|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 897 days ago||704 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
897 days ago
OK, so I love to deer hunt, mostly as a means of feeding my small family. We eat venison stew, chilli and smoke it over mesquite, ect… So the idea of stocking the freezer is great and exciting!
Well, we have observed multiple deer around here. As the tempatures have dropped we have begun to see more deer in the early morning hours when we leave for work and such.
So this morning I was extremely prepared. There was little doubt that I would see at least one deer this morning and was very confident I would be able to dress a dear today.
So up at 4 am, I thoroughly prepared. Dressed warm, rifle slung over shoulder, family dogs safely inside our home and coffee in hand, phone in pocket I was hyped. I proceed to the Blind. I wait there sitting, standing, sitting and then standing, waiting for daybreak to come. There is only about 20 minutes of time when the naked eye can make out objects before the deer will take cover and become unseen. So I patiently waited for that 20 minute span of hunting.
And it came, all of sudden my eyes were able to focus on leaves and tree limbs 100+ yards away. I was locked and focused down field where I had hoped to see and unsuspecting doe or buck cross. While eyeing down my scope, while in the blind, out of the corner of my eye I see a buck slowly walking past the blind I was standing inside. I then look to ensure my eyes were correct and sure enough it was a buck. Quickly, but quietly, I attempt to re position my rifle. As I then begin to attempt to site the buck in my scope, I observe the buck begins to disappear into the brush. A good look into my scope confirmed my greatest fear, the Buck had fully disappeared, slowly and peacefully into a thick blur of brush!
It was great! It was exciting! It was a rush! My rifle was loaded, I managed to release my safety and the gun was ready. The trigger was never pulled today, but my heart pounded with an adrenaline rush.
The buck would have been a nice kill. We have a bag limit of 2 does and 2 bucks and bucks are rarely seen, while does are seen everywhere. I have the feeling that I will have no problem getting 2 does this year so getting that buck would have been great!
The other thing that got me a bit. In the past, and this morning’s goal, was to target my buck or doe about 200 yards down field. I enjoy a longer shot, I also feel I am less detectable when I am 200 yards away. But this morning the buck was less than 15 yards away and just caught me fully off gaurd.
I also hog hunt. I hunt hog from a blind with a rifle. My friend wants me to take him hog hunting with his pit bulls and knives but I don’t have that sort of interest. I am fairly confident the hogs will at a minimum injure his dogs, may even kill one of his dogs or worse yet attack me!!! A whole hog roast over mesquite always fits a Saturday just perfect…
Ok, so now I am pumped and ready for tomorrow morning!
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net