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Last Deer of General Season! #168409 01/17/2016 6:48 AM
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The General Season closes tomorrow and I wasn't planning on hunting. So today was going to be my last chance to take a buck I've been after a couple weeks. It was a windy afternoon. So much so that I put off going to the range and shooting the Ruger Scout Rifle until tomorrow. But, being my last day to hunt for this buck, I grabbed my Encore Pistol w/ MGM .30-06 barrel and headed for the field.

I hobbled my way out to a tall patch of grass and hunkered down.The deer don't come out until after 6:00 usually and I had a pretty good idea where they would come from.





Shots would range from sub 100 yards to just over 200 yards, depending on where they jumped the fence to enter the field.

As the sun set and the magic hour approached, I began to glass the tree and fence line. Hoping to see a sign of life. I even said a little prayer. Asking for one more chance at that freak horned buck that I'd only seen once before.



Then, at approximately 6:08 PM, I say him coming through the trees and approaching the road. "Holy crap! It's him"

He exited the trees and started walking down the dirt road on the other side of the fence from the field I was in. He needed to cross that fence! But, he continued to walk down the road a ways. Then, he stopped and all I could see was his head. Waiting and watching, I willed him to jump the fence. But, he wanted to scan the field first to look for danger and other deer, I assume. Finally, I saw him jump the fence just past the gate that I myself had climbed.

Now, he was in the field but obscured by a rise in the field and tall grass. If he went to my left, I'd have to re-position the BogPod. Fortunately, he went right.............and stopped right behind the 1 scrub mesquite tree between he and I. So, I waited again. Contemplated shifting to my left and getting a clear shot through the tree, but he finally started walking to my right and cleared it.

At just over 80 yards, I pushed my earplugs the rest of the way in and acquired him in the scope and tracked him as he slowly walked out into the field. When everything was right...........I squeezed the trigger.

BOOM!

The gun recoiled and I saw the deer buck his hind legs into the air and take off running. Ejecting the spent case and reaching for another round, I kept my eye on him as i reloaded. But, it was unnecessary. After a 38 yard run, his head lowered and he flipped end over end, coming to rest in a cloud of dust.

MINE!!!

I said a quick thank you to God and quickly grabbed my gear in the fading light.

I knew he had an odd rack, but as I approached him in the twilight, I was amazed to see exactly HOW odd it was!



He was what I guess you could call a typical 6 point frame with a split beam on his right antler and a rear facing kicker on his left. Making him a freaky 8 point. Rather cool and not bad for only having a field to hunt.



1. My Position
2. Buck exits the trees and walks down the road.
3. Buck jumps the fence.
4. Point of impact at the shot.
Yellow line = Line of fire
5. Where he fell.



A = Where he was when I shot.
B = Where he fell.

Being so close to the road, I opted no to retrieve my game cart and rather just drag him to the road. It seemed a good idea at the time. Being gimped up and having just had the pins removed from my foot..................by the time I got him to the road.................I was dragging him on my hands and knees. Fun times!!!

Encore Pistol w/ 15" Full Bull MGM barrel in .30-06 Springfield shooting 125gr Hornady SST bullets and topped with a Weaver 2.5-8x pistol scope.





A great end to a great General Season!!!

I still have two more cull hunts lined up this week during the extended spike/doe season. Gotta decide what to use................

Autopsy to follow later.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Zee] #168411 01/17/2016 7:33 AM
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Congrats! Great way to end the season!


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: pab1] #168414 01/17/2016 12:33 PM
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Great job Zee !

Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Casull Time] #168415 01/17/2016 12:40 PM
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Congrats on ending the general season with a good buck!


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: REDHAWK1954] #168417 01/17/2016 1:14 PM
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Nice!

Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: bullsi1911] #168419 01/17/2016 1:52 PM
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Excellent story!
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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Ernie] #168420 01/17/2016 1:57 PM
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Unique buck -- congrats!

Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Mark Hampton] #168424 01/17/2016 3:55 PM
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Thanks for sharing your hunt. Nice deer, and I like the map to let us see more about the setup, and the harvest.

Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Boot] #168427 01/17/2016 5:02 PM
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Thanks guys!


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Ernie] #168428 01/17/2016 5:03 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Ernie
Excellent story!
You are a slow learner when it comes to your limitations...


Denial.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Boot] #168429 01/17/2016 5:04 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Boot
Thanks for sharing your hunt. Nice deer, and I like the map to let us see more about the setup, and the harvest.


Thanks. Yeah, the map kinda helps put things in perspective.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Zee] #168431 01/17/2016 6:21 PM
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Nice whitetail taken with a very big gun.....Keep knockin them dead.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: jamesfromjersey] #168433 01/17/2016 7:25 PM
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 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
Nice whitetail taken with a very big gun.....Keep knockin them dead.


Two more deer hunts this week for does.......hopefully.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Zee] #168435 01/17/2016 7:45 PM
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Congrats on a cool buck!


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: KRal] #168442 01/17/2016 10:10 PM
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Gun: Encore Pistol w/ 15" Barrel
Bullet: Hornady 125gr SST
Muzzle Velocity: 2,964 fps
Distance: Approx 85 yrds
Angle: Broadside / Pass Through
Impact Velocity: Estimated 2,700 fps
Distance Traveled: 38 yards

Entrance


Under Hide (Passed through on side shoulder w/o striking bone.)


Under Shoulder


Through Ribs (Broke Two Ribs on Entry)


Thoracic Cavity


Blood Removed


Lungs Removed (Entered front of right lung and separated it from the rest of the organ. Severed artery to heart and exited front of left lung. Damaged esophagus and severed carotid artery.)






Exit Thoracic Cavity (Broke two ribs.)


Exit Through Ribs


Exit Under Shoulder


Exit Through Shoulder (No bone struck.)


Exit Through Hide


At the high impact velocity, the bullet caused extensive permanent as well as temporary damage to the internal organs. Hydrostatic shock was present, but not near enough to the central nervous system (spine) to cause temporary incapacitation. Therefore, the deer was able to run a short distance before the lungs/heart gave out and caused death. The damage to multiple organs (heart/lungs) as well as the carotid and wind pipe, combined to cause a rapid loss of oxygenated blood to the brain.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Zee] #168453 01/18/2016 12:46 AM
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Nice deer Zee. I used an 129 gr 6.5 SST in a 14 in Competitor 6.5 Rem Mag last year at 35 yds. Front lobes of lungs and plumbing on top of heart .Only a few drops of blood on ground but only 30yd tracking job.


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Excellent shot. That 125 does a wonderful job on causing chaos.

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Great job !! I liked the map and the photos of results were cool.

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The Eyeless Hunter strikes again. Unique deer and great shooting. Between James doing action shots Boar hunting and you doing satellite imagery, the rest of us gotta step up our interweb skills!!


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: junebug] #168466 01/18/2016 3:23 AM
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 Originally Posted By: junebug
Nice deer Zee. I used an 129 gr 6.5 SST in a 14 in Competitor 6.5 Rem Mag last year at 35 yds. Front lobes of lungs and plumbing on top of heart .Only a few drops of blood on ground but only 30yd tracking job.


Thanks. I've only taken game with the 140gr A-Max from any of my 6.5s. Though, I do have some 130gr Scirroco II bullets loaded for my 6.5-284 Winchester.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Zee] #168467 01/18/2016 3:24 AM
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Thanks all! I learn every time I go out. Whether I take game or not.


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Great job on all of it! You've had quite the season this year.


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Re: Last Deer of General Season! [Re: Chance Weldon] #168474 01/18/2016 5:04 AM
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 Originally Posted By: TN Lone Wolf
Great job on all of it! You've had quite the season this year.


Thank you.

That makes 5 hogs and 8 deer so far this fall/winter.

More to come...........


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Awesome Zee. Thanks for sharing.

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Good showing! That 125 nbt and the 130 hsst are almost twins. I got the same results on my last deer. I'll try to get pics posted today.


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