796 Yard white tail doe
This will be my first post here at long Range Hunting. Looks like a freindly forum & I enjoy reading most of posts.
OK down to the story. North Dakota had there Deer Gun opener last weekend (3 NOV). We use the lottery system here in the arctic tundra but have an over abundance of deer the last few years with record amount of tags available every year. Of Course the Buck tags are gone during the initial drawing, but there has been Doe tags availble over the counter for most areas of the state. Well this is were the story starts. My Freind Travis who I have known since we were just little fellers, moved back to N.D. from Kansas & picked up a couple of doe tags for were we grew up. I still have land 5 miles from were his folks farm. Since I went to Wyoming this year & brought home a nice Mule Deer buck I passed on the North Dakota season but Travis wanted me to come down so he had some one to hunt with. I packed up my hunting gear & headed to the Ranch.
We got a late start on Saturday & never really saw any thing spectacular that wasnt running at Mach chicken speed so by the end of the day I took him up to the big hill we cal oole flat top. it over looks Hundreds of acres of Creek & collee bottoms just off the Hart river.
After glassing for about 5 - 15 Min Travis spotted two does on his side of the hill. Upon closer inspection with spotting scope it was a young buck & a doe bedded down on a small side hill out of the wind. We talked about it for a while discusing size & so forth. Finally he asked how far it was so I dug my Leica Range finder out of my pack & took some readings. 797 then 796 then 796 then 796. I told him that was a fer polk out there & he concured. I then went to the truck & grabbed my beloved 7mm Rem Mag Remington Sendero. I plopped it down on the bypods took a look at my Balistic chart on the side reached up put on the 800yard Dope (14.5 Min). I grabbed the wind meater to confirm my wind estimate, it read average of 9.5 mph & was coming at us at 10:00. I put on 2 Minutes of left windage & took a good prone position. I Asked Travis if he wanted to give it a try? He was intreiged, and got into a prone position behind the Sendero. I told him to lean into the bypod & sort of preload the legs. Then take his non firing hand & place it about were the rear sling swivel is & grip the rifle like a firm hand shake. He dry fired a few times & we worked on his breathing technique so that he found & new what the repratory pause was. After the last dry firing he looked at me & said that one would have been perfect if there would have been a round in the gun. I grabbed my spotting scope, laid it on my pack & spotted for him. He took three big breaths & on the last one let it out & squeezed the trigger. When the firing pin hit the primer it sent a 162 Grain A-Max out of the barrel at 2973 FPS. I watched the trace arc left and straight into the chest & the hide rippled as the bullet entered. She never twitched or kicked or nothing. Her head just laid over on the ground & she was dead as a door nail. Turns out it went straight to the hart!!!! Boy to talk about a celebration!!! there was high fives. hand shakes. back slapping. Smiles from ear to ear. And just alot of caring on. What a great Day for the both of us. We will never forget it. Travis took a perfectly executed shot. Im so proud of him.
Hope all hunters are successful in the feild. Good hunting.