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Posted: 12/2/2007 8:09:43 PM EDT
We headed out this morning to fill Hunter's deer tag. We found lots of snow, up to 12 inches, but no deer. Stopped by the store and picked up some mini marshmallows and other makings for hot chocolate, then headed home for some cocoa, to get warm, dry our clothes, and take a nap.

After a good nap, and a bit of playstation we headed out again at about 2:00pm. The first two hunts were a big zero, and on our way to our third one I saw part of a deer out in a clear cut. We were in an any deer unit, so Hunter sets up his shooting sticks and I notice the deer has horns. All I could see of the head was the ear and one horn, but we clearly saw the rest of his body. I give Hunter the go ahead and he took a 25 yard shot. We see the deer crash into the brush, but I couldn't tell if it was hit.

We reloaded Hunter's .54 cal T/C and starting the tracking. We didn't see any blood where the deer was, and after a quick 10 minute look, we marked the site of the shot and went back to the truck to get our rain gear. Hunter was a little panicked that the deer didn't drop at the shot and there was no blood. We headed back in to where the deer had been standing at the shot and after about 5 minutes of searching I see a nose, on the ground, about 30 yards from where it was at the shot. A nice 2 point was down! To say I was relieved was an understatement.

He drilled it right through both shoulders taking out both lungs and the top of the heart. Took out a bit of meat, about 2 cups worth, but there was not doubt about the quality of the shot. The .54 cal bullet started out at .535" and 390 grains. We recovered the bullet under hide on the far side of the animal, and it had expanded to .960" and had shed a bit of weight down to 315 grains.

Next year we gotta get one for Ryan.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:15:01 PM EDT

Congrats to him!
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:29:19 PM EDT
Nice deer!!

I'm pretty sure I am going to try muzzleloading next year
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:38:21 PM EDT

Did better then myself and K0ter
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:46:15 PM EDT
Nice shot, even if it was up close.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:55:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By R-32:

Did better then myself and K0ter

That ain't saying much
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:59:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kooter:

Originally Posted By R-32:

Did better then myself and K0ter

That ain't saying much

Hell, he kicked my ass this year. This is the first year that I have not bought a tag or hunted since graduating from college(1994). It really sucked to not be able to get out.

I too may try muzzleloading or possibly even bow hunting. My wife and one of my daughters is interested in bow hunting so that may push me over the edge.

Congrats to your son, he did awesome.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 9:40:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 10:11:28 PM EDT
Nice work!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:54:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 7:00:03 AM EDT
Well, looks to me like the young lad is the best hunter in WAHTF.

, the rest of us got skunked,,

Congratulations !
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 8:18:55 AM EDT
Good shooting
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:24:22 PM EDT
What a nice moment. Can't wait till mine gets older. Congrats!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:42:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 6:42:43 PM EDT by forrestd]
Nice haul! I've never been hunting before, but I may have to start some time. Fresh, all natural venison and turkey sound pretty tasty. Congrats to your son.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:17:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 4:38:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/4/2007 5:11:58 AM EDT by CrownAndSeven]
Congrats to your son!

But more importantly, Congrats to you Ameso for spending quality time with your boy. I look back at all the time I spent fishing, shooting, and spending time with my pops and realize how lucky I was to have a dad that did things like that with me. A lot of people don't have that or have parents that give a crap!
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