how do you guys do it?
ive been shooting a bow an arrow of some sort since i was about 5 years old. started with a little yellow longbow and suction cup arrows. the last couple years ive gotten back into it. went out and bought a parker legend ep compound and the whole get up. im not the greatest shot in the world but at 40yds im confident i can make a good kill shot on a deer. ive been laid off since the beghinning of september this year. been out trying my luck since mid-late september and today i think im calling it quits. at least for this year. saw 2 deer i could have taken a shot at and didnt. one was a doe that looked to be this years fawn. the other was a nice buck buck that was about 40yds away but there was a bit of brush in the way and i was comfortable with the shot. that was in early october. about 2 weeks ago now i moved my treestand and the second day in it i saw a small herd of deer(probly 4-6 deer) about 125 yards off. waited a few days and moved my stand over some. this is now up on top a pretty goodsized hill. it was about 25 degrees here this morning when i started trekking up to my stand. being a good walk i only put on a layer of thermal bottems and pants and 2 thermal tops and carried my coveralls and jacket in a backpack. i get on top of the hill by my stand and im sweating pretty good.. and i was not rushing in the slightest. I started climbing the tree (it was a decent sized hickery) the bark wasnt flaking to bad at all so i went on up. i didnt realize hickery bark was so damn hard. the teeth on my climbing treestand were only sinking in mabye 1/4 inch. i goot up about 15 ft and said ---- this and got down. if i wouldnt have been sweating i would have just sat down under a pine tree but with my hair soaked i figured no way so i came home. how do you deal limiting yourself to a 40yd shot max? if id have had a rifle or shotgun id have taken a shot at the buck. jusst seems like you limit yourself so much archery hunting at least for me it almost makes it all but impossible. though all add this is all on heavily hunted state land so the deer are spooky as hell to begin with. sorry for the rant. but this is so frustraiting to me. thanks for listening.