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My doe shooting plan didnít work #6971265
11/24/17 05:11 PM
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The wife said we needed one more deer for the freezer, and itís doe season. I went to the power line blind. Plenty of open ground and deer movement. Dawn broke and here came 3 doe, with big mama out front as the sentinel. She had no fawn, so sheís the one. Put the 120 gr Ballistic Tip behind the shoulder and she sprinted a ways, but then she didnít drop like she was supposed to. Thatís odd. Oh, well, have some coffee and then go find her. Walked over to where she had been standing and expected to see a big blood trail. Not a drop of blood. Well, I know the path she took and where she entered the woods, so I walked it. No blood at all. Hmmm, thatís really odd. No way I missed at 80 yards. Went in the woods and found one tiny drop of blood. Man, this ainít right, but I marked it with TP and looked for more blood. Finally found one more tiny drop, and tp marked it. Fought though the briars and finally found on more drop. Now I have at least a direction of movement. Time passed, but I found a little more blood. Sheís just not bleeding much, and I donít understand why not. Anyway, more tiny drops and TP marking, and the direction is clear, and there she was. Finally. Blood everywhere. Sheís covered in it. Back legs are covered. An hour of blood trailing, and itís been decades since I had to work this hard. I used to brag that I could track a lizard across dry rocks, but my skills have diminished,

Turns out that the doe was not quite sideways to me when I shot, and the bullet exited a bit far back and maybe just nicked the lungs. Bullet placement, bullet placement, bullet placement. Anyway, I donít know who taught me to use toilet paper for blood trailing, but iím sure glad he did, or I doubt iíd have found this big old doe. I had to chain saw a path to get that old girl out to the powerline ROW.

The whole idea of using that blind was to avoid having to do much tracking. Well, that just worked out p___ poor. But the freezer will be full now.

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971277
11/24/17 05:23 PM
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Makes you feel young again, great job man


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Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971326
11/24/17 06:33 PM
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Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
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Nice job staying with her. I have witnessed 5 deer that didn't bleed a drop but were stone dead within 100 yds. On two of those the shooter swore he missed but decided to go look "just in case."


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Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971365
11/24/17 08:15 PM
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120 grain what, if I may ask...

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971369
11/24/17 08:20 PM
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Good job sticking with it, last year my FIL said he missed a goo buck and I trusted him but that evening I saw buzzards and found his deer. I wish I would have insisted that I put fresh eyes on it, he just mus judged where the deer was standing when he shot. There was plenty of blood, just not where he was looking. Thad was a bad day!

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971384
11/24/17 09:04 PM
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Sometimes, the bullet just don't go where your aiming. Congrats for finding her tho, brush sounds pretty thick. It's amazing how little blood gets on the ground sometimes.

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: varnoldi13] #6971388
11/24/17 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted By: varnoldi13
Makes you feel young again, great job man


Not sure how it makes someone feel young again, I was getting tired just listening to how far he went in the story...lol, but congrats on a nice recovery

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971405
11/24/17 09:43 PM
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Yep, I donít feel any younger. If anything, I feel old and tired. Maybe thatís cause I am old and tired.

Anyway...Roll-Tide, it was a Nosler Ballistic Tip. I knew I placed it well (pretty well but not great, as it turned out), so she had to be dead somewhere. She was just up in the ďtangleĒ, which I really dreaded. I had to cut a road and take my ATV in there. Too heavy to drag very far. The 20 year old me could drag her a mile, but the 70 year old me has limitations.

It was almost good bullet placement, but almost wasnít good enough.

Having wine at present.

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971578
11/25/17 01:39 AM
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I think he meant what caliber.


Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971600
11/25/17 02:08 AM
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260 Remington. R17 powder, loaded near max. Lapua brass and CCI BR2 primers.

Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971614
11/25/17 02:29 AM
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Yep, sometimes it happens, the ole TP has gotten me outta more than one tight spot over the years... grin


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Re: My doe shooting plan didnít work [Re: 603Country] #6971636
11/25/17 02:53 AM
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Congrats on filling the freezer. Glad you found her

TP has been working for years. I hope I have this dog for a long time, his nose is much better than my eyes on a trail

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