Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Glockula, Nov 9, 2020.
I like the deer, and the deere.
Got another one for the freezer yesterday just before 3pm. Spotted this little one slipping out of the thick cedar wetlands when it presented a shot. My fuggly self Bubba'd No4 Mk1 "Stubs" and handload of 150gr SP Interlock over IMR 3031 = DRT. Hopefully I'm am fortunate enough to get 1 or 2 more antleress deer for the freezer. Fingers crossed!
Be safe and good hunting everyone
I got this smaller guy a few minutes ago. He came to antler rattling. It’s does only from here out. 8mm js mauser. 160gr ttsx. Leupold ier scope. 60 yards quartering away going from my right to my left. The reason the first pic was taken from a stand is that I’m still hunting for those does.
Here is mine posted earlier on the hoof on the camera.
Punched my last buck tag yesterday. Had to ship a gun to a customer and Fedex didn't pickup until 10:30 so I didn't hit the woods until noon. Waddled down an old logging road and saw a deer at the bottom of a holler, yes that is what they are called in the Ozarks. After cranking the scope up to 9 power, I could make out a buck that was rubbing a sapling. Easing to the left I could make out the front half of him through a hole in the brush. The cross hairs were steady behind his shoulder when the trigger broke and he was gone instantly. I knew that deer was dead.
I had to hike back to the barn and get my little Yamaha so it was probably 30 minutes before I got down to where the buck had been. Nothing! No blood, no deer, no sign of a deer ever being there. Now I have hunted this farm for about 7 seasons now and am pretty familiar with the area. There is a heavily used trail that goes up the hill so I started there. Sure enough, 20 yards up the trail I found lung blood and another 50, there was my deer. How these animals can go uphill for 70 yards with a hole the size of a tennis ball through their lungs is beyond me. Now it is time to look for does.
I haven’t been posting pictures of all the deer this year, just two, but I’m going to add a third because so many people ask if you can hunt with a Mosin-Nagant (assumed 91/30 but I guess the question applies to other models depending on the person asking).
This morning I got a doe making five for the season so far, with a limit of six deer. I have one more doe slot on my report card. After that, I’m done until next season. If I never fill that slot, I’ve still had a great season.
Mosin-Nagant 91-30 took the fourth doe I saw this morning, the first to give me a clear shot. Reloads using 150gr interbonds. The shot was in the shoulder.
Been a good season so far in Eastern NC. My son got his first deer on opening day 10/17. ~50 yard shot with his .243, deer went about 75 yards into some thick brush and piled up. He was ecstatic.
I took a week off in November to hunt, and 15 minutes into the first day I had this 8 walk out. 240yds with the 6.5CM dropped him right there.
He was older and battle scarred. One knee was the size of an orange with scar tissue or something, and his nose had a weird curve. Not sure if he'd been hit by a car in the past or if its from fighting.
Got this 10 point today. 161 yards. Buck fever caused me to make a great neck shot. (I was aiming at the shoulder). The rifle doesn’t show in the image much, but I built it out of a Savage 110 action over the summer. E.R. Shaw barrel, Boyd’s stock, Leupold VXIII 3.5-10. .264 Win Mag loaded with Hornady 129 SST, 62 grains of IMR 7828 SSC.
Spent the afternoon waiting for either the badly limping 2x2 or battle scarred 4x1 (one side broken away) I've seen on the trail cam to show up. Neither did, a couple of big 8:s circled nearby warily. A very nice doe stopped by, with hyperactive twin fawns overjoyed to find dinner so that was a no-no. I didn't want to spend the whole evening waiting in chilly north wind so the first reasonably nice buck had to do.
A big, fat 3x3, that is. Beautiful symmetrical antlers. It pegged a 100kg/220lb scale so I don't have an exact figure but this should fill the freezer nicely. It took two of us some effort to get it loaded.
And yeah, I know, the wheelbarrow again. I happen to have it laying around so why not.
EDIT: Ok, here's a bit more presentable picture. I'll probably have to stop snapping photos when they're in the wheelbarrow, the comedy factor may not quite be The High Road in respecting the game, after all...
