Another Idaho Whitetail bites the dust with a 338 Edge

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Shawn Carlock, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. Shawn Carlock

    Shawn Carlock Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2007

    Well it has been a pretty good year for Whitetails this year here in north Idaho. My hunting buddy Jr. and I headed out a little early from work on Friday as Saturday was the last day of general late buck season. While I was hoping to see a good whitetail buck for Jr. to shoot I was really intent on shooting some video footage on shooter / spotter communication for my how to LRH video. We drove to one of our deer & elk spots close to town 35-40 minutes and hiked from the truck about a mile or so when Jr. spotted a doe bedded down beside a tree across the canyon. Several seconds later Jr. spotted the back half of another deer above the doe. Through our binoculars neither one of us could see horns, but the body was stocky and had all of the signs of a mature buck. I broke out the Manfroto tripod, Leupold HD spotting scope and watched the deer until I saw a good flash of horn. Jr. started looking for a spot to get setup for a shot in case the deer was in fact a mature buck. I got a good look at the buck and gave it a mid 140’s and 20” wide estimate, easily within shooting standards. Jr. was however having an impossible time getting anything that resembled a suitable shooting position. Several minutes later while Jr. kept eyes on the buck I moved further down the canyon in hopes of finding a good shooting location. I located a spot that was better but not great the distance was 556 yards. I set up the spotting scope camera and went eyes on while Jr. moved down to my location. Jr. was just getting setup beside me when the buck charges the doe and the two of them head up and to the right of their bedding area and out of our view. After a bunch of @#&@*@^ :mad: I moved again further down the canyon to locate a spot where we could get a shot. I locate a really good spot and setup. Jr. again relocates while I watch the buck. Our distance is now 618 yards 10 degrees downhill. Jr. gets settled in we confirm distance and dope and I tell him to send it. The 338 Edge booms from my left side and ½ a second later I watch the 300 gr SMK strike the buck about 4-5 inches up from the bottom of the chest right in the crease behind the front shoulder. It looks like a heart shot and I call it as such. The buck kicks and bolts up the hill about 50 feet then tumbles and staggers down into an old skid road piling up about 40 yards from the site of impact. We watch the buck for a minute and I congratulate Jr. on a fine shot. It has now been almost 40 minutes since Jr. spotted the doe and buck. By the time we get over to the buck it is almost an hour after dark and it is cold 13 degrees or so. We take some photos and a short video clip (after warming the camera up). The 300 SMK hit exactly where I had called it clipping the bottom of the heart. Penetration and exit wounds were substantial leaving no doubt of the great terminal performance. This was Jr’s first long range buck and I was glad to witness it as well as get it on film.
  2. hillbillybear

    hillbillybear Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2005
    Nice Buck. Congrats to you, Jr. and the EDGE

  3. ss7mm

    ss7mm Writers Guild

    Jun 11, 2005

    Tell Jr. congratulations on a great whitetail buck, and his first long range buck.;) Very symmetrical and even rack. Everything about him is very nice. Northern Idaho is turning out some great whitetails. I'd imagine he was getting a little excited after the moves but when it counted he made the shot. Congrats again Jr.;)

    Looking forward to your video. Looks like it's gonna have some pretty good stuff in it.:) Let us know when it's ready.

    No need to say much about the edge or the gun. A done deal every time here lately.
  4. Takman

    Takman Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    Great buck. Gonna have to get a snow camo paint job for the edge.
  5. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2003
    Great story and rifle. Congrats! Thanks for sharing the story.
  6. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    Congratulations on the nice "WhiteHawg". That's some fine team hunting, spotting and shooting. How fast that SMK zipping along? JohnnyK.
  7. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

    Jun 12, 2004
    Congrats to Jr. That is a hell of a buck for sure. At first glance at the pic, I would have guessed him a bit bigger then 140. Great spread, good height and great dark color antlers!!!

    Kirby Allen(50)
  8. Shawn Carlock

    Shawn Carlock Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2007

    The 300 SMK leaves the muzzle at 2836 fps.

    50 ,

    I did not have a chance to put a tape to it. It is probably bigger than 140 but I like to be conservative to eliminate ground shrinkage. The conversation when alot like this: How big is it? We gotta kill him!!
  9. lerch

    lerch <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

    Nov 15, 2004
    Good shooting, I would have to guess that guy at over 140"!!! good lookin buck no matter what he scores. i want a copy of that video when it comes out!!!

  10. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    Nice work there guys !!

    Great shot JR !

    Thats what I'm talkin' bout !!

  11. philny1

    philny1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    That bucks a beaut!
    Good shootin'
    Presently hunting with a 338 RUM, posts like these have me thinking about an edge.
    Also like the part where ya hiked back in a mile from the truck.
    Thanks for a great post.
  12. VSSF

    VSSF Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2003
    Shawn,Great Deer,Great Story and i can't wait for the video,My Edge will be done as soon as Mike Rock finishes.
  13. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Great buck and great shot! Put me down for a video also!
  14. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

    Jul 5, 2006
    Congratulations guys.
    Great write up Shawn.