Waking up about 45 minutes late, was the main reason I was able to take this nice 4x5 (9 pt) whitetail Friday morning. I saw him and a couple other deer about 50 yds from the border fence. They headed towards the begining of a large draw about 1 mile away. If they took this route, it would take them onto the property I hunt. I circled around towards the draw and walked in to intercept the buck. I walked in about a half mile and soptted the buck all by himself. I set up on the hill pictured just above the buck's head in the pic. The wind at my location was about 5 mph from my 6. I didn't notice the crosswind just in front of the hill, mush have been looking at the buck too much.
I ranged him a few times at 590 yds and adjusted up 6.5 MOA. I saw my first shot hit just in front of the buck's neck, elevation was dead on. Luckly the buck didn't know what happened and he just stood there looking at some other deer. I reloaded my rifle, adjusted for the wind and fired again. Either the wind kicked up or I spazed on the trigger because the second shot impacted at the same spot as the first. I quickly reloaded again, held on the back edge of his ribs, fired, and saw the bullet hit on the back edge of his shoulder. The buck studder steped and walked behind a small rise out of sight. I reloaded yet again and kept looking for the buck. After waiting for about 10 minutes without seeing the buck, I gathered my gear and walked down to find him. The buck made it only 20 yds. Thanks to the remaining snow, I found a great sight where the buck was standing at the shot(s). This isn't part of the blood trail, it's the carnage from the 180 gr 7mm Berger Hybrid.
EXIT FROM THE ANGLE OF THE BUCK
AND THE FINAL PRODUCT.
ACTIVE DUTY MARINE CORPS '96-'04
SERGEANT (MED RET)
COMBAT ENGINEER, MOUT INSTRUCTOR, RIFLE/PISTOL INSTRUCTOR
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I'll kill you all." Marine General Mattis
Custom built 7mm SAUM