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    Season has started!!!

    Deer season opened yesterday for management tags (MLD Tags). A buddy and I went over to my friends ranch to grill, hang out, put together his new rifle, and shoot some deer. Sounded like a pretty good day to me.

    First, we started the grill.







    Then, we took my buddy's rifle out of the box. It was a 20" Remington 700 SPS Tacticsl with threaded barrel and Hogue stock. I lapped the barrel and installed a Badger Ordnance Brake. Yanked it out of the Hogue stock, installed a 1.5lb Rifle Basix Trigger, and put it in an HS Precision Stock I had on hand. Mounted a Burris XTR 4-20x scope he is borrowing from me and bore sighted the rifle. I fired 1 round at 100 yards. Hit the bottom of the paper and adjusted up. Fired another round and hit the bullseye. My buddy got on the rifle and fired three rounds touching at 100 yards. Rounds 3/4/5 out of the new Remington Rifle.



    He adjusted right and we were good to go.

    My buddy then gifted me with an awesome knife!





    Quite impressive.

    We ate ribs until our own hurt. Tried our luck at dove hunting but the recent rain had them pushed out and decided to go deer hunting instead.

    Settled in on the hill and waited for the deer to start moving.



    First one out was a spike. Then some does and axis, followed by a skinny 8 point with weird horns still in velvet. My rancher friend told my buddy to take the spike first and then the scrawny 8 point if he could as they were both culls.

    He shot the spike through the neck as he looked our way. Dropping him. All the other deer bolted, including the 8 point. But, he stopped just shy of the brush and turned broadside to look back and my buddy sent a 168gr A-Max behind his shoulder. Hunching up, the buck ran about 35 yards and fell over dead.

    From box to zero, and 2 dead deer in about 3 hours. Not bad at all.





    The A-Max still works.





    I then used my new knife to butcher the deer.



    A pretty darn good day.
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    The 8 point was in poor condition because he had 4 broken teeth (two top / two bottom) on his left side. Guess it prevented him from eating well.
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    Re: Season has started!!!

    You guys are living the high life!
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    Re: Season has started!!!

    Sounds like a good day to me Zee! Looks like a hapy little guy there as well!
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    Very nice. Ten days and counting...


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    Re: Season has started!!!

    You are off to a heck of a start Congrats
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    MUCH knife envy, think it will work as a skinner? That is pretty cool to swap the parts on the rifle and get it on paper that tight AND get to put it to the test on some deer same day. I take it the 12 ga. pistol did not make the trip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIRO1989 View Post
    MUCH knife envy, think it will work as a skinner? That is pretty cool to swap the parts on the rifle and get it on paper that tight AND get to put it to the test on some deer same day. I take it the 12 ga. pistol did not make the trip?
    It skinned pretty well.

    I wasn't deer deer hunting that day. Just an observer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    It skinned pretty well.

    I wasn't deer deer hunting that day. Just an observer.
    Did you get a run down of the handle materials?

    PS: Kiss the cook, that is some good looking meat on the grill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIRO1989 View Post
    Did you get a run down of the handle materials?
    Not aware what the builder used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver43 View Post
    You are off to a heck of a start Congrats
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by early View Post
    You guys are living the high life!
    Blessed. That's for sure.
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    I love the look of those Damascus blades! That knife is beautiful. I am glad you had a good day, my friend!

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    Well, that looked like a great day! Wish I was there too :)

    About those triggers...
    I might need someones help. Rifle Basix and Timneys are pretty affordable that side of the pond unlike here. Here Timney costs over 200 dollars and Rifle Basixs are unheard of, sigh. Are there anyone who would like to help me and buy one and send it to me (I would pay it back of course)? I might need it for my Savage Axis. Same goes with Boyds stocks. I don't know how cheap the postage would be for private person to send something here from there but if it would be reasonable to still get them cheaper than local prices here I might be interested to get some help because I'm on very limited budget as usual with these things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurdusMerula View Post
    Well, that looked like a great day! Wish I was there too :)

    About those triggers...
    I might need someones help. Rifle Basix and Timneys are pretty affordable that side of the pond unlike here. Here Timney costs over 200 dollars and Rifle Basixs are unheard of, sigh. Are there anyone who would like to help me and buy one and send it to me (I would pay it back of course)? I might need it for my Savage Axis. Same goes with Boyds stocks. I don't know how cheap the postage would be for private person to send something here from there but if it would be reasonable to still get them cheaper than local prices here I might be interested to get some help because I'm on very limited budget as usual with these things.
    They don't pay too much for working with special needs kids in public schools :)
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    Re: Season has started!!!

