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So, I know that some of you here think that it is extremely dangerous to walk/stalk with an arrow nocked - however I learned a lesson on Saturday Evening.

It was getting close to sunset. A buddy and I noticed 4 deer on the ridge just across from us, and this was our last opportunity to bag a deer that night. So, we formulated our plan and started hiking toward the deer. I headed down into the valley keeping my head down and trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. As I headed down into the valley I was getting close to the treeline in the valley and I kept peeking up to keep an eye on where the deer were. It was during one of those peeks that I noticed a nice muley 60 yards from me just watching me. Unfortunately I had been walking without an arrow nocked, and I wasn't ready at all. I immediately stooped down pulled out my rangefinder and ranged him at 60 yards. I pulled an arrow and nocked it, and just about the time I was ready that deer got nervous and fled the scene.

The lesson I learned is that I will be prepared next time. I will walk/stalk/hike with an arrow nocked so I am prepared if that ever happens again.
 

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Yeah, stalking with an arrow nocked is dangerous.
If you keep your presence of mind about you, you'll be fine.
Next time, you wont miss the opportu ity!
 
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