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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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THE LESSON: "If you're stricken with buck fever," said Larry, take a deep breath and focus on a specific spot on the animal's vital zone, not the animal as a whole.
This is a mild form of buck fever, usually cured by practicing with the rifle until its operation becomes reflexive.
A highly visible monster mule deer is the most contagious carrier of buck fever in the world, and if you decide that hunting rutting mulies is on your bucket list, you'll contract it sooner or later.
I can provide new first-time hunters with a stable firing platform that hides all of their buck fever and fidgeting.
Learning to shoot a bow in a way that the shot takes you by surprise is the best medicine I have ever found for buck fever.
I relive my worst case of buck fever almost every time I perch high in a treestand.
Like most new bowhunters, buck fever set in and I rushed a shot--right over his back.
The encounter started with a significant case of buck fever, but I pulled through and managed to shoot him when the oscillations in my knees stopped.
If you think buck fever is bad, just imagine what happens to your heart--and your shooting--when an elephant is bearing down.
Stop that buck without causing alarm, and even your buck fever will have a difficult time spoiling your hunt.
Buck fever can get so bad that a hunter literally shuts down, freezes, and is unable to do anything until an opportunity is long past.
I had plenty of encounters, but they were dominated by rookie mistakes and buck fever, a combination that left me frustrated more often than not.