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Doe with the .260 Remington and my boy.

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 26,575 Senior Member
Took my boy hunting yesterday evening to the field I often sit on. We arrived at about 4:45 and sat next to the irrigation pump shack with the sun to our back.

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Plan was to use my MOA Maximum in .308 Winchester & 168gr A-Max until the light faded too much.

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Then, switch to my .260 Remington & 140gr A-Max for the last 15 minutes or so of shooting light.

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We waited and waited as the sun set. Finally, I swapped out to the .260 Remington and scanned the fields edge as light faded away. Finally, with less than 4 minutes left in legal shooting light, I saw a deer to my right. I panned the rifle and saw a doe through the scope on the other side of the fence at the fields edge. She was walking along the fence to my right. I told my boy I was going to shoot. Followed the doe in the scope. She paused at a slight quartering angle. I aimed just right of the point of her shoulder. Intending to drop her at the shot and avoid he running off into the pending darkness. I fired.

Lost in recoil..........and wearing ear plugs........I didn't hear a gratifying impact and couldn't find the deer in the scope again. Didn't see her running, but it was pretty dark. I felt like the shot was good. I was on her shoulder when I pulled the trigger. I was confident enough that I texted some friends as to the success.

My boy and I packed our gear and took it back to the truck. We then wandered across the field in the dark, crossed the fence, and began to look for the deer where I suspected she was when I shot. Nothing. I spent the next hour walking every which way. No blood. No tracks. Nothing!!!!

I scanned the field with the light. The grass was about shin high and clover about knee high, but I was pretty sure she was on the opposite side of the fence from my shooting position. After 30 more minutes........I began to look for reasons I might have missed. Finally discovering............in the general location I knew she was standing............a broken wire on the fence. Crap!!! I must have hit the fence with the bullet.

By this point, my boy was cold and hungry. I was frustrated and tired. We headed home. But, before I left, I checked the weather and the forecast was in the lower 30s with frost. I would return at first light.

I returned in the cold grey light of dawn and crossed the fence again. I wandered back and forth as the sun rose over every trail for a 100 yard half circle. NOTHING!! The cows were enjoying watching me from the field. Right up next to the fence.........this Jackwaggon wandering too and fro and finally conceding to defeat. I missed.

I jumped the fence to head back to the truck................and the cows parted..................there was my deer. Laying in the grass.........about 5 yards from the fence........on the SHOOTING side of the fence! She was obscured by the patch of clover in the night while I was shining the flashlight. The cows had found her and trampled the grass lower around her in the night.

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She had dropped exactly where hit. And that broken strand of wire? The bullet striking the fence...........AFTER passing through the deer..........is all I can guess.

Elated I'd found her! Frustrated I didn't see her last night, though. The weather had kept her cool and it was time to take her home. Now, the work began.

Seems............somehow.........I'd broken my foot last week.

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Had Surgery last Friday to pin all the broken pieces parts back together.

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My house is a "No Pity Zone". I was driving left footed the day after surgery. I've been to the range 4 times since. I don't mope. I don't sit around. I want no sympathy. If soldiers and friends can conquer the world with missing/defective limbs..............I can suck it up, Nancy! I went hunting!!!

Now, to get the deer out.......I'd already come up with a plan.

Game Cart
Nylon Webbing
Carabiner
Rigger's Belt

BAM
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Gonna take more than that to slow me down!!! OK, maybe it slowed me down.............but it ain't gonna stop me!!!

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Boy and I were sitting at "1".
Thought the deer's path was in red and shot her at "3".
Actual path was in yellow and shot her at "2".

Shot was 178 yards.
Pulled her in the cart 260 yards back to the truck on crutches.

My boy was ecstatic this morning when I returned with the deer.

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We had a good time. I got my first deer with this particular .260 Remington Rifle. I figured out a new way to use the game cart (which I will continue to do so in the future). More meat in the freezer.
Went to the Dr office for my scheduled visit this morning after butchering the deer. She looked at the gauze and ace wrap. Then the crutches. Then me.

"That's cow poop on my foot and deer blood on the crutches", I said.

"Interesting", she replied.

X-Rays show I didn't screw anything up. Carry on!!!

Autopsy Photos later after they download.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • twatwa Senior Member Posts: 2,245 Senior Member
    Nice job, time with the boy well spent. I bet that was a trick, rolling her out on crutches!
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    He looks like his Dad.

    Don't jam up the good foot.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,761 Senior Member
    I was gonna chime in with a smart ass comment about adding .01 - but this story *is* impressive! Be careful with that foot - its the only one ya got!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,686 Senior Member
    Nicely done, DON'T stress that foot and get an infection, you want to be walking on that foot and hunting when you are 70, correct?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    Autopsy

    .260 Remington
    140gr A-Max

    MV: 2,825 fps
    Distance: 178 yards
    Angle: Quartering Towards
    Impact Velocity: 2,555 fps (est.)
    Distance Traveled: 0 yards

    Entrance:
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    Entrance Under Hide:
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    Entrance Under Shoulder:
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    Entrance to Ribs:
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    Thoracic Cavity:
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    Blood Removed:
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    Organs Removed:
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    Damage to Lungs:
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    The bullet took out the front of both lungs, the carotid artery, wind pipe, and damaged the esophagus.

    Exit Under Shoulder:
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    The bullet broke one rib exiting and penetrated (breaking) the off side shoulder's scapula before exiting the shoulder.

    Exit Through Shoulder:
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    Exit Through Hide:
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    Yet again the 140gr A-Max out of a 6.5mm cartridge proves to be exceptionally accurate and deadly. Point of impact was exactly as planned and the impact, resulting hydrostatic shock, and damage to organs/skeletal system dropped the deer where she stood.

