470 yard blacktail buck

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by NW Hunter, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    372
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Last Sunday, I finally had the opportunity to put some of my long range practice to use on an animal.

    My buddy Mike and I had the chance to hunt some private property in Lyle, Washington. We were hunting a canyon area with old wheat field high prairies on top of the canyon.

    Mike scored on a 425 yard shot off shooting sticks on Saturday. He shot his buck through the heart with a 7mm Berger 168 grain. The buck walked 40 yards and fell over.

    On Sunday, I went back to the same prairie that Mike's buck had been.
    After sneaking into the area behind some pine trees, I spotted a group of does bedded with a 2x3 buck 200 yards away near the canyon edge. I cut out a position under a pine tree where I could cover a large area.

    After about 30 minutes, I heard a buck grunting in the same pines near where I was laying. I gave out a few soft bleats. I was glassing out where the canyon dropped off of the prairie when I saw my buck trotting and grunting in the wide open prairie. Then he suddenly bedded down in the wide open.

    He lay there for 45 minutes while I dry fired on him. He was 470 yards away and my Strelok program told me to hold 1.43 MRAD using my Bushnell G2 reticle.

    When he stood up, he gave my a slight quartering away shot. I put the vertical crosshair on the offside leg and let a 190 grain Berger fly from the 300wm. He dropped dead immediately in my scope.

    Upon inspection while field dressing,I saw that the bullet passed through the ribs and took out one lung. Somehow, the bullet or a big fragment went up into the backbone between the shoulders and shattered about three vertebrae into a bunch of small pieces. No exit wound, just bruising of the offside shoulder

    I owe a lot of this success to various members of this forum.

    Thanks, that was fun!:D

    Randy

    PS. My buck is in the top two pictures and Mike's buck is in the bottom picture.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,021
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    It sounded like fun. congratulations.
     

  3. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,417
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2004
    Very nice bucks!
     
  4. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,132
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    sounds like you guys are getting an area dialed in! Congrats on the nice bucks!
     
  5. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,150
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2005
    Nice blacktail. Thanks for sharing the write up and photos.
     
  6. BrowningBanger

    BrowningBanger Active Member

    Messages:
    25
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    I'm sitting on my couch here in Klickitat, realizing how cool this country is out here. Congrats on the great buck, as both are beautiful blacktails...
     
  7. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,210
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Excellent job on both the write up and pictures and congrats on a very nice BT buck.
     
  8. Scrubbit

    Scrubbit Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    100
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Nice shot and nice bucks. I like the rolling hills and dry ground. Lots of rock and swamp where I am. Was it a monopod shooting stick your hunting partner used?
     
  9. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    372
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Mike was using a 3 section Stoneypoint folding shooting sticks while sitting.
    Basically a bipod configuration.