I just figured out my "biggest hunting mistake". I did not buy a hunting license the first year Arizona started bonus points back around 1990. I was in my mid twenties and wanted to save a few bucks. Had I bought that license that one year, I would have drawn my antelope tag 10 years earlier, been in the thick of the drawing for some of the best desert sheep tags in the world, and I would have been chasing some of the best early rifle elk tags. I've bought the license every year since then. Fortunately deer points came later when I was on board.
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One of my biggest was while out whitetail hunting, had a monster buck come in to 33yards, brought my bow to full draw when he was behind brush. Had to wait 5 minutes for him to finally step out and when he did my muscles were shaking (mostly adrenaline). I thought i was good so i took the shot. tracked him for hours that night and finally found him the next day. As it turned out i hit him in the rump, i learned to practice holding the bow back for longer than what you ever plan to when out in the field.
Nice buck OHbckhntr!! And good point about practicing on holding your draw.
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Thank you! He is my biggest yet and scores 163 4/8"
Trusting a caribou hunt to a Bushnell rangefinder..... Enough said. Watched a nice bull walk. He was in my effective range; but me and my hunting partner couldn't agree on a range.
My biggest hunting mistake was starting to apply for several out of state tags years ago that I'll never draw in my lifetime. Somehow thinking all those trophy pics I see in the mags would be me if I just kept dumping money into every western states draw system thinking eventually I would draw... apply, apply, apply, was the motto. Now several years later and thousands down the tubes I've figured out I'll never draw those tags and am backing down all my out of state applications guaranteeing the money was just a waste. No doubt this used to be the way to get great tags and take some awesome animals. I suppose in some rare situations it still works.
I'm not that old but my advise to the younger ones is don't think a golden ticket tag is the only way to take great trophies out west. Hunt more, hunt hard, hunt the same units over and over and stick with units you can draw every couple years or so. After applying in all these states for several years, I still haven't drawn any great tags but have managed to kill some nice trophies right here in the state I reside in unguided, DIY, on tags that didn't cost me one of my paychecks!
Good stories guys......So many dumb mistakes I've made over the years but here's a couple.
Similar to someone elses story, my buddy and I got into a group of elk and we each knocked one down (down but apparently not dead). We went over and checked on his first where we both put our guns down. Then went to get mine and I went back to where I had shot, maybe 50 yards or so as we were in some pretty thick pjs, I pointed my buddy to where the cow was laying and she was there but got up when he was just feet away, scared the crap out of him. Then he told me to shoot....ooops. I told him to shoot....ooops. She didnt leave much of a blood trail and we never did find her. Always keep an eye on the animal until you confirm its dead.
Also brought two guns to camp, one morning we drove 30 minutes to get to our area we planned to hunt when I realized I brought the wrong bullets. I ended up just being extra eyes that morning, glad I didn't see the big one. My buddies never let me forget that one.
....and I never let one of them forget riding the atvs to the trail head only for him to realize he was still wearing his slippers.
then there was the shotgun I leaned against the front of the truck, got in and drove 2 1/2 hours home.....then 2 1/2 back....then 2 1/2 home. Gun was there and undamaged.
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