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I’ve never really spent much time rifle hunting and wondered if there was anybody else that had killed many more deer with a bow than with a gun?
J. R., Bill Mason strictly bowhunt and have killed a few hundred between them ! I have Bowhunters through the gun season now for many years, I don’t know what my totals are for rifle but I’m in the 135+ range for bowkilled Whitetail ! In no way am I in the League with J.R and Bill , they are in a class by themselves !
I have killed many more with a bow mainly because I hunt in gun season with my bow. I am in the same range as Ron with bow, as I get older I do not care about numbers. I pass up a lot of shots at deer that I don't want to kill. The last several years I hunt with recurve only.
My dad never bowhunted. I remember when he was living Id hunt with him and I remember asking him if he would mind if I used my bow when we hunted during the rifle season.. He looked at me and said "boy I don't care if you hunt sith a switch". Hunting with him was fun and I really miss him. Ever since then I have bowhunted during the rifle season. I like to tuck back in a big old tree where I feel safe and listen to all the guns go off. Sometimes I feel stupid but I'm on my land where no one else hunts so it's not as bad as it sounds.,other than wearing blaze orange there is no difference.,
I haven't hunted with a rifle for 30 years or more. I have hunted with my bow during rifle season and taken several bucks.... and yes, I've taken far more critters with the bow than I ever did with a firearm.
I did take my caplock to FL to hunt pigs once during that time when I was having elbow issues and couldn't draw my bow.
I figured that would probably be the case. There were a few reasons I remember not gun hunting. I started a job 29 years ago and only had 1-week vacation. Even when I got the second week of vacation, I always wanted to spend it bowhunting. Over the years I’ve accumulated more vacation but now I just take off more time in November. As I get older I think I appreciate it more, but the aches and pains make it much tougher. Also as I age, I realize I enjoy watching the deer. I’ve sure spent all of my time this year to watching. Haha
For me it is all about what I enjoy and have more fun with - several years ago I had shoulder issues. I hunted with a compound for a bit - I harvested several nice deer and a bear - which I enjoyed but it just wasn’t as much fun as with my recurve. Worked on getting my should back in shape and it’s just fun to hunt with my recurve. As long as it’s legal and you enjoy what you shoot - I say more power to ya.
Use to gun hunt with my Father, Uncle and a few friends of theirs - it’s not the same without them. I do take my daughter out whenever she is free of whatever sports practices she may be having this time of year - but I just tag along and don’t carry a weapon.
My daughter isn’t a hunter, but my step-daughter absolutely loves hunting. Some of my best memories hunting are watching her shoot her first buck with a bow. I hunted with her this year and she took a nice 7-point. She’s taken several turkey and whitetail with a rifle. She has a daughter now so hunting dropped on the priority list.