For my weekend "look" I decided to walk into an area that I hadn't hunted for about 12 months.
I really didn't have any expectations but knew this spot had some real "long range potential"
So down the steep spur I walked to get into the river canyon, found my perch and broke out the gear. Conditions were
61% R H
COS .98 downhill
Things were starting to get late when I caught csome movement in the Leicas and saw a large hind being followed by a huge bodied stag. Great.... things were gonna happen !
They were about 800 away but in a nasty spot to shoot, with very little clear ground to spot the shot. So I waited and got the DVD camera out and let it roll. The deer was making his way in the general direction of a small clearing and I hoped he would present. Well he did !!
Ranged him at 692 yards and waited...
With camera zoomed at 30X and a solid rest I dialled in the dope 12.75 up and .5 left for the small drift up the canyon.
I light the reticle up and hold dead on ..... Booooooom ! Whoooosh WHACK !!!!
The deer is perfect broadside feeding to the left and the round hits perfect behind the front leg. He then leaps about 4 ft in the air and charges off along the slope. I recover enough to track him through the scope and he stops then starts sticking it in reverse. Looking good... Down he goes !
I watch him for 10 min and realise he isn't going anywhere. With darkness all but on me I elect to come back in the AM and do the business.
Here's what I had .. A giant old deer with 20" bent horns, perfectly even on both sides. A good one to get for sure.