The wife and I went out to fill more tags again today. It turned out better than we ever imagined. We set up in a position to take a deer or two that we saw yesterday eve. The walk to the area I wanted to sit up on is about 1.5 miles from the truck. Since this is our first season here is the wide open west, this has taken some time for us to wrap our heads around. We are from Southern Illinois and we rarely walked more than 500 yds to get on stand.
Before we arrived we could see deer starting to come down off of the same hills they did the night before. We couldn't shoot any deer until the crossed the fence into the public walk-in area. We were watching 5 does in front of us at almost 500 yds when I noticed and doe and yearling walking down a small gully on our side of the fence. Shortly after they walked out of the gully and started in our direction Jen said that a buck was following them. I briefly looked him over and decided to give him a shot. She ranged him, I dialed the elevation, and estimated a 10 mph wind from our right to left at about 3/4 to full value. At the shot my bipod moved on the rock and I did not see the impact. The buck made a 10 yd half circle and fell. The doe and yearling stood there looking at him a little too long. I opened the bolt and loaded another round in the single shot. Jen called the same range and this time the bipod did not move. At impact the doe fell like a ton of bricks hit her. Jen saw that the yearling was still standing there looking at both dead deer, and since she still had a doe tag, she almost pushed me out of the way and called for a range. She took a quick click off of the elevation and dumped the yearling. After a few high fives, and hugs, the work started. The ranges were 438, 426, and 412 which are the longest we have been able to harvest any big game (as of now).
As you can see the 7mm SAUM performed perfectly. Jen is planning her custom build now. The walk back to the truck took almost 2 hours and we are glad it's over.
The over the gun view.
A few minutes after the 3 shots.
The end results.
The Cabelas Super Mag Hauler earned it's name.
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SERGEANT (MED RET)
COMBAT ENGINEER, MOUT INSTRUCTOR, RIFLE/PISTOL INSTRUCTOR
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Custom built 7mm SAUM