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buck fever

1. Nervous anticipation and excitement felt by a novice or inexperienced hunter when seeing game (not necessarily deer) for the first time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Calm down, son, and get that buck fever under control or you won't be able to hit the thing!
2. Any feelings of nervous anticipation and excitement felt before a new experience. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I had a bit of buck fever before my first varsity football game.
See also: buck, fever
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A combination of experience and maturity cured that particular form of buck fever.
Your buck fever end game is to know how your bow and arrow will react in all conditions, not just at the indoor range.
Regardless, you discovered yourself in the grips of buck fever because you were distracted by anticipation of the shot.
My buck fever is not limited to deer, and will certainly rear its ugly head when a strutting gobbler approaches my blind or I close the distance on a feeding antelope.
While you may sacrifice 15 to 25 fps in raw speed, you gain an ability to assemble tighter groups at greater range, and also a higher degree of accuracy when buck fever or hypothermia takes a firm grip.
1 killed a doe, missed an eight-pointer, and had the most severe case of buck fever in recorded history when not one but two P&Y bucks showed up at, you guessed it, 9:30.
The massive adrenaline rush buck fever produces has had a devastating effect on my nervous system more times than I care to recall.
I had stopped looking at the antlers during the last 20 yards, but now my nerves and adrenaline had sent buck fever coursing through me.
The quick explanation for such failures would be buck fever, but I think a more accurate explanation might be lost focus.
Their body angles may be awkward as they aim, buck fever sets in and cold muscles are prone to quiver at full draw.
This was fortunate for me--any longer and I'd have had buck fever so bad I wouldn't have been able to draw my bow.
Is this target panic or buck fever, and how do I cure the problem?