Well I have finally taken the time to learn how to post pictures so I wanted to share my 2005 Virginia Deer Season highlights with you. I save the best for last so I will start with my 10pt. This is one of those stories of it's better to be lucky than good. This was the second day of rifle season and it had poored the rain all day long. I spent about 5 hours in the tree lounge seeing only a couple of does and questioning my mental stability the whole time. My buddy killed a small buck chasing a doe (you can see it in the left side of the picture) I then decided to get down and take advantage of the wet conditions to stalk a little bit. After covering a couple of miles with only seeing one small buck. I decided to go to the truck and ride to another part of my hunting area. After about a ten minute truck ride in with the heat kicking I didn't really even feel like getting out of the truck, but at that point I was already cold and wet and decided to give it one last try for the day. I had about 1 hour of legal shooting light left and wanted to make the best of it. When I got out of the truck and walked about the corner of my grandpa's garage I took a look through the bino's and saw 2 large does about 300 yards ahead in a very narrow opening in the pines. Being the peak of the rut I decided to close the gap and get to a better vantage point to glass a larger area. It took about 5 minute to get into position to start glassing agian. As I scanned the area I saw a small buck and a couple of does, when all of a sudden out of a brush pile in the middle of this small, well hidden field stood a very nice shooter buck. Not a true long shot about 315 yards the Remington 700 Ti 300 SAUM did its job. I was just in the right place at the right time. Never give up no matter how bad the weather.
Now for the best one of all. My son and his big doe. We were setting in a Buddy Ladder stand on Thanksgiving Day enjoying the sun shine and the squirrels. We were having a discussion about why he could not shoot a squirrel with his 243, when I saw a big doe working up the hill about 150 yards in front of us. I tried very hard to get him on the deer while in the tree but he could not get a steady aim with his rifle in the tree. This is my fault however, because he was using a Remington 700 varmiter 243 that his Papa gave him and we cut an old stock off to make it fit him. He shoots this rilfe great at 100 yards but it's not exactly a tree stand gun for him due to the weight. He has a 243 youth Remington but he was not as confident with it as he was the varmiter. Anyway, I decided the only way to get him the shot was to get down and use the hill in front of us for cover to move into a good position. The deer was just taking her time browesing. We got down a crawled about 50 yards up the hill and got into position. By this time the the deer was about 100 yards out (perfect). I set his rifle up on the bipod and he got on the scope. She was in and out of some brush and trees and not giving him a good shot. She finally came to a stop with her head neck and a little bit of chest out from behind a tree but covering the vitals. Eyan said "Dad I have the scope on her neck can I shoot?" I did not want him to at first but it was now or never because she was about to head into a thicket to be gone for good. I thought about all the practice he had and consistantly shooting sub-moa 3 shot groups with this rifle. So I gave him the green light and with the crack of the rifle she hit the ground in her tracks.(or as E-Man says "She Smacked the ground Daddy!!") After all the hooping and hollowing was over we went over to check out his trophy and as you can see in the pictures he made a great shot. All I can say is practice, practice, practice!!! He loves to shoot and seems to be a natural, we put in a lot of trigger time and are realy looking forward to warm weather to do some ground hog hunting. The young ones are the future of the sport the we all love so much and I can say my little man is hooked for life.
This doe was a lot more important to me than my buck and I would give up several more nice bucks to watch my son kill another doe! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Thanks for letting me share!