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My first game animal with the 6.5-284 Winchester

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 27,466 Senior Member
Blackbuck Antelope

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Went out to the ranch this morning where I've been eradicating hogs at night. I'd been seeing this buck as I scouted out locations for the hogs during the day. But, I never had anything with me to take him with and he was skittish enough to split every time he saw me from a distance. Well, today I was ready.

Dropped off in a low spot from where I'd been seeing him in the wheat fields. Stalked up a bar ditch along the two track road that paralleled the fence to the field. As I topped the rise, i saw him out in the field. Kept crawling along the ditch until I reached some trees that provided cover to pop out of the ditch. Ranged him at 133 yards and set up to shoot between a gate post and gate but he was partially obscured by close vegetation to me. So, I waited for him to walk forward a bit. Finally, he did and I sent the 140gr A-Max on it's way.

On impact, he tensed up and froze. Then, his back end sank to the ground slowly and he fell over on his side. It was over.

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The last Blackbuck I've taken were back in the mid '90s. Both of those were taller and more mature (Black). But, this one is wider and heavier (bases) than either of my other bucks. I'm pretty happy.

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I was sorely tempted to bring a handgun and take him that way, but I'd never taken an animal with my 6.5-284 that my friend built me and it had been a few years since I'd gotten it. Figured, it was time for that rifle to fulfill it's duty.

The A-Max performed perfectly as always. Excellent terminal performance. Can't ask for better.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Your face seems so expressionless.

    I'm smiling on the inside.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,591 Senior Member
    Gorgeous buck. What's the barrel length on that riffle?
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    bobbyrlf3 wrote: »
    Gorgeous buck. What's the barrel length on that riffle?

    Thanks.

    26"
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    Very nice mount.

    Zee wrote: »
    .....26"

    Looking at the photo I was thinking 28''.

    Mind you, I am used to seeing you with something short and stumpy in your mitts.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    I think that pic is an improvement
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    Nice animal though
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    shush wrote: »
    Very nice mount.




    Looking at the photo I was thinking 28''.

    Mind you, I am used to seeing you with something short and stumpy in your mitts.

    It may be 27". I'd have to check.

    Oh, and whose been sending you this OTHER pics? CPJ said he'd keep them private.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I think that pic is an improvement

    Without a doubt.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Very nice blackbuck! I have never seen a live on in oerson. Has to be a cool critter to hunt if he's given you the slip before. Great to hear that the 6.5 x 284 worked out so well.
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Nicely done Zee! Now what do you do with it ? Is the meat any good to eat? Robin :applause:
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,143 Senior Member
    Very nice! I like Hawken am wondering how he tastes?
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Very nice blackbuck! I have never seen a live on in oerson. Has to be a cool critter to hunt if he's given you the slip before. Great to hear that the 6.5 x 284 worked out so well.

    They are an open country or space brush animal. Much akin to pronghorn. And apparently, they have decent sight as well.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    HAWKEN wrote: »
    Nicely done Zee! Now what do you do with it ? Is the meat any good to eat? Robin :applause:

    He's quartered and in a cooler. Last time I ate one was in the mid '90s. But, if I remember correctly, it was good. It's a nice dark meat with no strong smell like an pronghorn. Hope to cook some this weekend.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Awesome animal, congrats!
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Sweet. One day I want to hunt some different critters like that.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,502 Senior Member
    Very nice looking animal, nice blackbuck, too!!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    I've only taken free range Aoudad and Blackbuck in regards to introduced game. I would love to take an Axis buck that run wild around here as well.

    I'm not much for high fence or game reserve places.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    Very nice looking animal, nice blackbuck, too!!

    Hardy har.

    :-)
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,118 Senior Member
    I think I hate you...kinda sorta....That being said...Well Done! Very nice critter...
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    I'm going to break out the skulls of the other two I've taken and compare them all side by side. The more I look at this one, the closer I think he might be.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,046 Senior Member
    Wow. Much hunt. Such animal



    Sorry. I'm running a fever, and it seemed REALLY funny to me.

    Nice animal, great hunt!
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,749 Senior Member
    Pretty critter.

    And I'm really groovin' on that rifle.

    BTW.....I see you finally got that facelift.

    Mike
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    Pretty critter.

    And I'm really groovin' on that rifle.

    BTW.....I see you finally got that facelift.

    Mike

    Thanks.

    Thats ta probably my favorite "hunting" bolt action rifle. It's just built right. Weight/balance/scope are all perfect and it's exceptionally accurate.

    I'm going for the whole, "Man with no Face" thing.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    So there is free range Aoudad, Black buck, and axis deer where you hunt? Over the counter tags or lottery? Very cool critter, hope he tastes good, how much did he(?) weigh on the hoof?
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    So there is free range Aoudad, Black buck, and axis deer where you hunt? Over the counter tags or lottery? Very cool critter, hope he tastes good, how much did he(?) weigh on the hoof?

    Yes.

    No tags, limit, or season on introduced species. Just need a hunting license.

    Don't know how much he weighed. But, I could load him in the truck easily. Maybe 75-85 pounds.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I've only taken free range Aoudad and Blackbuck in regards to introduced game. I would love to take an Axis buck that run wild around here as well.

    I'm not much for high fence or game reserve places.

    I just remembered that I've taken 2 free range Oryx as well. Don't know how I forgot those. One skull is on top of my entertainment center in the living room and the other in the rock garden by my front door.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,496 Senior Member
    Very happy for you.
    Nice looking rig for sure.
    No surprise on the A-Max performance.
    That and an aoudad are two animals I have always wanted to hunt in the states.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    Very happy for you.
    Nice looking rig for sure.
    No surprise on the A-Max performance.
    That and an aoudad are two animals I have always wanted to hunt in the states.

    Thanks.
    Yes, the A-Max did as expected. I have the autopsy photos. Just haven't edited them yet. I'll get them up tomorrow. The Aoudad hunt was likely one of my most memorable hunts. Absolutely awesome with breathtaking scenery and a serious kick in the nuts before it was all over. Good times that liked to have broke me.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,466 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    That's not him. There's no sexy 70's 'stache action going on in that picture.

    Yeah. Not sure the correlation with the shitzu or whatever lap dog that is.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 2,036 Senior Member
    Good hustle! Sounds like yr rifle performed perfectly! You need to smile more
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