My first deer!


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CZsp01
October 20, 2012, 03:40 PM
Today was opening day for firearms in Georgia. I was so excited I couldnt get any sleep last night.

I got in my stand at 6:00am, dozing on and off. At 8:10 I hear rustling so I hit the grunt tube and out comes a deer. I got so excited I must of moved around a lot because he looked straight at me. I sat still for about 3 min as he got closer and presented a shot. He stumbled 30 yards and collapsed. I was pretty scared to even approach it to see what I had done.. I built up courage and saw in laying in a pool of blood. My sidearm drawn, just in case. I nudged it with my foot and blood squirted out, I nearly fell backwards. :uhoh:

Note that this was my first shot ever on a deer. Let alone my first time tracking and field dressing.

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Texan Scott
October 20, 2012, 05:04 PM
Congratulations! What'd you shoot him with?

heeler
October 20, 2012, 05:11 PM
Well at least you DID field dress him instead of the "I am to good to do it, let someone else do it" that I deal with commonly on a corporate ranch.
Glad you got your first deer.

CZsp01
October 20, 2012, 07:02 PM
Tikka t3 .308

I'm proud of myself :)

1911 guy
October 20, 2012, 08:23 PM
Nice looking spike. Did you smell that musky smell when you dressed him out? They smell like that on the hoof, too. When the wind blows right, you'll be able to smell a deer in the woods now.

And last but not least, congrats on your first deer!

jbkebert
October 20, 2012, 10:33 PM
Congrats on your first deer man. Nice job

22-rimfire
October 21, 2012, 12:00 AM
What kind of range? Congratulations. First blood is memorable. Hold onto your feelings and remember. It will not be the same again, still good, but not the same.

You worried about it getting up a charging you? :D

CZsp01
October 21, 2012, 12:23 AM
Thanks everyone! I was convinced that a deer shot right would drt especially with a 165gr 308. When it ran away I assumed it was a bad shot, so I brought my username with me. I still have a lot to learn!

The smell was not all that bad. I was in a 16' ladder stand, distance was 40 yards. I went bac
k to the gut pile after 2 hours and saw 6 buzzards and a hawk. Thought that was neat. Circle of life!

countertop
October 21, 2012, 01:04 AM
Thanks everyone! I was convinced that a deer shot right would drt especially with a 165gr 308. When it ran away I assumed it was a bad shot, so I brought my username with me. I still have a lot to learn!

The smell was not all that bad. I was in a 16' ladder stand, distance was 40 yards. I went bac
k to the gut pile after 2 hours and saw 6 buzzards and a hawk. Thought that was neat. Circle of life!
Nothing gets wasted. Ever.

Congrats on the deer. Good shot!

303tom
October 21, 2012, 01:53 AM
Congrats, Good Shooting, Nice little Buck................

wyohome
October 21, 2012, 02:20 AM
More Americans are killed by deer each year than by any other large American mammal, including bears, cougars and wolves. A study for the insurance industry estimated that deer kill 150 people a year... :D

rodensouth
October 21, 2012, 04:04 PM
Great job with number one! I guess you got that Tikka ready in time for the hunt after all.

You will never forget the first. Mine was 27 years ago when I was 13, and it is one of the most vivid memories I have.

blarby
October 21, 2012, 05:36 PM
Nicely done.

Good work !

MCgunner
October 21, 2012, 07:20 PM
Congrats. Now, the work begins. :D Soak 'em on ice water for a few days to bleed the meat out, then get to butcherin'. :D

I remember my first one. I'm glad my grandpa was there to help. http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/lachen/laughing-smiley-001.gif

Patocazador
October 21, 2012, 08:59 PM
Congratulations! How old are you? I didn't kill my first deer until I was 26. I'm almost 70 now and have well over 100 in the plus column. Lots of good fun and good eating are in store for you.

Keep it up.

CZsp01
October 21, 2012, 09:29 PM
Thanks again everyone. I'm 27, my family used to hunt but there was a hunting accident when I was a kid. My uncle was shot in the face due to low flying bird by a family friend.

After ten minutes of shooting the deer my brain froze and didn't know what to do next haha. Then I rememberrd to find the point of impact and look for blood trail. After 15 yards I lost the trail but saw the deer 20 yards away.

I wanted to butcher my own deer but I'm going out of town tomorrow am. Plus, the processor is known for his sausages. Tried it today and it was amazing.!

My goal was to shoot skin process and bring to the dining table all on my own. Still a humbling experience..

