• One of my most memorable hunts ended with a cloud of dust and no arrow released. Once I had a doe and fawn walk right by me. The fawn even sniffed at my pant leg. I continued to stalk the buck they were with and ended up in the middle of three bucks – I was focused on a nice bedded three point when a forky got up to start feeding again at only 4 yards. He stood with his back to me, so I melted back to the ground. Eventually the bigger buck stood, and I drew – a 15 yard shot, but a doe stood directly behind him. I waited for him to clear, but he knew something wasn’t right and bounded away for no apparent reason. That was one of the most intense hunts I’d been on – and it hooked me on stalking mule deer.

    • SoleAdventure

      Great story, Tom! A lot of people around here think that hunting from the ground is a waste of time. And though it is difficult (especially if you are after whitetail with a bow), I still think it is a valid method.

  • I had a very similar experience with a doe on my first day bowhunting. I’ve made light of it (probably too light really) in my post (http://fairgamehunting.com) but it was amazing being on the ground, and staying so still, and have her wander toward me… I almost felt like I shouldn’t take the shot, as she had given me such a great experience. I didn’t, in the end, and I’m really happy I just loved being out there. I’m with you – hunting on the ground, with a bow, is exhilarating (except if they’re not around, in which case just being out there feels good).

  • Love this post, Mark. I know a lot of people who should read this and truly think about it. Great decision making and love your take on why you are hunting. Makes me want to get back in the woods right away and hunt from the ground. Love it!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Al! I’m loving your series from your CO elk hunt!

  • SoleAdventure

    Thanks for sharing the link, I would love to go read about your experience. Good luck with the rest of your season!

    • Thanks! It’s a bit light-hearted given how it really felt and affected me, maybe I should do something about that in future posts. And good luck with your season too! I’m pretty excited about it :)

  • Scott Lessard

    It’s not even about what you kill, or how you kill it, but that you were out there in the first place. I often blog about my hunts, and how much I enjoy hunting, even when there is no kill. It’s about the process, and the people with whom you do it.
    http://scottlessard.blogspot.com/search/label/Hunting
    SL

  • Yani

    The journey we choose is the essence of our life and by this we define our being. I like your post!

  • Jordan

    I record most of my hunts in story form and plan to publish a book someday, and it’s just fun to record and share my experiences. As I hunt I’m always thinking “will this make a good story?” or I write the story in my head as I’m going. The stories I love to tell are the ones that end with a good lesson learned, or an exciting, unique encounter. They often don’t end with a filled tag. I live for the story, and sometimes the story is several chapters or volumes long before it ends with a filled tag!