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First day out long range hunting for deer

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Unread 09-04-2008, 11:38 PM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

Originally Posted by distantfoe View Post
The elevation looked about right, but I'd have to agree with davewilson, it would be a good idea to check your zero.
yup 100 yard zero. It is zeroed perfect, just shot it a week ago testing it. It has been in the case since then. I shot a bush in that same area at the same distance, and nailed it dead on.

And I've been practicing all year for long range shooting. I've shot over 1,000 rounds this year out to 1450 yards with a good hit ratio on a 10"x12" plate; don't tell me I need to practice. It was just my first time ever shooting at big game at an extended distance.

Don't rip on me I had fun for the most part and learned to take more time shooting at game
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Unread 09-04-2008, 11:39 PM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

Originally Posted by Willys46 View Post
Not to Pile on, Is that a doe hunt? The fawns were still nursing:confused:.
yes, I got a tag in in area that opened sept. 1st

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Unread 09-05-2008, 12:10 AM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

Holey crap, that was unexpected..............

I suppose no one has ever missed before? I appreciated the willingness and work it took to share especially even though the two shots were misses.

From the text part of the post, I gather that the only thing on hill that wasn't excited was the video camera.

I'd suggest 125mg of Paxel/Celexa a day starting 3 weeks before the season will do two things. 1) Put a bit of control on the 'excitment' and 2) Allow one heck of a lot more tolerance for responses with the tone of the above.:mad:

Hell, I'd of been blasting away at that first bunch walking down the valley with my 30-30.
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Unread 09-05-2008, 12:23 AM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

I wan't meaing to flame you..I am in you shoes and have been practicing the last two years to make a shot like you attempted. My only concern was shooting a doe that is still nursing two fawns.

I think you could hold out for a old mature doe with no fawns. I could care less about the miss. Hell, I got buck feaver last year and missed the biggest buck of my life at 150 yards 4 times. Talk about excited, you bet. Forgot to hold down and shot over the back!

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Unread 09-05-2008, 07:52 AM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

We all miss occasionally.

Peeonit - Part 8

A person has certain responsibilities when selecting a shot and then following up after the shot. In the example of my miss, I managed to stalk within bow range to verify that it actually was a miss.

I do not mean to preach at you but to simply to point out that a miss should be a learning experience to avoid another miss.

I would also tend to agree with Willys. If you have a doe tag and want to take a shot then leave the doe alone. Take a shot at one of the fawns. The meat will be very tender.
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Unread 09-05-2008, 08:39 AM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

Dang dude, calm down. You posted a video of you basically flinging rounds down range at a doe with nursing fawns and expected what? A pat on the back and a better luck next time. Did you read how John Burns was scrutinized? And I think that man is the real deal. Now before you get all defensive, I think you showed some major balls posting that video. Most people wouldn't have admitted they missed those shots or even spoke up and said anything about taking a shot. I have to admit that I wouldn't have said anything and if asked my response would have been more along the lines of "Nope, didn't get anything this weekend." and left it at that, then throw it back at them "How did you do?". The good thing is that you learned something and that is what we are all here to do. Another good thing is that nothing got hurt...especially the deer...you just learned a little humility. As far as the guys here, if you can't make fun of your friends who can you make fun of?
Instead of practicing from a controlled environment, try shooting with your heart pumping and in a hurry. It isn't the same...this I know from experience. Setting everything up at a range in perfect conditions where you have all day to fire one round doesn't prove but one thing...the weapon is up to the task.
You said that you fired over 1,000 rounds to prepare for this. I say this not to bash you but what an instructor told us-The thousands of rounds you put down range during training mean nothing if you can't do it when it counts!
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Unread 09-05-2008, 10:49 AM
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Re: First day out long range hunting for deer

Using a "bush" to check your zero at 100 isnt very accurate at all,go put it on paper before you hunt again,take the rifle out of the issue then you will know where the problem lies.
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