I have spent the past couple weeks hunting with my MOA Maximum in .338-06 A-Square with Burris 2-7x pistol scope. Here is a quick photo montage of my various set-ups with the gun...............
Every hunt has been successful in that I saw deer every outing and enjoyed my time. But, I just wasn't willing o pull the trigger on what I saw then, so I waited.
Yesterday evening was the last day of General Hunting Season and the last day for branch antlered bucks with General Tags. There is a two week doe/spike season that will continue..........but, I figured I'd go out one last time for a buck.
I set up in the middle of the Kline Grass field and made myself a nice little "Belly Blind". Scraped out a little depression between some larger clumps of grass and got down in the prone position. Pulling a camo veil over the top of me.
I was using a new prone tripod from Huskemaw Optics.
From this position, I could view the tree line the deer usually entered the field from and, being as I was on the lip of a little "shelf" of terrain, I could see over the tall grass and pivot left or right as needed while still maintaining a low profile below the grass.
Time passed and it got later and later. But, I had only been seeing the deer right before the end of legal shooting light. So, I was pretty much able to relax until about the last 20 minutes or so. Sunset was at 6:03 and it was a beauty! Setting to my back and in the eyes of deer entering the field............as planned.
Legal shooting hours ended at 6:33 and right on cue at 6:18, a big doe and her yearling entered the field. Followed by a spike. They made their way to my right and ran further out into the field. With light and time fading away, I decided to take the big doe. So, I pivoted to my right and lined her up in the reticle. I was sighted in 3" high at 100 yards and knew that she was further than that. But, didn't anticipate her being any further than 150 and with time running out, I didn't range her with the Leica. When she stopped broadside to look back at here followers, I picked a spot low in her chest and............reaching natural respiratory pause........pressed the trigger.
The world erupted in the echo of the gun as the slight recoil obscured my sight of her. Regaining my sight picture, I see a cloud of dust billowing from the ground and a spike and yearling staring off into space where their matriarch once stood. The 200gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertip had put her in the dirt without a twitch. That'll work!!
I sat up from my hide and ranged her to see the distance. Which turned out to be 120 yards.
Gathered my camera and gun, and walked over to her for pics in the glow of the setting sun.
After a few minutes taking pics, I look to my right and back towards my blind. filling the field were about 10-15 deer. I laid down and looked through my scope. Doe, doe, doe..........spike..........tall six that I'd seen before........and a nice wide 10 pointer! But all his tines were either broken off short or they were just short in general. Nothing I wanted to shoot on this property. So, I stood up and headed back to the blind to retrieve my gear and head to the truck. And the field emptied once more and legal light vanished.
Not a bad end to General Season.