Ghost Blind kill: that didn't take long...

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 7,408 Senior Member

I set up tonight on the same farm I've been hunting the past few times. Again, the Ghost Blind made the most sense given the time (or lack thereof). I got right back in the same corner that I filmed previously, but switched sides due to the prevailing wind. Sure enough, about 30 minutes before the end of legal light, a yearling doe comes out. Now, I've been letting the junior bucks walk, but a yearling doe is fair game.

She came in unaware, but the second the ReplayXD vibrated to let me know it was recording the video, she heard it in the light wind and perked right up. My general area was the center of attention the rest of the time, but she never did figure me out or get spooked. When she finally stopped head popping every few seconds and went back to eating, I drew and scored a good, solid hit at 20 yards, slightly quartering.

She only went about 100 yards back into the woods, and the longest part of the tracking job was waiting for my landowner to get a hold of the neighbor so I could cut through their land and go retrieve the deer.

Yeah...this thing works.

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Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,140 Senior Member
    Video won't play for me.

    I'm kinda thinking of getting one of these for coyote hunting.

    ETA: Nevermind it played. Good video. The blind seems effective.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Sorry about that. It needed to finish processing: it's viewable now - I just checked.

    I will be testing it on coyotes as soon as I score my next and final deer allowed in this county. I will let you know how it works.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 11,032 Senior Member
    Very cool video, thanks.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,351 Senior Member
    So you were in a Ghost Blind shooting stuff. Does that make you a Ghost Sniper?
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,778 Senior Member
    Good shot!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Good shot!

    Thanks!

    Timing was the toughest part. Once she heard that damned vibration from the camera, I was getting "spot checked" every few seconds for quite a while. You can see that I was about to draw at one point and had to wait because she was cueing in. Once I was at full draw, it was all over at that range.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,467 Senior Member
    Well Done!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Thanks again, guys! I don't know how loud you have your volume up when you guys watched, but if it's up loud enough at the shot, you can hear the sound of a the arrow impacting the deer. For those of you who have never bow hunted, a solid ribcage hit makes a good thump much like a good bullet strike will. It's something you will start to listen for the more you bowhunt.
    cpj wrote: »
    That was an awesome hunt amigo. :up:


    I've GOT to get back into bow hunting. I haven't done it in probably 10 years now. I really, really enjoyed it. Like I've said the past few years....maybe next year.

    It's one of those tags that's so hard to justify when you live in a rifle state. In Nebraska, you only got 2 chances at a buck all year, and if you bought an archery tag, you burned one of those chances. I hesitated because I was not at all confident that I could get within archery range of a deer on public land. I hunted the rifle and muzzleloader seasons exclusively as a result. That changed when we discovered a tough-to-access stretch of public land that required a boat AND was archery only. We had it all to ourselves.

    You, my friend have PRIVATE land, and that's a whole different kind of awesome for bow hunters. That's the same situation I'm in now and exactly why I've had deer come out every night I've been out here. You need to just buy the damned tag and go for it. Once you get that first archery kill in a long time, you won't regret the decision.

    Oh, and be sure you make the windows in that new shoot house of yours tall enough to accommodate an archery shot for the height of your bow!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,737 Senior Member
    Awesome. Patience is more than a virtue under those circumstances and you showed plenty of it.

    I wonder if they ship to Kiwiland???
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Oh, yes - I've held a Black Widow. Couldn't shoot it on account of being lefty, but the quality is obvious in the hand.

    I didn't realize your bow was that old, and I have to agree that throwing money at it is pointless. Yeah, starting up from scratch this year wouldn't make much sense. I practice over the Summer to make sure I'm in shooting form for the season and wouldn't suggest that you do it differently. But, you can start piecing it together and practicing as soon as the funds allow for it. Definitely get the bow first (after trying several in person) followed by the sights and arrows, but the rest of the stuff you can get over the course of months, if needed.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    Awesome. Patience is more than a virtue under those circumstances and you showed plenty of it.

