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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

 WOOTER.... Hey Buddy. Good to see ya again. I told my Girlfriend about your zapper experience, she wet her pants too. LOL 

Hug Good to see you back were you belong....
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

 WOOTER.... Hey Buddy. Good to see ya again. I told my Girlfriend about your zapper experience, she wet her pants too. LOL 

Hug Good to see you back were you belong....
Thanks my brother.... Lile and I have talked a few times during my absence. I'm sure he passed along my well wishes to all of you. I'm happy to be back. 
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Originally posted by Sparky Sparky wrote:

A buddy of mine is a RO at a range that goes to 600yds. But they make you qualify at 200yds before you can shoot any farther. To qualify you have to shoot 3 rounds in a 4inch dot. He tells me about these guys with their custom rifles laugh and say that's easy. Most can't even hit the paper let alone the dot.
 

The one public range I visit is similar: 600 yard max distance, qualify at 300 to be allowed to shoot there.  I think the target is a 6" bull, has to be 3 rounds in the bull to shoot at 600 - no fliers.  And I too have watched many an idiot (require many cease fires) shoot up many targets to get a qualifying target.  It saddens me.

I still have my first qualifying target from there, I posted it several years ago: 2 rounds touching, one about 1/2 inch away.  Done with a 5r 308, which I should not have sold.  




Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

 I have only ever lost two deer in my many years of hunting. Both times I put them down with the first shot, got out of the stand, and they got up. They were big deer in both cases. One was a Boone and Crocket contender for sure. It was a very easy 70 yard shot with my 300 wm. The deer got up and made it to a river and was gone. Only a 25 yard distance to that river. The other I have no explanation for except that these animals possess a remarkable will to live. Even dead they can and have traveled some incredible distances before being recovered. I had one that the heart was gone and half of both lungs, and that animal we tracked for two hours through brambles and bratches over a two hundred and fifty yard distance. Still though, 95% of them go down right where I shot them.
 

On our walkers at this particular ranch, I was present for one a few years ago where the shooter went a bit high, the round missed the spine but hit hard enough to knock the animal out for a few minutes.  The other was a shot on vitals that went too far forward, it zipped above the front legs, took some meat off the front quarters, but missed everything really important.  The deer could walk and run (kinda) but was not mortally wounded.  That said, there is a healthy coyote population, and he would not have survived long.

One friend shot a deer, left it on the ground for a bit, loaded it onto a trailer, took it back to camp, went into the lodge to get a drink, came back out and his son said, "Dad, your dear is leaving."  That deer had been on the ground for almost an hour, on the trailer for about 20 minutes, and finally decided to shamble off.  I missed the events, but did hear the 6 year old tell the tale, all while his dad giggled and shook his head.  For the record, the hunter was one of the best hunters I know.

When I took my trophy this year (knowing that when I squeeze the trigger, whether I recovered the animal or not, that was my trophy), I put the round exactly where I wanted it, immediately racked another, and stayed on the deer for a good 10 minutes before I came off scope and put the weapon on safe.  He did twitch his tail once and almost got a second round for that.

Always be ready for a second shot.
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Hunt long enough and you can see all sort of things that make you wonder. I remember as young lad hearing tales and thinking, "yeah right" as I grew older I have come to realize many of those tales may well have been true.
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The wounded deer showed up again tonight.  He has lost some weight, but is eating well.  I suspect he has not been traveling far... big limp and still carrying the right leg whenever he is standing still.  No outward signs of infection, but I just can't tell.  However, his eyes seem clear and he moves well except for the limp.  Nice 8 point.  Shame.  

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Hopefully he recovers fully. He may have a stunted rack on the left side next year, depending on how much healing takes place between now and the beginning of antler development for next season. As long as he's eating good, and staying active, those are good signs. My guess is he's young and strong, and he should recover fully. 
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