Montana 2008 hunting trip

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  1. TMR

    TMR Well-Known Member

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    Thought I would share our Montana trip with you guys. We left on the 19th to spend Thanksgiving at our house in Montana. Anyway, Friday morning we slept in and went out to make sure the rifles were still on, then off we went. We found a new area and figured it held promise because we saw about 10 bucks chasing does in the first 10-15 mins of being there. After glassing all the bucks and Katie(my wife) deciding that none of them were big enough for her, we drove to the end of the road and turned around. We were heading back and Jesse(my brother) and I will looking at a far hillside, Katie says, I would shoot that buck. We looked in the creek bottom and there was this old goofy horned buck. The first thing we noticed was the size of his body, then his goofy horns. I got Katie setup and we ranged the buck at 205 yds, she squeezed the trigger of the 7wsm and sent the 180 berger on the way. The hit was right in the pocket and he ran about 10 yds and fell over and rolled down the hill. We new he was big bodied, but not until we got up to him and saw exactly how big. She was extremely happy. The taxidermist says he is between 7-9 years old.
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    We saw a few more nice bucks that night, including a really nice 4x5, but looking at his face, he looked very young, so we decided to let him go another year. We also saw an offspring of Katies deer and was a 5x5 that was taller and wider, but since it was only the first day, I didn't take him. In hindsight, I should have shot him. We will definitely be looking for him next year. On to my deer.
    On Sunday, we headed back up to our secret spot and decided we were actually going to get off the road this time. We hiked up into the "breaks" about 1/2 mile and starting seeing deer. We setup the spotter and began to look them over. All nice bucks, but just not what we were looking for. Jesse and I walked down the ridge to glass another spot and Katie starting clapping and whistling at us. We ran back up to her position and looked through the spotter at what she was so excited about. The buck was coming out othe creek bottom hot on the trail of a doe. When we first saw him, he was at 750yds. I thought perfect, no wind, perfect conditions, this won't be a problem. By the time I got setup...less than a minute, he was at 600yds and closing. He dissapeared in a coulee and then came out at 480yds. When he paused, I sent the 300gr SMK his direction. The shot hit right behind the shoulder and he ran 10-15yds and stopped. As soon as he stopped, another bullet was on the way dropping him where he stood. It was not needed as he was dead on his feet, but I didn't want he to fall back into the creek bottom. He is not the biggest buck we saw, but still a nice deer taping out at the 140" mark. I am happy as hell, especially sharing time with my wife and brother on the hunt.
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    We did get Katies on video, but had some technical difficulties on the camera for my shot. We did get 50 minutes of video on the inside of Katies coat pocket though:D:D.

    The equipment used:
    Katies Rifle:
    Phoenix Machine action
    Rock Sendero contour barrel 26"
    Manners T
    Seekins bottom metal
    Seekins base and rings
    Leupold 6.5-20
    DE Muzzle brake
    Chambered in 7mm WSM....180 bergers at 2970

    My rifle:
    Remington 700
    Broughton custom contour 3/8" fluting, 31" long
    Manners T2
    NF rings, and base
    NF 5.5-22x50 NP-R1
    DE Muzzle brake
    Chambered in 338 Edge.....300gr SMK at 2900
     
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  2. Joel Russo

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    Sounds like you guys had a great hunt. Don't know if I would have passed on that "goofy horned buck" That thig is a pig.
    Nice pictures, thanks for sharing.
     

  3. Steve7mm08

    Steve7mm08 Well-Known Member

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    Great hunt report and pics, thanks for sharing.

    Did you have to draw a tag for those or can you get those over the counter?

    Rgds, Steve
     
  4. ss7mm

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    Great looking bucks. Congratulations to all.

    Looks to me like as long as you keep taking Katie along you might end up having to buy another freezer and maybe add another room for the extra mounts. She's doing great and you can really be proud of her.;);)
     
  5. Len Backus

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    I am planning to add a sub-forum just for video content like that. :cool:

    Congratulations to Katie and to you.
     
  6. TMR

    TMR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys,

    I am lucky to have a wife that enjoys the sport as much as I do.

    Joel:
    I am still kicking myself for not shooting the other goofy horned deer. I am sure I will have nightmares about it until next year.

    Steve,
    You do have to draw dags for Montana. This is just a general tag area not a special unit though.

    Dick,

    Thanks for the kind words...Katie aka "Special K" is having a blast this year. I finished up her rifle the weekend before we left, so we didn't get alot of shooting time with it. I think she will probably stretch the distance out next year.:D She just left to go and see what kind of deals she could find on
    freezers. The house is filling up with horns. Going to have to move some out to the shop to make room for the new ones.

    Len,
    It is interesting the commentary you get when the camera is in one's pocket. Especially when we asked her to hike back to the truck and bring it around the ridge. I didn't know someone could talk to themselves so much and we won't get into the singing part. It was quite comical though.

    By the way, he is a little bigger than I guessed. I just put the tape on him before boiling the scull. He grosses right at 151". If his right side would have matched up he would have been in the 170's. Almost 20" difference between the two sides. Still a great buck in my eyes though.

    I added another pic of Katies deer. The first one was fine this morning, now it looks funny. Not sure why.
     
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  7. Shawn Carlock

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    Nice job glad you guys had a good trip.
     
  8. TMR

    TMR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Shawn,

    I think I am going to sign Katie up for one of your classes next year. I am not a very good teacher, and she doesn't like to listen to me anyway:D:D. She does shoot very well if we setup everything for her, but I know she would like to be able to do it herself and understand what she is doing. Only problem is, she hates shooting targets!!!
     
  9. hamr56

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    Great looking animals! I wished the area I hunt in Wyoming would let us hunt deer this time of year. I saw a monster who will probably get smacked on the road as I spotted him twice off the highway.:mad:
     
  10. 115vld

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    What was the charge on the 7WSM?
     
  11. trebark

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    Did you happen to put your wife's deer on a scale? I bet 300+ pounds.
     
  12. Buffalobob

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    That is one heavy looking deer. I would not want to be dragging it very far.
     
  13. jmden

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    Great trip story and photos! Thanks for posting.

    My wife shot 3 elk quite awhile ago during high school days, but seems to have developed a bit of the 'brown eye syndrome' since. :rolleyes: She likes eating them though. :D