MCgunner
October 21, 2012, 09:58 PM
Get a good meat grinder in the future if you really get into it and start stuffing your own. I grind most of my venison anymore, all, but the back straps and tenderloins unless I wanna jerk some and some of the grind goes to chili. I love me some chili and so does the rest of the family. I stuff a lot of sausage. It keeps me out of trouble and the wife appreciates the good eats. :D

My first one was at age 11. That was 49 years ago just doing the math. Seems like yesterday when I relive it. You never will forget most of the details. :D All the ones since are kinda a blur. I really prefer bird hunting, but I shoot my share of venison and hogs. I grew up with it.

CZsp01
October 21, 2012, 11:14 PM
Get a good meat grinder in the future if you really get into it and start stuffing your own. I grind most of my venison anymore, all, but the back straps and tenderloins unless I wanna jerk some and some of the grind goes to chili. I love me some chili and so does the rest of the family. I stuff a lot of sausage. It keeps me out of trouble and the wife appreciates the good eats.

My first one was at age 11. That was 49 years ago just doing the math. Seems like yesterday when I relive it. You never will forget most of the details. All the ones since are kinda a blur. I really prefer bird hunting, but I shoot my share of venison and hogs. I grew up with it.

Great idea, although it was good I thought what it would taste like putting maple syrup or brown sugar in it to make it hot n sweet!

CZsp01
October 21, 2012, 11:22 PM
My Tikka is still shooting 3" groups at 100 yards even with 4 different types of ammo. Re tightened mount/rings, and action screws. I'm just going to assume its user error. On that note, I just ordered a savage in 243!

courtgreene
October 22, 2012, 12:01 AM
3" may frustrate you, but as you now know it's good enough as long as you know the range of the deer and keep your aim in the middle of the vitals. 3 " up, down, left or right is within the kill zone.
I wish our gun season started as early as y'all's. it gets frustrating having to let them walk because they are out of bow range when you know you could tag them with a rifle easily.

rodensouth
October 22, 2012, 12:26 AM
If you don't have an accurate, scoped 22, get one soon! Go to the range and get settled in with the 22, until groups are nice and tight. Then put 1 round down range with the center fire.

Let the center fire cool while you plink and concentrate on trigger press for at least 20 rounds with the 22. Then shoot your center fire again at its target. Repeat this for a 3-5 shot group.

Shooting a 22 at 100 yards will teach you a lot about trigger control, follow through, and consistency of cheek weld and hold on rifle. It will also help you work out that flinch I suspect your having, at least it did for me. Also, dry firing your rifle a lot between shots( the center fire ) will help with flinching. When the rifle goes off you should see the scope coming back at your face, it will take a while to get that to happen EVERY time.

Three inches at 100 isn't bad with factory ammo if your relatively new to the task IMHO.

Sorry for the thread veer.

Bush Pilot
October 22, 2012, 02:32 AM
More Americans are killed by deer each year than by any other large American mammal, including bears, cougars and wolves. A study for the insurance industry estimated that deer kill 150 people a year... :D
Just how many people are killed by wolves every year that they would even be included on that list?

heeler
October 22, 2012, 10:15 AM
Try letting another shooter fire your rifle to see how it groups with them firing it.
3" inch groups may be "good enough" for some but practically ever rifle I have owned over the last 40 years will easily hold 1.5" groups or better with factory ammo.
Again congrats on your first deer.

WayBeau
October 22, 2012, 04:46 PM
Try letting another shooter fire your rifle to see how it groups with them firing it.
3" inch groups may be "good enough" for some but practically ever rifle I have owned over the last 40 years will easily hold 1.5" groups or better with factory ammo.
Again congrats on your first deer.

100% agree. Every year my father-in-law and I go out at least once before season and shoot the other one's rifle to make sure that they're truly zeroed in. That way, when we do miss we can't blame the weapon. 3" might be 'minute-of-deer', but I'd definitely be out there trying to get much better groups on those off days when you have the time to get to the range. Also, I'd find the one type of round that your rifle 'likes' and get it shooting really well with that one.

Congrats on the deer. I remember every minute of the first time I killed one (though I'd like to forget some of those minutes;)).

03Shadowbob
October 22, 2012, 06:51 PM
Great job!

CZsp01
October 23, 2012, 10:00 AM
I have a rem 710 .22 that I shoot almost every time I go out. I can carve out the red bullseye at 40 yards! A lot of fun to shoot! :D Sounds like a good idea to practice on the 22 while the 308 cools.

I'm going to also try putting the scope on the 243 when it arrives and see if its the scope or not.

