Aussie Fallow

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by JAWZ, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. JAWZ

    JAWZ Well-Known Member

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    This hunt all started for me about 2 weeks ago when i took my cousin down to the fallow hunting property i hunt in NSW.

    We showed up to the property a little later then i would have liked but the deer were still out feeding , I quickly spotted a stag on the flats but he looked young and only had short antlers. I thought to myself that i would still like to have a closer look as he was still over 1 km away and it was still reasonably dark.
    I drove down the road to the next gate into the property and glassed a hill where only this year i have seen deer in any real numbers. Be for i even got my bino's up i could see a large black stag in amongst all the does , as i glassed over him the binos revealed long palms.
    We floored it down the road got out of the car and climbed the ridge behind the stag and 30+ does. I have hunted this area an filmed enough animals along this ridge to knew which game trail they would use to walk to the bedding area so sitting with a great vantage of the escape route we waited.

    That's were the best layed plans went to poo. Unknown to me the property manager was going to clean out the dam just behind the deer in the paddock and as they entered from the road with an excavator the deer bolted .
    The shot that presented was an easy of hand 60m shot for most of us at a deer that was walking at a brisk pace , but for my cousin an his bout of buck fever it was not going to happen so we watched as he walked past .

    That haunted me for a week all could think was "i should have shot him"
    ''he is 1 of the best stags you have seen there" " you could have hit him with a rock".
    Well Friday morning i was back on my own and right on time as i came down the road this time it was to dark to glass the face so i stopped the car and listened . Nothing and then the beautiful sound of a big fallow stag grunting awsome the poachers didn't get him was my first thought but he sounds further down the ridge.
    From the sound of his grunting and the fact that about 3 weeks prior to my first sighting of him i had found a large rutting stand just inside the trees from where he sounded now i had a good idea of his postion so i moved fast and began to climb the ridge again.
    Once in position no futher then 200m away i listened to him grunt and waited.
    Slowly as his harem of girls filed into the bush along the game trail near his rutting stand i videoed from above gun ready and expecting him to be last in line or at least near the back. Frustrated they all past by un-alerted to me and without the stag . I did not see or hear him again that day.

    Back at the managers house and i was talking to 1 of my mates who had lived and worked either on this property or neighbours all his life but never taken a decent stag . After a short chat a plan was made to pick him up at 5am and then try and move in on this stag .

    Sleeping was made hard that night as all i could hear on the hill above was the grunting of the big stag and the reply of another in the distance still i managed a few hours of shut eye.
    Soon enough the alarm went off and i walked to his house and got him out of bed. We drove down the road in the dark parked the car crossed the fence and then had to cover 200m of open ground to a finger of trees that would hide our approach .
    Moving slowly and glassing forward in the almost pitch black was made alittle easier with the binos but i was still paranoid about getting caught out by a doe.
    We reached the trees and then cough a hind coughed off to 1 side my heart sunk i thought we were done we were still over a km away from the stag but if she ran up the hill we were in trouble.
    I decided it would be foolish to move any further in this dark so we would wait till i could see just enough and then move, but for the moment i would kill just to hear him grunt again as he had been silent since the hind coughed at us.

    20min passed and then a massive wash of relief ran over us as the big boy gave it a go again as the light improved "lets move".
    Using the trees we made distance very quickly and were soon on the right hand edge of the finger watching the deer but with their heads down it was hard to tell who was the big boy . Then grunt grunt grunt he came out of the bracken fern shacking his head and chasing a doe i immediately turned to my mate and said "that's him"
    he said " how do you know "
    I said " look how bloody long he is "
    He said " good point "
    We both laughed.

    Range finder said 170m which was great but we had a sheep fence with chicken wire covering his chest and had to wait for him to clear it .
    We waited and waited and he was moving away the whole time along the fence and not offering a shot . I said to my mate that was a small rise coming up and a spiker standing on it ,he wont tolerate a spiker that close to his girls he will move off the fence range 448-447-448 so 448m it is exbal gives me 5.25 Dial and with barely any wind coming towards us at 11 o'clock i dialled .25 windage .
    Behind the rifle Bruce is rock steady i ask how it all feels he says great tracking him well . The Stag turns off the fence and climbs the small rise "safety off".
    Crack .......... Whack.......2 steps and then face down into the dirt. I was so excited that i was slapping Bruce on the back and he keeps asking did i get him , he just could not believe that an animal could be shot at that distance accurately.
    We waited for the other deer to leave so they do not associate the shot with humans and then walked up to claim the stag. Bruce was so happy i swear he was almost in tears and he thanked me for what was 1 of the most memorable hunts in my life.


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    You don't always have to shoot them yourself !

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  2. Buffalobob

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    Very nice story.
     

  3. winmagman

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    Very nice write up. And I think you're right , sometimes its kinda nice to be the observer not the trigger man.

    Chris
     
  4. Down Under Hunter

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    What a great looking buck !

    It's sure nice to beat the mafia occasionally !

    Looks close to 30 long ?

    What is your guess for score 225-230 ish ?

    Nice shot and good doping on your part !

    DUH
     
  5. JAWZ

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    Thanks mate yeah about 220 ds and about 28 inches. An extra basal snag and a few more spellers and he would have done better.

    I forgot to ad the gun is a ruger in 240 wby mag with a 26 inch shilen barrel.

    Now for the big gun and the bigger animals.:D
     
  6. jimbojeweller

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    Nice one mate :) I assume this was the planned hunt you were telling me about last week on the phone. Really enjoyed the chat and now i get to see the results :D Hows the Edge build going? Got those dies crankin yet? Will post when my 7mm wsm is finished. Should not be far gun)
     
  7. jimbojeweller

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    Just to clarify mate which one is you in the pics? :D
     
  8. JAWZ

    JAWZ Well-Known Member

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    Mate thats the stag we spoke about told you he was nice, great cape.

    The edge is here soon very soon.:D

    Lined up a good shooting lane on the property as well 1120m.

    Ps. I'm the one on the left the teeth give away my nickname:D JAWZ
     
  9. jimbojeweller

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    Just make sure you post pics :D What scope you dropping on that bad boy when it shows up?
     
  10. JAWZ

    JAWZ Well-Known Member

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    5.5-22x50 Npr2
     
  11. Buffalobob

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    The 240 Wby is a wonderful cartridge when used with a heavy VLD such a the Berger 105 and 115 or Sierra 107MK. Of course you need enough twist to stabilize them.
     
  12. JAWZ

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    Agreed Bob, once the barrel goes on this 1 i will be getting a slightly longer 1 with a faster twist rate .

    I have tried the 107smk bullets but in my 1;10 barrel i could only shoot about a 6 inch group and some where tumbeling.

    Its funny i can shoot the 100gr Hornady btsp at .25-.50 all day but add 7 gr of weight and some length and groups go to pot.