PA bear last Sunday, the first Sunday bear hunt in the history of the Commonwealth.
They weren't weighing bears under 300# at the check station due to Covid, but estimated the live weight at 190#. Taken with a M70 30-06 at about 100 yds. right before dark. We can't hunt over bait, so this one was spot and shoot.
my cowboy nephew got this big 6x6 whitetail on the ranch with his marlin 336 texan. He is in western Montana, east of the Bitterroot mtns......living the dream.
When he left home for the usmc, he needed a little money so he sold me is 336 texan with a broken stock. I fixed the stock and gave the rifle back to him as a welcome home gift after two tours in Iraq. I'm glad to see he still uses it.
Grandson got this one with his youth archery tag.
PA rifle 100 yards at a trot.
Nice shooting, congrats on your deer.
Haven't been able to get out at all this fall due to a crazy work schedule, family conflicts, life in general. Said I would make sure to hunt Thanksgiving morning before things got crazy. Secured permission to hunt a friends property, that I always thought had great potential but in 15 years has never presented an opportunity to take a deer. Then, my alarm went off at 4:30 but I hit snooze. And then hit snooze again. And decided, I was tired and didn't want to go waste time sitting in a tree only to come home empty handed. At 5:30 am my wife says - go hunt. You need to get out of the house and hunt or you will be grumpy all day. So I wake up, throw some clothes on. Hop in my Jeep and drive the 45 minutes to my friends place. Its start of shooting light as I arrive late. Start walking in around 6:50 am - its about a 15 minute walk at a fast pace to the stand I plan to hunt. But I'm going at a slow pace. At 7:03, while walking along the edge of a field a buck pops out 25 yards ahead of me, nose to the ground. I shoulder my rifle and he takes off. I "bleat" and he turns to look at me wondering if I'm the hot doe he's after.
Turkey Day by countertop posted Dec 1, 2020 at 10:25 AM
135 pounds dressed weight (estimated 170 pound on the hoof)
Not bad for a Virginia Whitetail.
CVA Wolf, 250 grain Thompson Shockwaves, 100 grain Blackhorn 209
A short afternoon hunt on Jake's birthday yesterday. Lots of birds but only one that didn't fly directly toward the sun.
Last day of season at sunset. 308 150 Barnes TTSX handload. 300 yds.
First time my dad and I ever had a day like this. We each shot a bull within 3 minutes of each other, and I killed the deer on the way out. Hunting over in Montana, and the last year for my dad as a resident hunter there. I grew up there but moved to Idaho 10 years ago. My parents just moved to Idaho to be closer to grandkids.
Congratulations. That is not a bad deer anywhere, but I believe that all deer are good. He would make a Central Texas deer look like a beagle.
If I've learned anything in the 57 years that I have chased whitetails is that you can't kill them by staying at home.
Got this big boy on the 4th day of rifle season.
@Casefull nice bull!
This is all I have for the year so far, but it was a lot of fun to make it happen. He got spotted in real life, tracked to his humble dwelling (an old desk drawer) by following evidence of his existence, and then monitored for travel pattern via camera. Not at all unlike a big buck that was seen from the road, tracked, photographed by trailcam, and then hunted hard. I wish I could have shot him, but company policy said no. HR manager said “kill that ******* thing and I don’t care how”. So yes, Wednesday was rat hunting day.
My son downed this one a couple of days ago. I advised him to get a proper 50-56mm low light scope for his rifle before the season starts. After a series of four figure sticker shocks he's still bargain hunting and stops by regularly to borrow my rifles for late night work until he finds a top shelf model in clearance.
Oh well. I just came across illuminated reticle Meopta Meostar R1 3-12x56 RD for €715 so I'm pondering whether to tip him or Santa off on it. He's getting better at butchering moose and various deer than I am so a well planned "investment" may result in a few years of hands-free field dressing and cutting service for me whenever I take him hunting...
9 point taken this morning. 150 yards .308, 165 SGK, 44.0g VV N140, 2,725fps
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