The wife and I were out to fill some of her tags today and things worked good for us. Since I have one more day off work than her, I let her do the shooting today.
On our first day out we saw a total of zero deer and LOTS of hunters. My buddy said to wait until after the opening weekend and things would be different. We started by walking in a new area (we are hunting walk-in and BLM land) and about a mile in we saw two trucks and nothing but a fox. Since the fustration level was building we decided to drive to a small place(about 2x3 miles) that another buddy said was worth a look. About a mile from the turn off we spotted a lone antelope doe that appeared to be in a good place for a stalk. After walking about 800 yds we were able to get within 200-550 yds of her. She was at the bottom of a small gully and she decided to come to the top on our side of the hill. I was spotting for my wife and she was shooting my new LRK (Long Range Killer) and the shot was at 242 yds. The doe was feeding just on the back side of the top of the hill so we could only see her body, no legs. At the shot, the doe dropped stone dead. She dropped so fast that my wife asked where she went. She said nevermind when she heard the bullet hit. The doe was mature and sported 2" antlers. This is her 1st rifle kill and her 1st western kill.
After the pack out (you can see who did the work) we headed to the spot my buddy suggested. We were looking for deer and we saw about 200 more antelope in 2 different groups in the same mile x mile field. After looking at them for awhile we looked at the hills past them and saw several deer working their way towards the same field. You can see part of the hills in the background of the Antelope pic. We noticed one deer leave the group and head our way. After waiting for about 30 min, and waiting for it to come back onto public land, we put a stalk on it. At this point we didn't know it was a buck and didn't care. We hurried around to put us within 400 yds of where we thought he would go. After we were set up, with only 20 minutes of shooting light left, we waited for him to walk down a gully at 356 yds. After almost 10 minutes I looked to my left and there he was about 200 yds away. For some unknown reason he crossed the fence into public land and walked up the hill towards us. After an extremely quick 90 deg turn, Jen zeroed the scope and shot. The buck dropped just like the antelope.
We did see a buck that looked decent that stayed with the group. Since he was almost a mile away I'm thinking he is a good buck. We will be in a better spot to hopefully take him tomorrow eve.
Sorry the write up is so long, I'm more pumped for her to do some killing than if I had burnt the powder myself.
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