Its hard to find members at my lease. The one time the president was there he had ME shoot his ML to see if it was on lol. So, heres my offer to THR in GA. Breakfast, lunch on me! Theres a 9 acre lake with some big bass that we can fish in the AM.

Gregaw
October 24, 2012, 04:04 PM
Congrats, and great job!

The deer not dropping dead instantly is no sure indication of a bad shot! I just shot a very similar deer through the heart at 35 yards last weekend with a .45cal 250gn SST moving at over 1900fps (muzzleloader). He went about 35 yards. He actually fell dead about 5 feet from the tree I was in! :)

I've not killed nearly as many deer as a lot of people, but in my experience a heart shot will still allow the deer to go 30-100 yards (normally about 10 seconds) just depends how fast they run. Lung shots they get a few minutes sometimes and can go much farther, but that's still a good shot. Nothing wrong with a tracking, but I avoid it when I can! The only DRT shots I've personally seen are when the bullet or chunks of bone (from ribs or legs deflect into the spine and shut down the central nervous system. Most people don't recomend shooting for the spine or head though. That's been my experience anyway with shotguns, muzzleloaders, and bows since that's what we can user in the MidWestern states that I've hunted.

MCgunner
October 24, 2012, 04:40 PM
Great idea, although it was good I thought what it would taste like putting maple syrup or brown sugar in it to make it hot n sweet!

Last year, my wife and I were sitting in the kitchen and she read a maple syrup recipe out of a magazine for breakfast sausage. It was WONDERFUL. I want to try stuffing some of that for the smoker. :D

Lennyjoe
October 25, 2012, 09:03 AM
Great job on the harvest. Will make for some fine steaks on the grill too.

My daughter is a top notch deer slayer with her Savage .243! That rifle knocks them down every time.

Where abouts in Georgia are you? I hunted down around Valdosta for years. Mosquito's are a bitch but after I got a Bug Tamer, they weren't so bad.

Enjoy.

CZsp01
October 25, 2012, 09:42 AM
Lennyjoe, my lease is in Baldwin co. Milledgville GA.

Gregaw, thanks for that info!

MCgunner, now your just tempting me to try. I picked up my deer from the processor and got 10 lbs of sausage(not in casing)

jrdolall
October 25, 2012, 10:49 AM
Fine deer and a great trophy! I imagine there will be a lot more where this one came from as I have killed many nice deer in Central GA.
I never cared for the GA hunting season because it was 100 during archery season. I hunt almost exclusively in AL now and like our season better.
Don't worry about the deer running 40 yards or even 100 yards. I have made seemingly perfect shots and had the deer run 150 yds downhill into a swamp. A whitetail can cover a lot of ground in 10 seconds at high speed.

MCgunner
October 25, 2012, 11:12 AM
Great job on the harvest. Will make for some fine steaks on the grill too.

Uh? If you want to eat boot leather and have to cut it with a chain saw. I've never found venison worth a toot to grill, not any fat in it, know there are recipes, but it can be tough even pan fried. That's why I just grind most of it except the backstraps and the tenderloin. The rump makes for a decent roast in the crock pot, though.

Venison must be added to pork for sausage. Now, wild hogs, there's ya some good BBQ! Especially true if they've fattened up on some farmer's corn.

Sav .250
October 25, 2012, 11:41 AM
No matter how many you may or may not shoot in the future, this one will always be the best.

Eb1
October 25, 2012, 12:14 PM
Great job. You will learn to clean the on their side, and not have to gut them. About the smell... Just don't shoot one in the stomach. Lol

brainwake
October 25, 2012, 12:16 PM
Congratz!

The first one is such a rush. I remember thinking how relaxing hunting was...until I shot my first deer....which happened to be a trophy buck.(just lucky)...then I was like..relaxing? I think my heart is about to jump out of my chest and take off hopping through the woods....



Now I crave both the solitude and peacefullness and the rush of a kill.....it's quite a roller coaster of wonder and excitement.

Fatdaddy
October 25, 2012, 01:11 PM
Congrats on your first.
I wouldn't worry too much about your 3" groups, that's pretty typical unless you have a really good rest.

BP Hunter
October 25, 2012, 06:31 PM
COngratulations! You always remember your first deer!!

