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    Spot and Stalk

    I was watching a video with Cameron Hanes stalking a mule deer. He gets within 9 yards of the buck and then throws a rock to get the deer to stand up.The buck stands and he nails him. I have tried that 3 different times within 30 yards and they have left their bed running every time. Anyone else tried this?
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    Cameron Haynes is one hard core individual. He is inspiring as well. Bow hunting is a whole different ball game than rifle hunting. I saw the video you mention with Cameron throwing the rock and it was awesome.

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    I have been within a few yards of a deer like that a few times. I have yet to have a buck stand there and just go DUUUUUHHHHH? But the does tend to stand there for a while looking around before they take off. I think Cameron was just dang lucky to get that on camera though!
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    No doubt, every time I have tried that trick and it blew up in my face I was mad as hell. Sometimes if the wind is starting to swirl you have to do something.
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    I never tried a rock, because I have both hands on the gun ready for a running shot. I usually just make a subtle noise to get them moving.

    I saw that show too, and thought it was a strange way to do it. He got lucky.

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    Last year one of the guys in my hunting party got a nice 4x4 rifle hunting in Montana with a similar rock throw. He saw the buck walking in the distance and circled to cut him off. He came up to the draw but could not find him. He thew the rock down in the draw and up poped the buck from his hiding spot and then he poped him. I've never been successful with rocks but I see how it could work. Trouble is, they can bolt and run just as easy as pop up and stand.

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    I would not try this with a whitetail. They have a bad habit of bolting from their bed like Secretariat. If I did this I would make sure I was definitley up wind and would not land the rock between me and the deer as I would not want them to stand and face my direction.

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    I've "rocked" canyons in the Hill Country of Texas for whitetails before and it was very successful at revealing deer, very unsuccessful in giving you a good shot opportunity.

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    I've never done it bowhunting but have many times thrown rocks down canyons to get something to stand up . A few times it has worked for a shot. I've watched that same video. A lucky camera shot for sure !

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    Haven't tried it. Cameron Hanes just got lucky that the buck didn't bolt. I won't try it either


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