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Author Topic: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)  (Read 350 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« on: December 07, 2018, 05:51:23 PM »
So, had the day off today.  Did some errands, wife had some stuff to do, and this is muzzleloader season, so of course if I have the opportunity I'm going out.  About 3 pm got stuff on and decided to swap out camera cards first, so headed out to the front end and grabbed the card from that camera.  As I walked back to the barn to grab my gun and head to the back end, I see does already coming out into my winter wheat plot about 200 yds off.  Well dang, this isn't in my plan.  Sneak to a gnarly old mulberry tree at the edge of the pond and sit down.  They're a little nervous but not bad so I just hang out, hoping they'll start wandering to another plot that would give me a better shot.  Well, they seemed to be perfectly content grazing in the wheat of course.  Closest one was at 146 yards and was a mature doe.  After debating, decided to take the shot.  Now typically there at home I like head shots so I don't have to go bug the neighbors about going on their side to retrieve a deer but at this range that wasn't feasible.  Decided to try the high shoulder and see if I could anchor her there, figuring worst case is a fatal heart/lung shot and maybe I have to call the neighbors.  Squeeze the trigger, all four start trotting away, flags up.  Naturally thinking "crap" but then one veers off and begins to tumble, went about 50 yards and stopped right in front of my other camera.  I was still sitting in my back yard just shaking my head.  Dressed her out and left the gutpile by my 150 yard backstop  so I know the range when Mr Yote shows up.  She dressed out a about 135, really thought she'd go bigger but will be good vittles regardless.  Oh yeah, about that high shoulder shot - the dummy behind the scope used the 100 yard (main) crosshair instead of the second one.  Yielded a perfect heart shot, but that wasn't the plan.  Rather be lucky than good?
« Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 05:55:17 PM by Madgomer »
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 06:30:46 PM »
Mad - Good story, but now you have some more venison for the freezer....In the heat of the moment, even the dummy behind the scope is aloud to make a mistake now and then, but at least you got her!!
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2018, 07:18:42 PM »
Good story Mad  and something for the freezer too , congrats .
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2018, 07:54:19 PM »
Nice doe and great story, Roger.  Our ml season started today, too, but I chose not to go.
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2018, 08:35:53 PM »
always better lucky than good. don't ask why, just take it. congrats

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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2018, 01:50:47 AM »
Luck is always a good thing...enjoy those back straps!!!
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018, 08:48:09 AM »
Well done Mad.  Congrats on the doe!

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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 08:59:49 AM »
Congrats on the doe and great story! Sometimes the plan that comes together just isn't the one we planned! Good eating on the way!
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 05:10:39 PM »
So, had the day off today.  Did some errands, wife had some stuff to do, and this is muzzleloader season, so of course if I have the opportunity I'm going out.  About 3 pm got stuff on and decided to swap out camera cards first, so headed out to the front end and grabbed the card from that camera.  As I walked back to the barn to grab my gun and head to the back end, I see does already coming out into my winter wheat plot about 200 yds off.  Well dang, this isn't in my plan.  Sneak to a gnarly old mulberry tree at the edge of the pond and sit down.  They're a little nervous but not bad so I just hang out, hoping they'll start wandering to another plot that would give me a better shot.  Well, they seemed to be perfectly content grazing in the wheat of course.  Closest one was at 146 yards and was a mature doe.  After debating, decided to take the shot.  Now typically there at home I like head shots so I don't have to go bug the neighbors about going on their side to retrieve a deer but at this range that wasn't feasible.  Decided to try the high shoulder and see if I could anchor her there, figuring worst case is a fatal heart/lung shot and maybe I have to call the neighbors.  Squeeze the trigger, all four start trotting away, flags up.  Naturally thinking "crap" but then one veers off and begins to tumble, went about 50 yards and stopped right in front of my other camera.  I was still sitting in my back yard just shaking my head.  Dressed her out and left the gutpile by my 150 yard backstop  so I know the range when Mr Yote shows up.  She dressed out a about 135, really thought she'd go bigger but will be good vittles regardless.  Oh yeah, about that high shoulder shot - the dummy behind the scope used the 100 yard (main) crosshair instead of the second one.  Yielded a perfect heart shot, but that wasn't the plan.  Rather be lucky than good?

Nice! I wonder if any of the trail cams caught that shot?
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018, 03:27:15 PM »
I was hoping I caught her last somersault at the end, it was almost in front of the camera, but no luck.  Started skinning and butchering after lunch.  Pretty slow going, mostly frozen. @--0--0100
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2018, 04:05:31 PM »
frozen? I thought it would be great butchering weather

we are actually getting some sun and 30's this week. this fall was our cloudiest fall in 33 years. I'm really liking the bright thing in the sky  --9-908 --9-908
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2018, 04:25:57 PM »
 @--0--0118  nice shooting congrands on the deer
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 04:53:30 PM »
Butchering in clod when your hands get cold is not easy. Been there, done that!
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 02:27:53 PM »
frozen? I thought it would be great butchering weather

we are actually getting some sun and 30's this week. this fall was our cloudiest fall in 33 years. I'm really liking the bright thing in the sky  --9-908 --9-908
Yeah Yari, This was the worst November (by far) for me in terms of cloudy days since I installed my solar panels in 2012.  I have a monitoring system on it and can easily compare over time.  2018 was shaping up to be my worst year for production even before November, we'd need to have an incredibly clear December to offset that and so far that's not happening either.  The law of averages catches up sooner or later, just a matter of time.  Was 10 here this morning when I left for work, will probably need to bring those hind quarters in and thaw them on the kitchen counter so I can finish up, I'm sure that will go over well!
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Re: Sometimes it's just stupid easy (but not very often)
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2018, 08:24:07 AM »
Great story Mad, I feel your pain with the skinning and butchering. We left 3 hang overnight and they froze solid, skinning was a pain so we skinned the two immediately after we got them back to camp and butchered them after hanging for a couple hours.

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