Ruger 6.5 claims first Horny victim

shooter10mmshooter10mm MemberPosts: 187 Member
Well Sunday morning proved to be a good day to be in the woods, deer are rutting like crazy here, and we're seeing it because it's actually kinda chilly here this year, so we're calling it the best rut we've actually seen in years! This dude was 6.5 years old and quite the handsome buck in my opinion! When I shot him all I knew was he was mature and a shooter. I'm one of those that depends on optics while in the stand..... I keep Binos glued to my eyes if I can see over 100 yards and am hunting a travel corridor like a Pine plantation, Gasline or Powerline. Most hunters that do not, would have seen this deer two seconds before he chased this Doe into an 8 year old clearcut and possibly vanished.
I saw her coming quartering towards me from left to right through the pines about 300 yards away 40 yards from entering the over grown cutover, I immediately went behind her to find the source of her panic and saw him and horns! I dropped the Binos went to the gun and whistled as loud as I could through my teeth and she did exactly what she's supposed to do, that rut crazed bucks sometimes won't do..... She stopped to investigate, that will to survive overode the impending **** lol. She stopped and looked straight towards my Box, I moved off her 5 yards behind her and there he stood wondering why she wasn't running from his advances any longer. I put the Dot right on the point of his right shoulder where his neck and shoulder joined and the little 6.5 Creedmoor 129gr Interbond eat and it absolutely crushed him!!!
He was 6.5 like I said and 228lbs, had nearly run all the fat off of himself at this point. Base of neck measured 23 inches! He's gonna get a spot in the trophy room!

I'm starting to like that little rifle!!


"You miss 100% of the shots you do not take!"
"As long as there's Lead in the air there's hope!
" -- Ralph Adkinson(Daddy) The original Marlboro Man


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,891 Senior Member
    Nice buck!

    Healthy sucker.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 8,868 Senior Member
    Nice deer! Congrats!!
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,398 Senior Member
    Nice :worthy:
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,675 Senior Member
    Beautiful work and great buck! Nice to see that 6.5 get it done.
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  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 1,170 Senior Member
    That's a heck of a buck, congrats!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,363 Senior Member
    Very respectable buck....well done!
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 14,946 Senior Member
    Mighty fine eatin' there, son.

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    government can't be allowed the 'moral' justification of religion."
  • shooter10mmshooter10mm Member Posts: 187 Member
    Thanks guys! I didn't pull the trigger on a Deer last year! 2016 was first year since 1984 I hadn't killed a deer and that's when I started hunting! It's been nice to not be soooo busy anymore!
    "You miss 100% of the shots you do not take!"
    "As long as there's Lead in the air there's hope!
    " -- Ralph Adkinson(Daddy) The original Marlboro Man
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 24,610 Senior Member
    Well you certainly made up for it! Good one!
    "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
  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,095 Senior Member
    Nicely done, Sir.

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,292 Senior Member
    A 6.8 would have killed him deader:jester:

    Nice deer, we are done in my neck of the woods unless you have a bow.
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    He does look fat and healthy.:up:
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  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 1,611 Senior Member
    Very nice.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,167 Senior Member
    Good looking buck, Congratulations
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  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,536 Senior Member
    Nice hunt , nice dark horned buck too.

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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,514 Senior Member
    Nice buck! Good planning. :up:

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