Finaly, one beyond 500
well the last day of antlerless season I finaly found one over 500 to try my luck on.
We were in an after the hunt celebration/weigh in on an 11 yo's first black bear, nice 200 pounder. All at once the landowner said look at that deer, a buddy said you got your gun with ya, well the 7mm AM was in the truck so I unpacked it and set up, after several attempts the doe finaly walked out behind the treetop to range it. the leica said 587,584 so I set the scope on 5 MOA up and started to settle in, had a slight left to right breeze blowing so I gave it 3/4 left windage, settled the crosshairs and started tightening down on the trigger with 15-20 people behind me, the landowner said "she's just as safe as in the arms of jesus" just then the trigger broke and I saw the impact immediately followed by the doe's running gears go out from under her, you could have bought the landowner for a dime.
when we retrieved her up on the hill the slight breeze was about 9 mph, POI was about 7" right of point of aim, about 3" in front of the hams, not enough grass in the field to see the difference in the wind, but I did learn to make more effort to check the wind at the target.
Born to Hunt, Forced to Work!