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Trophy doe in Maryland

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by T.R., Nov 14, 2012.

  1. T.R.

    T.R. Well-Known Member

    I hunt from a climbing treestand with my friends in Maryland nearly every weekend. Typically, I climb 15 to 20 feet above the ground to see clearly yet be unseen by deer. Deer rarely seem to look up.

    I'd barely settled into my stand. It was 6:30AM. The post dawn greyness had not yet left the forest. Suddenly, this doe came in on my right, then turned and walked directly in front of me. Distance was approx 40 yards or so. I bleated to stop the animal and lined up my scope sight on the chest as I squeezed the trigger. My Mossberg 12 gauge slug gun belched flame and smoke as the shot blasted through the forest. The doe acted as if struck by Thor's hammer and dropped instantly. The heavy sabot bullet did its job!

    Weight after field dressing is 71 lbs - an average sized mature doe. We like to serve trophy doe with potatoes and gravy, carrots and onions. The real trophy is on the dinner plate.

    I'm thankful to our Lord Jesus for providing this fine animal to us.

    This hunt took place at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, a US Army Post. The regs, seasons, and bag limits are different than off post. The hunting is managed by US Fish & Wildlife Service and not state of Maryland. Wardens are Federal; their badges and uniforms are different than the guys off post. The hunting is heavily regulated with a lot of hoops to jump through in order to get access.


    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  2. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

  3. gaweidert

    gaweidert Well-Known Member

    Bambi will cry himself to sleep tonight. :rolleyes:

    BTW, nice shot.
  4. Direwolf

    Direwolf Member

    Nah, I shot him yesterday!
  5. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    What type/brand of sabot slugs did you use?

    Just my .02,
  6. T.R.

    T.R. Well-Known Member

    I've had good luck with Hornady SST slugs. They kick bad but deliver an honest 2.5 inch group at 100 yards. Performance is incredible; exit holes are typically 2 inches!


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