Did you know that it is a tradition to eat the heart of your first kill?:p:D

22-rimfire
October 26, 2012, 09:49 AM
One of the things I do is keep a journal. It is not "dear diary" thing, but I record the day or weeks events frequently. On something like a deer, you need to do the writing quickly so you capture some of the enthusaism rather than just distilling it down to important details; date & time, distance, gun & caliber, location, etc. What you write depends on you and you may find it interesting years from now. You'll relive it every time you read the text. If done in a traditional software program, you can even insert pictures which is pretty darn cool. Good stuff!

CZsp01
October 26, 2012, 11:28 AM
Thank you all for being so supportive! I havnt seen one smart comment like, "He would've been a good un next year." haha

Are you supposed to eat the heart raw? Ive also been told that your supposed to wipe blood on your face with your first kill.

627PCFan
October 26, 2012, 11:50 AM
Yes blood on the face, then go to your local Trader Joes to get additional food supplies :evil: Congrats on the nice deer :)

brainwake
October 26, 2012, 12:14 PM
Every hunter tries to get the young hunter to do something gross even though they didn't actually do it themselves...LOL....thats the real tradition.



I don't suggest eating a raw heart, unless you plan on vomitting up everywhere while all of the old guys have a good laugh.


The tradition that I use, is to thank the deer for his meat in a quick prayer.

Bush Pilot
October 27, 2012, 01:36 AM
Thank you all for being so supportive! I havnt seen one smart comment like, "He would've been a good un next year." haha

Are you supposed to eat the heart raw? Ive also been told that your supposed to wipe blood on your face with your first kill.
Yeah, you should have eaten the heart raw and rubbed blood all over your body. Dancing nude in the dark is another tradition. It's not too late to go to the store and buy a liver and take some posed pictures, we can pretend it's another deer.

jrdolall
October 27, 2012, 10:04 AM
Our tradition is to rub blood on the face. Nothing disgusting, just a couple of fingers like war paint.
Every deer you kill in your entire life would have been "A good one next year". Unless he was already 8 years old and I have killed maybe 2 of those in my life. A trophy is in the eye of the beholder so a spike that I would NOT shoot is a great kill for a new hunter or a meat hunter. My oldest son killed a 5 point for his first deer and my youngest killed a doe. Both were proud moments. The only time I get upset is when someone who has been hunting a long time shoots a young buck and had the chance to shoot a doe instead. We have a lot of deer around here so I like to at least let them get to 3 years old. That only works because I own the land and can control, to a degree, what we shoot.

janobles14
October 28, 2012, 12:51 AM
I built up courage and saw in laying in a pool of blood. My sidearm drawn, just in case. I nudged it with my foot and blood squirted out, I nearly fell backwards.


sigh...i remember these days! for me it was when i started hunting alone at 18 or so. i literally almost peed myself as i approached my first solo kill! congrats brother! this will be the first of many and they dont ever get any less exciting!

ScrapMetalSlug
November 8, 2012, 07:06 PM
Uh? If you want to eat boot leather and have to cut it with a chain saw. I've never found venison worth a toot to grill, not any fat in it, know there are recipes, but it can be tough even pan fried.

MC, it sounds like you are over cooking your deer steaks. They cook much faster than beef or anything else with more fat. I grill or pan fry deer steaks rare, basically just searing the outsides and they never get too tough.

Congrats on your first deer.

JeffDilla
November 8, 2012, 08:37 PM
I nudged it with my foot and blood squirted out, I nearly fell backwards.

Congrats on your first deer. I remember my first deer was an unintentional neck shot at 30-40 yards (I swear the crosshairs were in the kill zone but the fever came over me and that rifle was dancing!). The 8 pointer dropped like a sack of potatoes but was still alive for a couple of minutes. That was the only day that season I didn't carry a sidearm and as I approached it, it struggled to get up. Then it looked at me. Eyes locked on mine while struggling to get up and, within 30 seconds or so, died. I think that moment gave me, as it does with many hunters, a great deal of acknowledgement and reverence for a large game animal you just killed. While you don't want to see any animal suffer, I think in some way it gives you a deep appreciation for the animal and hunting all together. Some may scoff or disagree, but it can be an eye opener.

MCgunner
November 8, 2012, 11:54 PM
Every hunter tries to get the young hunter to do something gross even though they didn't actually do it themselves...LOL....thats the real tradition.

With me, it was "roll in the guts", but my grandpa never made me do it. :D I was terrified of the thought at age 11.

MC, it sounds like you are over cooking your deer steaks. They cook much faster than beef or anything else with more fat. I grill or pan fry deer steaks rare, basically just searing the outsides and they never get too tough.

I want my meat medium. I don't like it when my steak says "MOOOO" when I stick a fork in it. :D I'll just do it my way, thanks.

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