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    Do you walk in with an arrow knocked??

    So, it is a big pain in the *** to walk with an arrow knocked. I agree. My stands are looong walks, which makes it even worse. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. A few weeks ago, I was walking in and came upon 2 does that bounded out in front of me, and stopped just long enough that I could have shot if I had an arrow knocked.

    In this case, it didn't matter. The rut activity was Hot, and I wasn't hunting for does that day. I like to leave the does alone until late season.

    Anyway, ... Is it worth HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of uncomfortable walks in and out over years of hunting for that once in a lifetime opportunity that may never come.??

    What do you do?

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    Those rare times that deer present a shot while walking in don't happen enough to justify the pain of walking in with an arrow nocked, let alone the safety concern. I have heard of guys walking in with an arrow nocked and falling over and stabbing themselves. Probably doesn't happen too much but always a possibility. I have walked to a stand hundreds of times in my life, and only once, maybe twice, could I have shot at a deer if I had an arrow nocked. If someone had a whisker buscuit, it may be a little less annoying but you still have to worry about the arrow catching on brush and whatnot.

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    I usually do nock one when I head in during shooting light. Depends on my stand location, the time (if I'm running late) and conditions. I'm more likely to do it if it's windy out, upping the odds that I may get close to a bedded deer.

    FTR, I have a Ripcord rest, so it's pretty easy on me.

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    Yes, my arrow is always nocked when I am in the woods. Obviously, when I'm walking in/out and it's dark, then no, no arrow is nocked. I try to always be prepared to shoot a deer.

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    Right... I didn't think of the buscuit. That would make it somewhat nicer. Still a 2 handed job though. I figure if I am going through the trouble of walking in knocked, I am going to be hooked up to the string also. Then all you have to do is pull and shoot without ever taking your eyes off the deer. The couple times a quick shot presented itself, there would not have been time to put on my release before the shot.

    For me it's two hands on the bow with release attached or arrow in the quiver.
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    yes the 2nd hunt this season I decided to hunt mid day and only a few steps into the forest I saw moment ahead, after a few carefully placed steps I was 20 yards broadside of a small 1 1/2 year old buck. it was tempting to send an arrow at his, as he deserved it with me being able to that, but he's not what I'm after as a hunter. that is one of those rare moments that happens to us as hunters, and yet he could have been a monster 5 year old. You never can tell but it's nice to be prepared.
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    Interesting question - I walk to and from my stand in a creek bed. I walked up on a doe earlier this year standing about 10 yards from me in the creek. Since then I have had an arrow knocked in most cases - especially if I get done hunting and am walking around checking cameras.

    Often times - I have trouble staying on stand past 10 a.m. - so I usually check my cameras on the way back to the truck. In doing so, I Have an arrow knocked just in case.

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    Almost never. The ONLY time is when I am going behind my house after work, I'll nock an arrow cause thte walk is small, and I've walked right up on deer before(never while actually hunting though, I think they know)
    IF I am walking in during daylight hours to a normal hunting place & the rut it on, I will at least have my release on. But that's about it.
    Sometimes, my own mind boggles itself.

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    Nope my bow is in a pole mountain bow shield to protect it from the limbs, sticks, briars, snow and whatever else is lurking out there to disable it. I'm not hunting until I'm in the stand, until then I'm stalking my stand.

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    I don't nock an arrow in the morning because it's pitch black and there's no point. If I go out for an evening hunt (which is rare because I don't get much time for evening hunts) I do nock one, but I also only have 150 yards to walk from my truck to my stand on my property.
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    If it's legal time and I still have a tag I have an arrow knocked. I don't have to go through tangles or thick stuff, walk in on mainly 4 wheeler paths. I've had several instances where I've turned the corner and had deer out. I've never gotten the opportunity, but the one time I'm not ready is when a shot will present itself. I never have it nocked while raising/lowering or climbing up and down ladder stands.
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    In my opinion, if you don't have time or the opportunity (meaning cover to hide behind) to nock an arrow, you don't have time to make an ethical shot.

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    my dad and i were once sitting on a walking trail after a morning hunt taking a breather and talking and had a deer round the corner of the trail only 20yds away. Had i not been sitting on my butt with my climber on and no arrow nocked i would have had a perfect opportunity. So yes now i do nock an arrow sometimes when walking to or from the stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slider46 View Post
    In my opinion, if you don't have time or the opportunity (meaning cover to hide behind) to nock an arrow, you don't have time to make an ethical shot.
    I don't agree with this, but I may not fully understand what you are saying. You don't have to have cover to be ethical, you just have to have a high percentage shot. I've walked up on a few deer, without weapon or when I'm not going to shoot, and they didn't have a clue I was there. I was never in cover or seeked it, I stopped and either stood there or crouched and watched them continue on. It's the ones I'm trying to sneak up on that always bust me out it seems.
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