5th and Final Deer for my Boy!

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 18,963 Senior Member
This has been an amazing season for my boy. Since taking his first deer a few months ago (nice 8 point), he has taken a spike, doe, shed buck, and tonight..........another spike and his longest shot!!!

We went out Saturday morning to hunt and saw several big bucks and does. Even saw a couple spikes. But, they weren't in a location we could get a shot at them. So, we waited and went back out Saturday evening. Setting up my tent blind to overwatch a a big pasture.

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A couple does and yearlings came out early and crossed the opening. Along with a young Axis buck and yearling does. Nothing to shoot. We waited and waited, not expecting much in the pasture until just before sunset. We could see a BUNCH of deer in the brush up on the opposite hill and knew it would be just a matter of time before they worked their way down. Finally, about 6:15, they began to file into the field on the far side. Bucks, does, more does, more bucks.........and finally.........a SPIKE!!!

I had had my boy practicing aiming at birds on the far side of the field at about 238 yards. I asked him if he felt stead enough to shoot a deer that far away and he said he did. He would be shooting from a standing-supported position using the Spec-Rest. He had practiced this at 100 yards and had already taken a doe at 120 yards this way. He'd shot out to 300 yards from a bench. But, never that far from standing.

Well, the buck was feeding with the other deer on the far side of the field. I asked if he saw the one with two spikes sticking out the top of his head and he acknowledged, "So THAT is why they call them Spikes!" He got on him with the scope, I dialed in the dope for him and he got ready.

With my friend sitting next to me and my boy standing between us..............the buck lined up broadside and my boy sent a 105gr A-Max across the field and into the buck with a resounding "thump"!

226 yards away!!!!

The deer jumped and ran out into the pasture. After a little ways........he laid down.

The red arrow shows where the buck was standing at the shot.

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The end to an amazing season!!!!

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I am grateful for God's creation and the friends he has provided that have given my boy such an opportunity to grow. He is leaps and bounds ahead of me at that age!!! I hadn't shot my first deer at 10 let alone 5 in my first season!!! He is a better shot than I was at that age as well. I am humbled and amazed.

226 yards..........

Entrance:

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Exit:

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............through the heart.


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Thank you all for your patience as I share the adventures of a growing boy.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

Comments

  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,691 Senior Member
    Simply Outstanding!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,679 Senior Member
    Hope you don't like eating the hearts. He's making eating them a problem.
    Five one shot kills with a "lesser" deer cartridge.
    Good stuff!
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,540 Senior Member
    I'm not sure if your son realizes it yet...but he's the luckiest kid in the world... Well done!
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,579 Senior Member
    :worthy:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 13,756 Senior Member
    Nice shooting, yet again!
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,122 Senior Member
    Absolutely fantastic .

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,621 Senior Member
    Tell him great shooting
    My new Signature
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 5,878 Senior Member
    Your son is probably a better shot than a lot of the members here, myself included.

    The young man is doing excellent, keep up the good work pop.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,320 Senior Member
    Not much else can be added to what has already been said. Except, one more Congratulations for a magnificent first season.
    And a hearty Job Well Done to you.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,593 Senior Member
    I like your red arrows. Kinda reminds me of where another good shot made its mark on the HMS Victory:

    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,000 Senior Member
    If I move to Texas, will you adopt me?
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,411 Senior Member
    Simply Outstanding!

    +1 :applause:
    Knowledge is essential to living freely and fully; understanding gives knowledge purpose and strength; wisdom is combining the two and applying them appropriately in words and actions.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,357 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    I'm not sure if your son realizes it yet...but he's the luckiest kid in the world... Well done!

    Yep. You guys are definitely excellent deer enablers.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    If I move to Texas, will you adopt me?


    I already tried that 2 deer ago. Great job Z sr and jr.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,579 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    I already tried that 2 deer ago. Great job Z sr and jr.
    Wouldn't that be Z & z??
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,963 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Wouldn't that be Z & z??

    Ha!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,963 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    I already tried that 2 deer ago. Great job Z sr and jr.

    Stick around. You might win me over.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,707 Senior Member
    Wonderful job by the young man! The 200 yard barrier is milestone, for sure, let along 226!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,046 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    I'm not sure if your son realizes it yet...but he's the luckiest kid in the world... Well done!
    His smile tells me that he does! Outstanding job raising that young man right! :cool2:
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton

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