    I am exceptionally pleased with the rifle, cartridge, and bullet.

    I like my 6.5s!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    That's cow poop on my foot and deer blood on the crutches"



    You're my hero.

    The "Poop & Blood".

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    Don't plan on washing it off. The gauze and ace wrap had more on them. The Dr office saw fit to throw those away and give me new ones. :guns:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    Well....

    I guess it is no secret that you are a jackass now. 8 days post op from open heart surgery, I was in a crawlspace fixing plumbing. I quit the pain meds so I could drive again. That said, you are a dumbass. No, you do not need sympathy. Pity is useless and accomplishes nothing-- but you need to heal! Trying to be a badass and stuff looks cool, but it screws you later in life. That, and you have absolutely nothing to prove.

    I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you know your limitations and will save you from yet another call from my bosses wife.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    Nothing to prove. I'm an idiot for it happening in the first place. But, I ain't gonna sit around. Can't. So, I've nobody to impress and nothing to prove.

    I'm just me. With all the stupidity and stubbornness that comes with that.

    The X-Rays today showed me that NOTHING I've done since surgery has altered or damaged the work they did. That means I am accomplishing my goal without adverse effect. I'm good to go.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    The X-Rays today showed me that NOTHING I've done since surgery has altered or damaged the work they did. That means I am accomplishing my goal without adverse effect. I'm good to go.
    Good to hear. I can't sit still either and understand that my GOOD advice and what I actually do are different things. Doing what I did is bad advice to give to a friend.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    I've mulled the "nothing to prove". That statement is false.

    What is true about it is that I have NOTHING to prove to ANYONE else. I am my own man. But, being my own man..........means that I incessantly have to prove to MYSELF that..........yes......I.....can. For me.........and nobody else. So that, when faced with adversity............I can say.........piss on can't! I WILL!

    I will not stop. I will not roll over. I will not die.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    Just keep the "yes I will" in check with being crippled before you turn 50. Don't do crap that Zee 10 years from now will kick the Zee right now in the balls for.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    Nice shot, BTW.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Don't do crap that Zee 10 years from now will kick the Zee right now in the balls for.

    Hell, I been doing THAT my whole life!!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    Me too, but at least I give it a bit of consideration now.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,715 Senior Member
    If the doc said you can walk, then walk. Doesnt matter if it cow patties you are walking through or the mall. If she tells you to sit, then sit. It isnt rocket science.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,563 Senior Member
    The mustache: horrid.

    The hunt: awesome.
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    JasonMPD wrote: »
    The mustache: horrid.

    The hunt: awesome.

    No kiss for you!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    It's not really a mustache. Not sure what it is, but it leaves his face and sits in his lap while he watches TV in the evening.
    You win the internet tonight!
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,563 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    No kiss for you!!

    80s porn isn't en vogue anymore.
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Those fractures were bad enough, the pins were an eye opener, the obivous deformities, calcium deposits and degenerative disease process, walk ???? How are you walking without massize doses of pain medication as in narcotics ?
    You must be in constant agony and searing pain.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,301 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    What is true about it is that I have NOTHING to prove to ANYONE else. I am my own man. But, being my own man..........means that I incessantly have to prove to MYSELF that..........yes......I.....can. For me.........and nobody else. So that, when faced with adversity............I can say.........piss on can't! I WILL!

    I will not stop. I will not roll over. I will not die.

    This.

    I agree entirely with the above Zee.

    Great to see you out and about with your young fella. Also good to see that you persisted by going back the following morning and bringing the hunt to a successful conclusion, and in the process showing your boy that, a good hunter who is confident in his abilities and equipment, doesn't concede defeat easily.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    It all sounds like a piece of fiction to me.
























































































    What no Captain Flint?

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    Zee wrote: »
    ............The X-Rays today showed me that NOTHING I've done since surgery has altered or damaged the work they did..................


    See above!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    JasonMPD wrote: »
    80s porn isn't en vogue anymore.

    ****!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    How are you walking without massize doses of pain medication as in narcotics ?
    You must be in constant agony and searing pain.

    Orders are not to put any weight on the injured foot. Therefore, I don't. I only use my left leg. In motion, I hook my right foot around my left calf for support and just use the crutches for balance with all weight and drive on/from my left leg.

    800mg Ibuphrofen as needed. Non-narcotic.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    This.

    I agree entirely with the above Zee.

    Great to see you out and about with your young fella. Also good to see that you persisted by going back the following morning and bringing the hunt to a successful conclusion, and in the process showing your boy that, a good hunter who is confident in his abilities and equipment, doesn't concede defeat easily.

    Thank you!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    easy there. We like to tell him those make him "special"

    Wait.......you mean........these AREN'T magic hands and feet?!?!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,575 Senior Member
    shush wrote: »

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    My daugheter is currently reading that book.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    6 weeks after having my ACL reconstructed I spent the entire weekend pheasant hunting. Walked like 12 miles over hill and dale. My knee swelled up like a balloon and my physical therapist was not impressed.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,913 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Just keep the "yes I will" in check with being crippled before you turn 50. Don't do crap that Zee 10 years from now will kick the Zee right now in the balls for.
    Zee wrote: »
    Hell, I been doing THAT my whole life!!!

    Does this give anybody else a mental picture of Zee doing some bizarre Riverdance thing in which he rapidly, repeatedly, and artistically kicks himself in the junk. . .set to Irish folk music? Possibly doing it in formation with Jermanator and CPJ? With significant items from "probably smarter if I didn't" activities spaced around as stage props?

    Or is that just me?
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,686 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Save it. Seriously. The ONLY reason to offer advice is so that you can say "I told you so" later.

    That's fine, just be sure to buy your wife flowers and fine chocolates on a regular basis, she will be the one wiping you butt for you when you are 70:jester:
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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