Well the Deer hunt didn't go as planned but... .

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  1. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Gotta love Texas. I've spent the last couple of weeks patterning a buck I've wanted to shoot for some time. So I got my chores done, of course a little late and drive off down in the pasture to try and get set up for a shot.

    The first point at which I knew I might get a shot at him was right at 645 yards, and he's been following some does in the evening through a narrow gate, then down the draw for seveal hundred yards to water. Where they water is at my 1080yd rock which sets on the backside of the tank dam.

    There are only a couple of points along the draw where I've seen them move where a shot is even possible from my vantage point across the wheat field and just for grins I decided that I'd use the .260 if he popped out shy of 900yds and the 300 Rum if he popped out beyond 900yds.

    So I'm all set up in the back of the truck with a makeshift "rest" set up on top of my 350 gallon water tank. It's about an hour before dark which is just about the time the first of the does usually pops her head up. I'd seen deer all over the place from 3:00pm on today so I'm feeling good about my chances.

    Well sure enough the first doe pops out, then five more and I'm getting stoked because I know the big seven point will be along any second.

    Instead of him popping out though here come three little young bucks the nicest of which is an 8pt that would probably score about 85 B&C and they start chasing the does literally all over the place.

    Finally I see the old big buck through the trees who's now standing at the fence watching this cluster and he just shakes his head and slinks back off into the brush with a doe in tow.

    Of course I'm a little bummed and I'm thinking about maybe pinging the rock just to watch the little bucks freak out and as I'm scoping it something moves.

    Too small for a deer and moving through some low brush but I thought "what the heck no time to move and set up for the big 11 point so let's see what pops out."

    I'd killed one coyote earlier and thought this might be my first opportunity to really stretch out the 300 Rum on something smaller than a deer or hog.

    Well no coyote pops out but a VERY large bobcat did.

    Now at that range a bobcat presents about a .5MOA kill zone up and down and about 1 MOA wide. That's a considerably more challenging target than a deer or even a coyote, but "what the hell" ? He's within 30 yards of the same target I've plinked regularly with the same rig so I just settle in and hope to catch him in the open when he finishes drinking.

    Sure enough he pops back up over the dam and decides to move along the edge away from my rock.

    I get settled in count/time his paces, figure the lead and let the 180gr Scirocco fly.

    My deer hunt went to hell but I set a personal best with this rifle and beat my previous longest bobcat ever by over a hundred yards so the night was certainly not a total loss.

    Not only was he the prettiest Bobcat I've ever shot, he's amongst the largest if not the largest. The Taxidermist here in town was pretty impressed with him and weighed him and even though he's awfully thin (no surprise with our drought) he weighs 38lbs.

    Well there goes another 300.00 bucks I'll have to figure out how to explain to the wife!
     

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  2. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    Good shooting. He is for sure a good-un.
     

  3. Eaglet

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    Awesome shooting! Beautiful!
     
  4. theflyonthewall

    theflyonthewall Well-Known Member

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    Way to go WildRose!!

    I'd take those accomplishments any day over shooting another deer. I love my deer hunting, but that long of a shot on a big bobcat is just too cool to pass up.
     
  5. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Super cool!
     
  6. 7mmRemMag

    7mmRemMag Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful cat! Wow it's pretty big! You know I think the drought we've had here in Texas is actually helping these guys. Must be the quail and rabbits that are alittle more exposed now. We have seen a great increase in numbers. We had 4 guys on different set ups and each saw a bobcat. Nice kill man and awesome story! Great shot!
     
  7. royinidaho

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    Great shot! Great cat!

    Studio quality photograph.
     
  8. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Nice job!! Great shot and story. It is evident that your planning and practice payed off with a nice LR trophy. So how will you have him done? Just tanned , rug or mount? I hope to take my first bobcat this season. Just bought a license yesterday.

    Jeff
     
  9. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    He's going to be in a full body mount. A corner mought up on the wall in the den with him all blown up saying "I'm the big cat here"... . Just too nice of an animal not to do something like that with.

    That big old head of his with the full cheek feathers all done up is going to be awfully nice. Heck the taxidermist wanted to buy him from me if I didn't want him HA!
     
  10. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Sounds great! Make sure to post a finished pic when he is done.

    Jeff
     
  11. Maq Attaq

    Maq Attaq Well-Known Member

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    Great shot and congrats
     
  12. NZ Longranger

    NZ Longranger Writers Guild

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    WR,
    Are you sure about the terminal performance of the Scirocco for that job???
    :D:D:D:D:D
    Greg
     
  13. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Actually it made a pretty big ugly hole since it went stright out through the point of the shoulder.
     
  14. bigngreen

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    Great shot!! Bobs are hard to pic of!! How are the bellies down where your at?