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Success on an axis buck! #209042 11/13/2020 4:14 PM
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I went out on Saturday with my son and we saw a bunch of deer, which isn't unusual for opening day in our area. I managed to get in range of a doe 2 times and missed three shots! After hunting, my son wanted to shoot his pellet gun and the .22 MKIII at steel. After all those misses, I thought, "I'll just see where it's hitting." I aimed at the steel from about 50 yards and shot right over the top of it! I felt better about my shooting skills but was flabbergasted as to how my sights could have gotten so off - especially since I was practicing during the week before. Anyway, I adjusted the sights and was back in business.

On Sunday it was my daughter's turn to come with me. I shot this axis buck. Shout out to my daughter for taking this picture in the field.





I was hunting from a blind, which I don't usually do but decided to because I had my 5 year old daughter with me and I wanted to expose her to a controlled kill. I killed him with my Ruger NM Blackhawk Bisley in .357 Magnum. I was using my reloads of 180gr XTPs over H110. Shot was from about 40 yards. The buck humped up when I shot him and we found blood quick. My little girl was instrumental in helping me find blood to track him with as I'm color blind and finding blood is always difficult for me. Turns out he only went about 60 yards from where I shot him and piled up. Shot was in and out through the rear part of the lungs. I really like shooting them there as it causes very little meat damage but a good blood trail. I will especially use this shot when I'm in familiar country, as I was. The rest of the day was devoted to butchering and getting him in the freezer.

As is my tradition, dinner that night was "Hobo Heart Hash" which is heart fried with bacon, onions, and potatoes. If you've never tried the heart, you are missing out!



I smoked the neck that day/night and made delicious barbacoa.





Later in the week, we made tacos and flautas out of the neck.





So grateful for this opportunity to feed my family and teach my kids the ways of the woods.

Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: RH Custom Guns] #209043 11/13/2020 5:06 PM
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Dang, great looking deer. Congratulations. I hunted around Campwood a few times for pigs and saw a few of these that had escaped a high fence ranch. Great that you could take your kids with you. Making me hungry looking at your cooking. I do like to cook the heart. I have sliced it and cooked with onions and potatoes but I might try your way next time.
Mike


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: Hawkeye] #209045 11/13/2020 5:48 PM
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Your buck looked great on the ground & maybe even better on the plate!!!
Congrats & kudos to the photographer!


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: Vance in AK.] #209046 11/13/2020 6:21 PM
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Axis is great meat!


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: Vance in AK.] #209047 11/13/2020 6:23 PM
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you and yours had a great day...


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: jamesfromjersey] #209053 11/13/2020 7:58 PM
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Boy that looks good.


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: reflex264] #209059 11/13/2020 11:54 PM
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Congratulations! That is some fine eating right there!


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: KRal] #209061 11/14/2020 3:59 AM
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Good eating Sir ! Congrats !

Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: Drycreek3189] #209063 11/14/2020 3:22 PM
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And that's why we hunt. great memories!


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: gunslingerdad] #209065 11/14/2020 3:39 PM
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Congratulations! Axis deer are some of the best eating!


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: Russell] #209067 11/14/2020 4:19 PM
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Good job! Making memories that'll last a lifetime!


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Re: Success on an axis buck! [Re: Chance Weldon] #209149 11/18/2020 9:05 PM
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Congrats! And I'm now hungry lol.


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