This one damn near killed me. Got up this morning, got dressed, got my gear together, checked the temp (1 degree) and headed out the door. Got out where I wanted to be about 15 min. before light and was getting cold about an hour later, always seems to happen when the actions slow.
Decided that I'd try some spot and stalk through the limited cover I have access to. Started down to a dry waterway and was sneaking through it when a truck stops on the road 400 yds behind me and backs up, they seem to be looking at the far end of the waterway. When I get to the end I begin to suspect why, out the end is a very fresh set of rather large tracks in the snow, they're heading uphill towards a farm I don't have access to. However, I do have access to 230 acres that make an "L" around this farm and I know from past experience the deer often go right out the other end of that farm onto the land I can hunt. So I Start making track toward the other end of the feild then turn left up the hill, when I hit the crest of the hill I slow and start looking for deer. It didn't take two minutes to find him, but he's still on the other farm and is quartering away into the thick brush. I figure if I can get to the bottom of the valley I might be able to get a shot at him if he crosses the fence further in the woods. So down the hill I start, didn't take 15 steps and up goes a doe a little to my right on the land I can hunt, I figured that was it I'm busted, she ran about 30 yds into the woods and stopped. I look over at the buck expecting to see a tail going through the woods and he has his nose in the air heading straight for the doe. I dive down in the snow drop the legs on the bipod, and wait for him to cross the fence. He didn't waste any time getting over to where the doe was. By now I'm panting like a dog from trotting though the snow to get here, I'm sweating so bad the when I get to close to the scope it wants to fog up, and my fingers are so cold I can't adjust the power on my scope and can barely take the safety off. When he finally stopped I put one through the top of both shoulders(didn't want him recrossing the fence) and down he went. The range was 190 yds and the Scirocco went right on through. And that was just the beginning, had to drag him about 400yds uphill before I could get to him with the ATV. That's the part that nearly killed me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]