    I wonder if they ship to Kiwiland???

    Thanks and yes, as I told Zee, timing was everything. The video cuts the whole encounter roughly in half, as the actual time lapsed during it was just over 6 minutes.

    I believe they do ship Ghost Blinds overseas, or at least that general area of the Pacific, because I swear I read a review from a guy in neighboring Australia. I can only *imagine* what you could pull off in your woods with one of these setups! The more convoluted the foreground earth is, the better. Their promo does a good job of demonstrating why:
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    What's this evil you speak of?
    Sights go on bows with wheels. :tooth:

    And the nice thing is, the BW factory is about 30 minutes from me. They have LOTS of bows hanging up for you to try. I may have aledgedly shot 5-6 different ones last time I was there "working".....
    Depending on the package you get, you could buy one (like the Infinite Edge) that has passable accessories to get you going and then upgrade the supporting cast of parts as you go.

    Yeah, and getting to shoot that bow at wor...I mean inspect those fire supression systems had to be awesome.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Seems to me like it was the guy behind the blind that did the killing.

    Congradulations!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Much appreciated, early.

    The only crappy part of this whole deal is that I have to pay for processing. I have everything I need to do it at home, but I'm literally in Chicago right now on a plane departing for Bozeman, MT to hunt deer/speedgoats shortly. Given my piss poor choice of days to take a shot, I had no choice but to drop this one at the butcher!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    :up:
    Jerry

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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 6,552 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Much appreciated, early.

    The only crappy part of this whole deal is that I have to pay for processing. I have everything I need to do it at home, but I'm literally in Chicago right now on a plane departing for Bozeman, MT to hunt deer/speedgoats shortly. Given my piss poor choice of days to take a shot, I had no choice but to drop this one at the butcher!

    And somehow you want us to feel bad for you????

    Nice shot
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  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 1,618 Senior Member
    There's a couple of good video's on you-tube on how to make your own ghost blind and say a bunch of $$$$. I have the smaller ghost blind and it's too short unless I sit on the ground. I started bow hunting this year after 25 years. I have a few ideas for updated ghost blinds for next years bow season which I'll build my own to meet my requirements!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfcedpoBDbk
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Jeff - that's the nice thing about the Predator model that I am using. It's tall enough for a shorter guy like me to sit in a field chair and use, and it can be extended in height to work for a taller guy. Regardless, let us know what you come up with on your build.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Those reflector blinds don't necessarily need to totally conceal you- - - -just break up the profile that deer or other game recognize as human. A pair of feet visible under the bottom edge of a reflector probably won't trigger a flight response- - - -and might make an animal curious enough to come closer for a better look.
    Jerry
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    And somehow you want us to feel bad for you????

    Nice shot

    Hah! It's gonna be chilly out here! Seriously though, it should be a fun, low stress hunt since we're not in peak opportunity periods for either season. We'll likely just take what we get and go fish or bird hunt. That's how it went last year and we had a blast.
    Teach wrote: »
    Those reflector blinds don't necessarily need to totally conceal you- - - -just break up the profile that deer or other game recognize as human. A pair of feet visible under the bottom edge of a reflector probably won't trigger a flight response- - - -and might make an animal curious enough to come closer for a better look.
    Jerry

    This is true. What you speak of is exactly why you can dodge around in those shooting slots to some degree without the animal caring much, if at all. With a gun, the profile changes are even less obtrusive since almost nothing protrudes over the top edge of the blind.

    For those looking to buy or build one of these things, I have a word of advice if you plan to bowhunt with it: sit sideways. For instance, being a lefty shooter, I sit on the right edge of the blind with chair facing the left edge. You would think that being centered would be a good thing behind something like this, but I don't find that to be the case at all. You get much more room with your arrow nocked if you sit on the opposite side of your dominant/shooting hand. This also gives you more articulation in the direction that you can turn easiest making it less likely that you won't be able to turn enought to take a shot.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,231 Senior Member
    Nice Hunt - Congrats!:beer:
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