    Awesome day. I started salivating at the first pic then had to go look for something to eat when I saw the second.

    Best pic is of the young fella though. Memories of a day like that for someone so young can be life changing.

    You done good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    Blessed. That's for sure.
    Much jealous. Seasons in Texas are very similar to the seasons in Louisiana.

    Seasons in Colorado are apparently decided by committee. There's plenty to hunt, but getting permission as to what you can hunt, where you can hunt it, and when you can hunt it is pure luck of the draw. If there's a white out blizzard in your area during the week you're allowed to hunt, you're pretty well screwed. And there's no guarantee you'll draw a tag next year. Sure, you can buy an "over the counter" tag....and pretty much hunt whatever species you want in the areas they don't reside.

    This convoluted licensing system here has pretty much taken the wind out of my sails for big game hunting here.

    I have a nice 20 ga SxS. I might just start targeting rabbits.

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    Dude, that is some mighty fine work, and in record time!
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    AWESOME!

    10 days & counting for me. Managed to scout the firing point I've been seeking for several years; upgraded the binos; got a rifle/scope combo optimized to the zone...

    Startin' to get the tinglies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linefinder View Post
    ...Sure, you can buy an "over the counter" tag....and pretty much hunt whatever species you want in the areas they don't reside....

    Mike
    That right there is my biggest beef with Colorado: they are clearly putting dollar signs ahead of hunt quality. By all accounts I’ve heard, the OTC tags are a waste of time, but a big money maker for CPW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    That right there is my biggest beef with Colorado: they are clearly putting dollar signs ahead of hunt quality. By all accounts I’ve heard, the OTC tags are a waste of time, but a big money maker for CPW.
    I will never hunt Colorado. It's too jacked up in more ways than one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    I will never hunt Colorado. It's too jacked up in more ways than one.
    As a Colorado resident for 14 years, I can take no offense at that.

    It's a pretty place to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    I will never hunt Colorado. It's too jacked up in more ways than one.
    After my “limited draw” elk hunt last season and witnessing the locust plague from Cali infect the state over the past decade, I completely get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linefinder View Post
    As a Colorado resident for 14 years, I can take no offense at that.

    It's a pretty place to look at.

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    Good food, clean kills with a brand new rifle, and smiles all around! Looks like a very good day to me! Love the looks of that knife, too.

    Been getting bad news around here regarding the deer. Blue tongue parasite is killing them in pretty big numbers in my area. Five known to have died from it within a mile of my house the last couple of weeks. They were found in hay fields that had just been harvested, and lots more in the general area. Easy to find the kills; just watch the buzzards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    After my “limited draw” elk hunt last season and witnessing the locust plague from Cali infect the state over the past decade, I completely get it.
    Grand Lake, Colorado is one of, if not the most, prettiest places I've seen in my life. I got ran out of town there in '74 by the cops, because after a month on the trails of RMNP, I guess me and my backpack looked a little too "hippie" for that place and time.

    But, I always remembered the beauty of that place, and 40 years later made back. It's still pretty, but if you look across the lake into the surrounding mountains with a decent pair of binocs you realize 75% of the trees are dead from beetle kill. It's too late, and ten years from now that place is going to look like it's been strip mined.

    The area around Mt. Rushmore is even worse.

    But, during the eco-friendly 70's controlled burning was frowned upon.

    God help us when the likes of John Denver drive policy.

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    It's funny you guys bringing all this up here and now. I've been reflecting the last few weeks how the quality of life here had been destroyed over the last ten to 15 years. Im glad it wasn't me just being a curmudgeon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    The latter is true.
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    What a great start!
    Great read and pics.
    Put a smile on my face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linefinder View Post
    Grand Lake, Colorado is one of, if not the most, prettiest places I've seen in my life. I got ran out of town there in '74 by the cops, because after a month on the trails of RMNP, I guess me and my backpack looked a little too "hippie" for that place and time.

    But, I always remembered the beauty of that place, and 40 years later made back. It's still pretty, but if you look across the lake into the surrounding mountains with a decent pair of binocs you realize 75% of the trees are dead from beetle kill. It's too late, and ten years from now that place is going to look like it's been strip mined.

    The area around Mt. Rushmore is even worse.

    But, during the eco-friendly 70's controlled burning was frowned upon.

    God help us when the likes of John Denver drive policy.

    Mike
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    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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