Last week, I was invited to go down to Garven Store and hunt Axis with Paul Pluff, Heath Putnam and Graham Rockwell from Ruger along with my longtime hunting buddy, Larry Weishuhn. We were hunting with Ruger Redhawks in .44 Mag, topped with Trijicon RMR sights and shooting Hornady 240 grain XTP ammo.
While I have killed a few axis does for meat, this was my first hunt where I was targeting an axis buck specifically. We had a great time and the Ivey Ranch has an excellent population of Axis and I was presented a shot at one at 65 yards but the buck was quartering to me as he was nervous about some other plains game that were behind me. Like a Rookie, I hustled my shot and bullet passed under the target.
It was a great time with good food, a beautiful ranch and most of all great fellowship. I must admit that the 100 degree temps made it a little tough on an old fat man.