So, after many years of debate I finally decided to try deer hunting. Now I'm a waterfowl hunter and I dabble in prairie chickens, so this seemed like something different to try and fill the freezer with.
Let me tell ya, sitting in a tree for 11 hours was peaceful and crazy boring all at the same time. Maybe if I had seen more action it would have been more entertaining in the mid day, but it was quiet. Wasn't till about 4:25 I saw a flicker of a tail at 150 yards and my heart got a lil "happy". When it turned and started my way that made it a little "happier" and by the time it was at 75 yards I had my gun 1/2 way to my shoulder and he stopped and looked straight at me and at that very second I froze solid until he put his head back down.
As soon as his head went down and he started walking I shouldered the gun and watched him get closer. At 50 yards he stopped again and looked straight at me, at this point my heart was coming out of my throat so I dropped the cross hairs to his shoulder and squeezed the trigger and........watched the slug hit the ground under him as I flinched. It wasn't like on TV where he looked around either, no sir he took off like a bat out of ****!
I'm not gonna lie, I was a little baffled I missed, after all I sighted in to 100 yards the week before and was able to hit a pop can at that. Back to my story, I chambered a 2nd round and put it on his shoulder while on the move and squeezed again. The slug pierced the skin on his rear quarter down where there was no meat and took off one of his nuts...... yes I shot his nut off and he jumped sideways and began sprinting straight away from me. I knew I hit him and I thought for sure he would bleed out soon, but right before dark I didn't want to risk losing him so at 100 yards I put the last slug through his neck and he dropped on the spot.
Now, I'm not proud it took me 3 shots to drop him, but man it was an experience.
A better idea of his size
8 points and after 12-14 hours of processing (yes all done at my house) 73 lbs of meat completely deboned, steaks, roasts, jerky and ground.