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Long as road kill was mentioned...

I felt just awful -- I was driving (not at all fast) on a country road when a beautiful red fox ran out and ran right into the passenger side door. Busted his neck, kilt him instantly. I still feel awful, and that is kinda weird, since if I'da shot him a-purpose, it wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest.

No, I have no logic to present. It still made me feel awful.

Then...

Then there was the deer we paced off from my blind to where it dropped without moving: 504 yards. That was with my desperately expensive Weatherby 30.06. Best shot I ever made.

I held a tad over two feet above it while aiming. There were six guys watching, and all of them (including Your Humble Obdn't &tc) were betting that I would not even scare it off, much less drop it like a bad habit.

Bang. Plop.
I've skinned me a fox. Farked up the pelt drying though.
 

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5 deer in the back yard just today.

Few years back I was taking an odd road home as I like to explore a little. Pheasant flew up & I hit it. DAM! I had an empty box in the back of the station wagon so I backed up & found it in the ditch. Got out & walked over to pick it up & it ROSE FROM THE DEAD and surprised the hell out of me!
I laughed at myself after that one.
 

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I'm sure that somehow Bungaman would consider a Sawzall cheating.

Then again, Saws All is the advertisement.

Did you keep the thing in a pit for a week before you cut it up?
 

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I'm sure that somehow Bungaman would consider a Sawzall cheating.

Then again, Saws All is the advertisement.

Did you keep the thing in a pit for a week before you cut it up?
sawzall works great.......if you can keep temps in under 50deg ...its good to let a carcass hang a week before butchering it
Yeah it hung for 1 week. Cold enough I was worried about it freezing but inside the pole barn it stayed good.


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5 deer in the back yard just today.

Few years back I was taking an odd road home as I like to explore a little. Pheasant flew up & I hit it. DAM! I had an empty box in the back of the station wagon so I backed up & found it in the ditch. Got out & walked over to pick it up & it ROSE FROM THE DEAD and surprised the hell out of me!
I laughed at myself after that one.
I had almost the exact same incident. 50mph, male ringneck pheasant low flies across the front of the car. THUD!! as the bird hit the windshield. I slowed down and watching through my rear view mirror I see the bird nose diving into the ditch. I pulled over and stopped the car, got out and walked the ditch back to where the bird crashed.
All I found was an imprint in the grass, and one feather.
The bird was gone.

The sound of the hit on the windshield, and the time it took for the bird to hit the ground I thought that would be one dead pheasant.
BUT NOT
 

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Yesterday morning was a go get some elk for a bunch of friends [6] as I/we had found a small herd of 27 that could be worked a mite. 5 guys went North of the herd to get in position for when I drove them their way. As usual plans just don't always work as I got to where my push was to start them dang elk were heading straight at me at a very rapid pace. I figured someone had got to close to them and spooked them my way so I just waited and shot a yearling cow at about 70 yds. This did nothing to turn the herd as they continued South past me. The crew showed up and 3 of them fella's just through my elk in a truck and we got into find the herd again. My buddy and I headed home to start making food outta mine. Well as we get close to my house we see the herd coming from the West so buddy runs out in the field to see what will happen. The herd ran up to him like he was a long lost member and down went another fine young cow, 400 yds from the house. Once again the crew showed up and loaded that one with mine. Davey said he was taking his to a fellow south of us for butchering, so looking at -23c temps and getting lazy I allowed him to take mine too .
The lads got another from the herd 2 miles North and 1 East of my house and last I saw of the tracks the herd was within 1/2 mile from where we started.
 

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Elk are delicious I wish we had more of them here. Michigan has elk and elk hunts but drawing a tag is a lottery and everybody tries to get a tag.
Odds of getting one is pretty small.
My buddy in Colorado brought me a large cooler full of choice elk steaks a couple years ago and damn, if you like deer you will love elk!


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Elk are delicious I wish we had more of them here. Michigan has elk and elk hunts but drawing a tag is a lottery and everybody tries to get a tag.
Odds of getting one is pretty small.
My buddy in Colorado brought me a large cooler full of choice elk steaks a couple years ago and damn, if you like deer you will love elk!
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Same here in KY about the lottery draw and the odds. Jus' Sayin'
 

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Next year if the changes to our regulations come to fruition, I will be able to get a landowners tag for antlerless elk if I ain't successful in the draw. For my area it takes 2-3 years to get drawn.
These elk have been eating the best hay and swath graze in the area so am really hoping they exceed the usual great taste of elk.
When I grew up here we had no moose or elk within hundreds of miles and now toooooooooooooo many of both. Them elk wreck more fences than women drivers. A lot of ranchers would like to see them wiped out and I totally understand this.
 

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video of the event:

 

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opening day here ...i provide free guiding services annually on opening day for the female unit ......by 7am we were back at the house drinking coffee...... :) ....keep us posted Irons sir..... lol i gotta ask...(did the female unit get a deer or did her tag fill itself??)

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you dont share your "tree condo" with the misses?? LOL
I do now, she horned her way in last season when she had an injured arm. Probably best though I can't cover all 4 points on the compass
and I never would have seen the deer she shot. He was trying to sneak through the thick stuff and she saw him pass through one shooting
lane and nailed him when he passed through the next one.

Her little Ruger American Compact .243 performed beautifully, first kill with that rifle. About a 75 yard shot she hit him behind the shoulder blade dead center on a rib making a big entrance wound. Then the bullet went on to make hash out of the heart and lungs, bounced off the other side of the ribcage and took out one lobe of the liver before running out of steam. He ran maybe 50 messy yards and was dead before he landed.

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Opening Day of firearm here. Daughter's longterm boyfriend with his first buck....I was sitting across the field and saw the smoke from his muzzle loader roll out of the woods...he has been pretty happy all day
 

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"HUNTING, It's not just testosterone anymore". ;)
 

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What bag is that?
I don't even remember Smooth, generic sand bags off ebay probably. They came with small bags to hold the butt of the rifle too but I threw those away. I know we filled them with that clean pretty Lake Michigan beach sand we have so much of around here!

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Saw this buck at the Air Force Academy today. Residential area. I count 6 points.

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I know many who hunt and only 2 who use the bow. Putting feed out to lure them in to shoot hi powered rifles with scopes inside 100 yards isn't much sport. To thin the herd, to survive on..ok, I get it. Just my opinions, don't hate me.

Real sport would be with a knife, sneak up on them or drop from a tree...but up in the air, cleared shooting lanes, food to lure them...idk...use rubber bands and paper clips...fish in a barrel is too easy...no?

Use a bow and if you hit one you will have to chase it for awhile and haul it back...not easy.

To each his own.
 

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it's impossible to cheat at war or at hunting
 

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I know many who hunt and only 2 who use the bow. Putting feed out to lure them in to shoot hi powered rifles with scopes inside 100 yards isn't much sport. To thin the herd, to survive on..ok, I get it. Just my opinions, don't hate me.

Real sport would be with a knife, sneak up on them or drop from a tree...but up in the air, cleared shooting lanes, food to lure them...idk...use rubber bands and paper clips...fish in a barrel is too easy...no?

Use a bow and if you hit one you will have to chase it for awhile and haul it back...not easy.

To each his own.
I have watched every deer I have taken with a bow fall within 40 to 50 yards....I cant say the same with the the deer I have taken with a gun. I am against baiting though. It has be proven to be a primary vector for CWD.
 

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I have watched every deer I have taken with a bow fall within 40 to 50 yards....I cant say the same with the the deer I have taken with a gun. I am against baiting though. It has be proven to be a primary vector for CWD.
The doe I got last week with a crossbow only made it about 20 feet.