Chasing deer in the snow

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  1. StinkyMatt

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    Man, this season has been full of learning. New to hunting and learning something new every day.

    In rifle hunting some guys love to follow new deer tracks in the snow , jump a deer and shoot it as it attempts to run away. Some great bucks are taken in this way.

    Can this be done with archery? I absolutely love the stalk/ track/ follow aspect of being in the wood. Would the relatively limited range of my equipment ( 40 yards) prevent me from doing this type of a hunt?

    Chime in if you do this or tried it or can offer any advice.

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    Don't do it.
     
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    Key word being "running." No.
     
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    Wouldn't recommend it. When season is closed or I'm done. I'll walk the woods after fresh snow to try to follow big sets of tracks just to learn and possibly find new places to setup.


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    We stalk bedded deer here in Kansas and it can be a challenge. In the snow? Put on a white suit and give it a try. The worst that will happen is you learn where deer travel late season and where they bed. Might find a good stand site. I would warn again shooting at running deer. But you never know what you may walk up on.
     
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    I'd never recommend shooting at a running deer with a bow. Those clean broadside standing still shots will always be preferred. I'd rather not wound a deer even if I did get lucky and hit it. Wouldn't recommend it!
     
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    Yeah like the others said about jumping deer and shooting them when they are on alert, however tracking into the wind if you can get a shot at a standing deer (and it can happen) go ahead and take it.
     
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    Yeah, about what I was thinking. Being able to sneak up on a deer while walking around in the woods........just a tad difficult.

    I would never try to shoot a running away deer with my bow.....million to one I would miss anyways.



    Just wanted to know if there are hunting techniques that I dont know about.


    Anyways, back to sitting still and trying to look like a bush or a log.
     
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    I'll add that my comment was directed strictly in response to shooting at a running target. As for stalking, go for it. It can be done. Even if you're not in open terrain where glassing and stalking is common. Here on the east coast, we have a lot of terrain changes and with that come plenty of opportunity to sneak through and still hunt. Definitely much more challenging and you still have to be very mindful of the wind, but it's definitely a fun change of pace.
     
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