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Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« on: October 26, 2020, 10:37:13 AM »
Went out for the umpteenth time yesterday to 40 acres of private land that I hunt.  I had tagged out by this time in Ď18 and Ď19 with two nice forkies I took by surprise in at about 40 yards.  Yesterday could have been the third.  I jumped him out of his bed, snorting and stomping.  Got him to come back around by rattling antlers.  I couldnít see him clearly in the dense brush he was standing in and the sun was behind him.  When I stopped rattling the antlers and picked up my rifle (I guess I need four hands!) I saw his head move up out of brush at just 35 yards where he had been staring at me.  He bolted of course 😩

Since the last two bucks I encountered never lived come back around, what do you suppose the odds are that Iíll encounter this guy in the next 10 days again (Iím in NW Oregon for general season). I hear that they tend to make themselves scarce after this kind of encounter.

Also, any ďblundered opportunityĒ tales posted here are quite welcome! LOLÖ

Photo is of my first buck in 2018

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 12:24:33 PM »
So it goes. Nice buck from last season, though.  :tup:
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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 12:54:20 PM »
Depends on how old he was. My experience, younger whitetails(Whitetails in general really) are very curious so you should be good for another go.  Iíve had the same situation happen with a hunting partner and he(the shooter) was able to make contact the following day.

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 02:40:42 PM »
I imagine he will probably be around. Hopefully you get lucky and find his papa with the rut kicking into high gear shortly.

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 03:36:36 PM »
No shot so you really didn't do anything to run him permanently out of your area.  At most you were an annoyance. I'd keep hunting the same spot but maybe with a different approach if you can? 

Seeing many does in the area? That would definitely keep him in the area. The rut is definitely starting here on the coast of Washington.  Was out at Ocean Shores Yesterday and saw two big fork horns tending a couple does and running off the other 6 bucks that were right there. Curiously there was another doe there that all the bucks were ignoring. Leading me to believe the rut is just getting going. Saw quite a few other does in the area that weren't getting any attention from the bucks.  The biggest of the bucks was guarding a hot doe and may have already bred her as when we showed up he was breathing very hard and had slobber hanging from his chin.  The doe he was tending had bedded between a house and a Rhodadenderon bush. He pushed his way in and was standing over her making sure nobody else got near. If I can get the photos off my phone I'll post one or two.
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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2020, 07:42:06 PM »
I don't believe an encounter like that would blow that buck out. Might be a bit cautious or educated, but that will be offset by hormones and territoriality. That's just my opinion though!

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2020, 08:24:42 PM »
 :yeah:v He may not respond to rattling again this year, or perhaps ever if he knew it was you rattling.  Otherwise, stay right there and try a grunt tube maybe.
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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2020, 08:41:33 PM »
It's possible or try some other property you may get permission from near by he may go there?
But either way give him a day or two if you can he may come back around?
Nice other deers though belated grats. :chuckle:
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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2020, 09:16:36 AM »
As another commented, they are curious and they come back. Hope you got him if not next year!

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2020, 10:30:09 AM »
Depends on how old he was. My experience, younger whitetails(Whitetails in general really) are very curious so you should be good for another go.  Iíve had the same situation happen with a hunting partner and he(the shooter) was able to make contact the following day.

Not sure how curious they are.  Iíve only hunted Blacktails so far so Iíve nothing to compare!  All that aside though, Iíd say this one was more warily suspicious than ďcuriousĒ.

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2020, 10:44:32 AM »
Last year I took a shot at one( blacktail), and missed by a mile or so (sighting in my rifle afterwards educated me to the fact that I must have banged up the scope while in the woods because I wasn't even on paper any more!), and another one (whitetail) last year caught me lifting my rifle and ran like hell.  Haven't seen hide nor hair of either of those deer.  Doesn't mean they didn't see me though.  It isn't very often that I don't relive those two moments this year, hopefully to learn from my mistakes.  Hope to make good on a shot this year...haven't seen anything to shoot at yet, but I have only seen and shot deer during the late buck. 

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Re: Didnít see him staring at me....until it was too late
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2020, 11:36:18 AM »
You asked for a blundered opportunity story so here it is but with a good ending that maybe will give you hope.
2018 I was hunting a clearcut  that I had seen a lot of sign in and had luck there in previous years. About the fifth day of season  I snuck up a ridge and intersected a road in the middle of the unit. I walked by an extremely brushy (4 foot high, thick hemlocks) triangle on the edge of a drop off. I came to the end of the road and as I walked back, there in the triangle was a doe and the biggest buck I had ever had the opportunity at. Trouble was he was walking straight away from me and he was going downhill so the only shot was his head. I shot off my shooting sticks so I had a good rest. Over his back at his head three times and missed every shot before he went over the hill and out of sight.
I was sick. Probably the biggest buck I would ever get a chance at and I blew it. I assumed I shot high but later on I went to the range and fired a few shots and some how I was three inches to the right . 2 inches high which is normal. I decide to just center it instead of leaving it high  and thought to my self I will go out tomorrow and see a buck at 300 yards.
The next day I was waiting at the bottom of that same clearcut for it to get light. As it started to get light I looked up on the hill and at about 300 yards there was that very same buck only this time he was broadside. One shot and I had him.
There is hope to see that buck again. Hope you get him. Here's the guy I had a second chance at.



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