I did in 1985 with a rifle. He was laying in a thicket that I could see down into from about 15 feet up a tree on a hill over looking the cut over bottom. I had no idea he was bedded down until after I had played it out in my mind with one of my Uncles talking me through it. If the situation was to ever present itself to me now with a bow or firearm, I would wait until the deer stood up. That's just what was imbedded in me after that. Interesting question and thanks for asking.
Yes sir, all day every day. No different than those that chose to shoot them standing in front of a feeder... if you can get close enough to not spook them, you have a leg up on them, and might as well use that to your advantage.
Its not like a turkey on the roost or a game animal impeded by deep water.....but such decisions are up to the game regulations and the internal compass of the individual hunter. Just last night I watched a TV hunting show where a guy shot a mountain goat that was bedded.....and a long shot at that.
Several years ago I was pursuing a particular buck that I had only seen in glimpses at dusk.....just knew from rubs and such that he was pretty nice. Just prior to our firearms opener, I decided to give it one more try and snuck into a thicket along a drainage that he liked. I dug into a clump of trees with my recurve and spied a bedded deer not 75 yards from me. After watching for a time, I decided that I was going to try a sneak and see what happened. Nocking an arrow, I was ready to shoot and wired like a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs at every step. If he didn't stand up, I was fully ready to shoot him lying down......but it never got that far as he was stone cold dead.....got hit by a vehicle and made it to the thicket on sheer will.
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