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Successfull 2022 Deer Season. #211887 11/14/2022 5:27 PM
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We wrapped up a successful 2022 Deer season last weekend. I managed to connect on several with the 30-30 contender and it performed as expected. The only difference was neither of these deer left a blood trail, but the 40 yard tracking job wasn't a problem. The second buck was a nice 8 pt (see links below). I was trimming when it was skinned and quartered, but it looked like the bullet (110gn black tipped barnes bullet) created a lot more entrance wound damage that typical (it exploded?) and the exit would was closer to caliber size. I didn't get any pictures while cleaning or skinning.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8u0tkipn8z2imb3/20221112_170108.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ozkxix4axyeirw5/20221112_170810.jpg?dl=0

The one I was most excited about was a nice button buck that walked by our elevated woods blind right around sunrise didn't realize he was a button buck until i saw him on the ground). I had picked up a 4" redhawk 45colt/acp in the classified forum a couple years ago and finally located some Barnes 225gn copper bullets last spring. I found a load that was deadly (with me shooting) to ~30 yards at (~1300fps if I remember correctly) and connected with the young deer at ~ 13 yards with iron sights. Complete pass through, took the top of the heart off and shredded both lungs. He only ran ~30 yards and left a blood trail a blind man could follow.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u5w8bw5uhcsfo9n/20221112_081730.jpg?dl=0

First deer with iron sights and first deer with a revolver for me. As a kid, I always shot with a scope and never really developed an eye for iron sights. I only started shooting them regularly with pistols in the last 5 years with a goal of gaining proficiency and hunting accuracy to (eventually) 50 yards. Not sure i'll ever get that range, but i'll have fun practicing. I am making an effort to have my son shoot iron sites on a regular basis (rifle and pistol) when we go out.

All in all, it was a great season. The best part was that my wife, 8 yo son and I were out in the blind together when I shot the larger buck and my son's favorite part of the weekend was helping skin it.

Re: Successfull 2022 Deer Season. [Re: karl] #211888 11/14/2022 8:35 PM
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Sounds like you had a great season.
We are always learning about bullet performance. I normally only connect on one deer a year. Not a very good sampling on bullet performance.
So far the wife has stayed in. It has been Blue Cold here. She is not running at 100% and does not need to get down sick.

In about 30 minutes I will be headed back to my new tower stand for the evening.

Bob R


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Re: Successfull 2022 Deer Season. [Re: karl] #211890 11/15/2022 8:20 PM
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Awesome job. Gun season opens here Saturday.


"A quiet hit in the right place is better than a loud miss in the wrong place followed by 10 more shots on the run"

I was a handgun hunter, when handgun wasn't cool.....
Re: Successfull 2022 Deer Season. [Re: karl] #211904 11/22/2022 2:24 PM
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Congrats Karl, our handgun season doesn't start until December 19. I am envious that you get to gun hunt the rut.


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Re: Successfull 2022 Deer Season. [Re: karl] #211913 11/27/2022 11:15 PM
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Nice job Karl. Our gun season starts tomorrow. We only get one week in OH so not much time to make some noise.

Re: Successfull 2022 Deer Season. [Re: karl] #211914 11/29/2022 5:19 PM
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Nice!


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