Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

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Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby Hanes » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:08 pm

So being new to bowhunting i see many people hunt from hides. Now i personally have done a cull from a hide using a rifle, and found it boring, and regarded it as shooting, not hunting. Now hunting with a bow from a hide. Is it any different?
How would you rate walk and stalk with a rifle, compared to bow hunting from a hide? Which gave you a greater sense of accomplishment?
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Re: Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby Bernhardt » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:07 pm

When I started bowhunting I sat in hide. After taking my first animal feom hide, rifle hunting became boring to me and didn't give me any adrenalin anymore.

W&S with bow -10/10
Hide with bow - 6/10
W&S with rifle - 3/10
Bakkie with rifle - 1/10

That is my opinion


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Re: Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby DanielX » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:38 pm

Haven't successfully walked and stalk with a bow yet.
Rifle Bakkie 2/10
Rifle walk 8/10
Bow hide 4/10 for me, got bored very quick, didn't feel like I was out there,sense of accomplishment felt greater when walked and shot with rifle, rather be walking with a rifle or bow)
Bow walk 8/10 even though I haven't killed anything, so may go up.
In terms of feelings of accomplishment.
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Re: Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby MrBallistic » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:35 am

Haven't done a lot of W&S but those I have and to get that close even if the shot couldn't be taken was awesome for me. I'm not exactly the smallest bloke.

W&S Bow= 10/10
Hide Bow= 6/10

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Re: Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby Dimitri » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:34 pm

Personally, I feel the greatest sense of accomplishment when:
1. I have had to work hard - physically - during the hunt; and/or
2. I have endured the greatest discomfort from the elements; and/or
3. The odds have been stacked against me (e.g. because of game scarcity, open terrain, etc); and/or
4. I get very close to my quarry

The more challenging the hunt the greater my sense of accomplishment.

I've achieved this great sense of accomplishment with rifle, bow, shotgun and crossbow. However, generally speaking, W&S with a bow delivers the greatest sense of accomplishment more consistently for me because it's so darned difficult.

W&S with bow = 10/10 for accomplishment 10/10 hunts
W&S with rifle = 10/10 for accomplishment 8/10 hunts
Hide = 1/10 for accomplishment
Bakkie = 1/10 for accomplishment
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Re: Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby Hanes » Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:27 pm

Thanks for the feedback. I will be joining some friends in the hide and if all goes well may just shoot something IF i feel comfortable taking the shot. The main thing i want to see if bowhunting from a hide is appealing to me as a walk and stalk rifle hunter.
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Re: Hide vs walk & stalk vs rifle

Postby sPRINGHAAS » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:40 am

Hanes wrote:Thanks for the feedback. I will be joining some friends in the hide and if all goes well may just shoot something IF i feel comfortable taking the shot. The main thing i want to see if bowhunting from a hide is appealing to me as a walk and stalk rifle hunter.


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