Hey guys I am very excited to show this off to everyone. For christmas I booked my girlfriend a fallow doe hunt at Salt Creek Hunting Preserve in Ohio. She has successfully hunted squirrels and groundhogs but has never been able to connect with a deer. So I figured an off season fallow doe hunt would be fun.
To make things even more interesting my girlfriend was dead set on using her Ruger P95 9mm for the fallow. I was a bit apprehensive to say the least, as most people consider a 9mm to light for big game. I agreed that if she was consistently able to keep her shots in the size of a paper plate than she could use it, otherwise she had to use the rifle. After a good bit of practice she was able to keep her shots centered enough that I agreed she could use it. Next we started looking for the proper hunting bullet for the job. I usually roll my own but not having 9mm reloading supplies I was stuck with factory loads. I chose the Hornady 147 grain XTP as our medicine for the fallow doe. These factory loads proved to shoot very accurately out of the P95; well enough to keep shots close to center out to 75 yards.
Weeks went by and before we knew it it was the day of our hunt. We woke up early and made the 3 hr drive to Salt Creek Hunting Preserve. This was my second time there and I really enjoy the place. Nice people and good mountainous terrain. You can even hunt unguided which is a nice addition I think. We got a late start but found the game immediately. We spent a few hours walking around and videoing wildlife.
We were walking around enjoying the weather when the guide pointed out a sly fallow doe in the distance. We quickly went into hunting mode. We snuck down and got in position and waited. The doe started our way. She closed the distance to 40 yards when my girlfriend let the first shot go. It hit her behind the shoulder and the wounded doe ran a few yards and stopped. A beautiful 45 yard neck shot sealed the deal on my girlfriends first big game animal.
She was very happy and is already asking about when we can go back. Looks like my tax refund will be going on a deposit for another fallow. The guides were very impressed and said she is one of the very few people to successfully harvest a fallow doe with a handgun at the preserve. I am very proud of her and I cant wait to go back. The XTP did an impressive job with good penetration and large sized holes. It busted a rib in half before traveling throughout the chest of the doe. It was a great time and I hope you guys enjoy as well. Cheers SS.
Here's a link to the video she put together from our trip to the hunting preserve.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcBqiKyXX7s