot, 97 our of 100 hunters let that arrow fly ,, me included. I guaranty that.
Always got the "shot police" patrolling!! The freaking buck died in 70 yards! If you can't pull it off sucks for you! I'm letting that fly!
Ya there's a lot in that video I don't like but I CAN tell you one thing. I've spot and stalked mature mulies and with the myriad of things that can and do go wrong killing on with a bow is no small task. Killing one with a bow with another dude sliding around with you as cameraman makes it exponentially more difficult. At the end of the day they got into close range on some mulies with multiple people, not easy to do.
Celebrity hunters walking around with an arrow nocked or drawing a bow with another person in front of them is just wrong. That kind of stuff should be edited out before in goes public. Yes he got the deer but a whole lot more was ugly before the critter was found. To get that excited over a "Dink" mule deer shows just how much hunting the they both have done! "Shot Police"...Give me a break!
I'm not going to judge why he took the shot but why in the hell do you not go directly to where the buck was when you shot, find the arrow and proceed from there...that's Hunting 101! Even if you see the animal fall you should start at the shot and follow up from there. JMHO.... Glad he found him. Kip
The title on this post should have been “ praying in the wind”
Give you a break? If it's out of your comfort zone don't hit the trigger! Plain n simple! Every time someone takes a long poke there's always the " shot police" to talk shit! Yes there are a ton of things I wouldn't have personally done in the video, but I damn sure would HAVE sent that arrow!
Split I don’t think the distance is the issue. Unless you have a lot of practice in the wind 57 yards in a 20mph cross wind creates a ton of drift. I personally don’t know where to hold for that shot, and based off the impact, high and back, it’s hard to say but it looked like liver and maybe gut, the shooter didn’t know either.
The distance was not a problem. The fact that the bow was bouncing around as he released is the problem. It was a "poke and hope" shot.
"Ethics" are how you conduct yourself when nobody is watching. What about when the whole world is watching? He got lucky and thankfully they found the buck.
I have no problem with the distance of the shot. I have a 60 yard pin on my bows & not scared to use it of conditions are right. The only thing good the video had started with a T & ended with Ts. LOL
He may have recovered the buck in 70 yards but only because he got incredibly lucky and took out the femoral artery. Several inches lower and you have a gut shot buck. This based upon the entrance wound upon recovery. Did he spray and pray at any other bucks that day? Only the cameraman knows....Better not berate him like our friend Chris or we might find out! Ha!
Because of the huge variation in abilities, I tend to shy away from judging others decision to shoot. My main issue here is her drawing her bow with him in front of her. I'd hate to see another head shot. It was also a little lame not to see what deer was shot. It was pretty evident his buck didn't run over the hill. I agree, find the arrow 1st, find the blood trail.
"Hey, he got the deer so it's ok"
That's in the running for the Bowsite motto.
I want to thank you fellas for conserving 11 minutes of my life.
I notice it a lot on my Spot-n-Stalk Antelope bucks.
I am a 40 yards or less type guy, and the strong winds for sure cause some 'drift' the farther my arrow fly's.
I am not much of a guess-it-mate type guy on how far in front to aim and release, so I have had to pass on some nice A-bucks because of to strong a cross wind.
Good luck, Robb