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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 

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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....
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.

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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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    the military rifle men and snipers have made some amaising long shot kills,  even with a 50 cai..  i like long range target shooting, gave up hunting years ago, but the ranges are disapearing and gun laws increasing.  if you have a 100 yard range on your property -- the noise bothers people a mile away, but silencers are legal now -- $200 fed. tax.
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We were pretty forgiving, H range has now been closed! The 3 gunners have taken over the last 400 yards for action bays. there were only 50 of us that were qualified to shoot on H range out of 1K members.




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The buck was back tonight.  Still limping, but not holding his leg up in the air when standing.  He also had two does with him.  Another buck was with him as well, quite a bit smaller.  He seems well on the way to recovery.  I'm pretty sure he is going to be OK.  He hasn't "been off his feed" at all.
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Good to hear. Their resilience is amazing.
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Duck season... poacher season... rabbit season... poacher season... poacher season...
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IF you had a good Game Warden, they could tranquilize the buck and get some medical attention for him. Then returning him back to where he came from. Hope and prayers for his recovery.
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

IF you had a good Game Warden, they could tranquilize the buck and get some medical attention for him. Then returning him back to where he came from. Hope and prayers for his recovery.
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Down here, if you don't find it pretty quick, you can hang up finding it, the coyotes will. 

I shot one years ago in a different club, double lung, saw blood coming out the other side when it ran off. I let it sit for 2 hours, then climbed down and tracked it. When I got within 20 yards of it, it jumped up and took off. 

Backed out, got help, and 3 of us tracked it. It ran another 200 yards, piled up in a creek, and had been nawed on by yotes when we found it 45 minutes later. 


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   happens in the best of familys,   a semi kill shot.   some guys carried a 1911 .45 to bring um down.
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It happens sometimes.  Even with a good shot and the best intentions they get away.  My dad shot a deer years ago, it went down the first shot.  It was a really nice 5 point muley.  We waited 20 minutes and watched it, it never moved.  Slowly walked up on it and it jumped up and took off, he shot is again and it went down for a bit, but jumped up and took off.  Lots of blood.  We literally tracked it all day long, 3 of us.  Next day came back and tracked it more, but eventually the blood stopped and we could not find it any more.  Miles of tracking.  Sad deal for sure. 

He had something similar with an elk once, shot it twice with a 7mm mag.  It went down, we waited nearly an hour.  Went up to it, it jumped up and ran off.  We tracked it all day long in the thick oak and brush.  Never found it. 
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The one that still brings tears to my eyes....I shot a massive kudu bull at about a 300yds distance. It went down. By the time we got to the spot it had gotten up and was gone. Lots of blood...we followed bloodspoor for about 3 hours. Then it got dark. Next day we picked up where we had left off. Pretty soon the blood became drops here and there and then nothing.

Someone else shot that bull a year later. The landowner phoned me to tell me. The wound mark was still visible. The shot had gone to high, missing the lungs but not hitting the spine. Worst news was this bull came in at 65 inches. A massive monster I have been hunting for all my life....
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Yes, I understand that "things happen".  
My biggest frustrations here are 1) there is a crowd that condones/brags about shooting but not killing their prey (which generally means that if there were not a grocery store nearby, they would starve to death)... they take no responsibility for what they've done, find no problem with causing another creature to suffer, basically don't care.  They don't shoot well... and don't care.  Hitting a 3'x3' target "somewhere" at 50 yards is "good enough" to go hunt and take a shot at any range.  I know one guy here who brags about how many deer he shoots, "gets blood", and then can't find...2) then there are poachers who combine all the traits above and go the further step of not obeying the hunting laws... think they can hunt whenever and wherever they want to with no consequence and if one "gets away"... oh well, I'll get the next one (maybe)... but once again, don't care (except possibly that they wasted a bullet).  This is not from anecdote, I've seen it, heard it, as well as having others tell me of their participation or of the participation of others.  
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Dan, I've had 2 friends that did the same thing when hunting on my place. Both wanted me to take the 2 fawns that were with the doe, and both times I refused. Both have all but quit hunting. Age and finding time to hunt have a lot to do with it, but I know those fawns have something to do with it too. There's still plenty of deer around my place.
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About 5 or 6 years ago, when I went to pick up elk meat from a game processor, the owner said, "I have something to show you," then pulled out a chunk of meat about 2 x 2 inches and a foot long with a scarred wound channel in it. Someone several years earlier had shot that cow right in the hindquarters...almost certainly from behind. She'd obviously recovered fairly well since I recall her looking normal.

But I hate shots like that. I can't tell you how many times my first (and often only view) of an elk has been that distinctive light patch on its rear. The thought of gut shooting an animal is shameful and unsporting. If you hunt long enough, you're eventually going to lose an animal or bird. I just wish these jerks would at least get to the range like most of us and take a little pride in a clean shot.
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Never could and still can't wrap my brain around someone bragging that they can't shoot accurately enough to make a kill. But we have those people here in Ga. as well. Our Hunting club we have a mandatory zero policy. We have to confirm with two witnesses that the rifle we hunt with is zeroed. We have to confirm that we can shoot a target at 30 yards with the bow that we hunt with. There will always be those bad luck days, nothing will ever change that, but taking steps to ensure that the Hunter is and his equipment is up to the task, is a step in the right direction. Especially given the political climate that are dealing with these days.
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The wounded 8-point was back tonight... had 5 does with him.  I heard one of them say "that Bad Boy got shot... and he's STILL a STUD."  He's still got some pain, not as fast as he has been, but moving pretty well.  Stood up on his back legs to make a scrape.  I am positive it was a .22 he was shot with.  
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I shot a doe this year with my cross bow and couldn't find it. Found the bolt, minus the fletching Saw the lighted nock disappear into the deer. 370 FPS with a 125 grain muzzy hybrid broadhead. 2 5/8ths oval cutting hole. I have never heard something thump a deer as hard and as loud. Sounded like I slapped it with a 2x4. 

No blood where the bolt was. I went to the last place I saw it, no blood. It was a damp day, and we had a very slight drizzle. This is the 5th deer I have shot with archery equip. I looked in the rain until I got lost and had to use my phone just to figure out where I was. 

First one dropped in its tracks. Second ran 30 yards and piled up. 3rd I hit in the neck and dropped it. 4th arrow broke off in the deer. Never found it or a drop of blood, and then there is this one. 

I eat mine, so I shoot them to take them out. I have seen the same bullets out of the same box drop one deer in its tracks, and the next, it runs off and you have to go find it. 

Last deer I shot this year was with my 308 and precision hunter ELDX. Dropped it. It flopped around for about a minute. Then got up and hobbled off the green field. It was shot a little far back, no blood trail besides what was right out in the field. It was raining. I found it. By sheer luck. 

I can sit there off a bench with any of my rifles and put up a 1 inch group or less. I practice with my bow out to 45 yards and inside 25, the deer is dead if I get a pass thru. Cross bow is dead on and I have the hash marks on the scope labeled on the stock. 

Most impressive blood trails I have seen lately are 30-30 FTX. Waiting to bust one with my 450 Bushmaster and see what that looks like. 
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