Axis Spike Culled

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 19,970 Senior Member
At the request of my Rancher Friend, I took a hunter out to cull an axis Deer yesterday evening. 

Set up a pop-up blind next to a well pump so it wouldn’t be noticed in order to watch a fence crossing. 

Earlier, we had the hunter practice with the Rancher’s .308 Win rifle and 168gr A-Max ammo. He shot it well and it was time to go hunting. 

We we had a few does and a button buck axis come out along with a ton of whitetail. He tried to get a shot at one of the does, but she wouldn’t stand still. 

Finally, a big bodied spike came out at 134 yards and stood broadside. I dialed 1 Min in the turrets and told him to shoot the spike. 

Looking through ugh my binos, I see his shot strike the hillside about a foot and a half above the buck’s back!!!  Holy crap!!!

At the shot, every whitetail and every other Axis take off for safer parts. Except.....the spike he shot at!!

I reach over and zero the turret, thinking something went wrong. I work the bolt for the hunter as he hadn’t done it yet.......and say, “Shoot at him again!”  

The hunter says, “I tried to shoot him in the neck.”

”No!  Shoot him behind the shoulder!”

He aims in and is taking an eternity (seconds). 

“He won’t stand there fore ever!  Shoot him!”

The rifle goes off and I see him jump, then take off on a death run for about 40 yards. Stopping in the high grass of the pasture, I see him falter and fall over backwards. 

Score!!!




"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    Loaded him up and took him to the barn. 

    A perfect heart shot. 

    Entrance. 





    Right through the middle of the heart. 



    Exit. 








    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    Of course, I saved the nuts and what was left of the heart. 


    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    Cooked them up tonight and my boy and I ate them. 

    Butter
    Garlic Powder
    Homemade Rib Rub
    2 Min in the Pan







    It was amazing!!!

    Officially my two favorite parts of a deer. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    I continue to absolutely love the accuracy and performance of the A-Max bullet. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 14,345 Senior Member
    Nice looking pelt on that animal!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    It’s in the freezer for you. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 14,345 Senior Member
    I will give you a shout once I get settled back in from vacation and get something set up with the tanner. I appreciate it!
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 38,852 Senior Member
    34 yards (assuming 100 yard zero)requires one minute ?
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    edited November 9 #10
    No, but the doe we had been trying to get was about 165 yards away and the group the spike was with was trying to move their direction. 

    I knew one MOA wouldn’t make a difference at 135 yards. But, if he didn’t get a shot at that time, missed and it ran, or whatever.........the added dope would help if the distance increased. 

    Basically, the added MOA would get us a center hold out to about 175 yards. 

    When I took that dope out after he missed is because I thought something had gone terribly wrong with the turrets for him to have missed so high. Turns out, he had not aimed at the body as I instructed/assumed and had aimed high on the neck. 

    Communication is key. I said to aim one place. He decided to aim elsewhere. That’s fine. Tell me before the shot. Because when he missed high, I thought we had a mechanical error. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 38,852 Senior Member
    Gotcha. 
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,815 Senior Member
    You got it done Coach!
    Axis is is on my hit list...To kill and to eat
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    I actually enjoy taking others hunting. Probably more than hunting myself. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,041 Senior Member
    Nice job keeping the shooter on track.  I have guys get cute with shots like that in the field and it usually ends poorly.  
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 19,970 Senior Member
    I am all for head and neck shots. But, the shooter has to be good enough and the conditions and equipment capable. 

    It ain’t a stunt shot. 


    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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