Re: First Long Distance Shot on Big Game - On Purpose
I average one wtbuck every 3 seasons because I am selective. For my purposes, I am not going to pull the trigger on a buck smaller than one I have already taken. Eventually this will get me into trouble. I hunt in East TX where there are some world-class monsters, but there are also some world-class morons stomping in the woods as well. It makes for an interestng mix at my deer lease. In the last 5 seasons, only 8 or 10 bucks have been killed. five of them were taken by first-time hunters and ranged from knarly-horned 3pt to my little brother's 10 pt. An average mature buck in East TX will score 125 BC. Last year I shot a 130 class 9 pt, and the next day saw a 160 class 10 pt. Only one other 'hunter' on my lease has seen him, but he has no stands in the vicinity. I knew he was in the area, but had never seen him. In short 7mmmag man, find an area that is prime buck habitat and stick it out. Hunting is not about killing. If it was, it wouldn't be hunting, it would be killing. I kill two does every season for meat and herd control. I am a Wildlife Biologist turned Phamacy student. There is no need to 'hunt' does as they are plentiful and for the most part not scared of humans. Antlered foes are like blonde gorillas. You are still young, and if you achieve too much in your youth, you will have nothing to look forward to in the golden years.