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Steelhead

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Blacktail down
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:52:59 AM »
Unfortunately not able to use my Texan due to California laws, but a deer is a deer. I missed this little bugger Saturday night at long range. I set up last night with the shooting chair in some thistles at a better vantage point all camo'd up. Didn't take more than an hour and he started making his way into range. Took him at around 170 yards with a perfect chest shot. Now that I have meat hanging I've got the next four weeks to be patient for a big one to make a mistake and show himself.
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Re: Blacktail down
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2018, 11:19:39 AM »
On the same acreage where I usually hunt EU doves, jacks, rabbits, and squirrels, there are about 10 deer, including one six point buck. I've been close enough to the buck, to stab him with a hunting knife! Crazy things have no fear at all.
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Re: Blacktail down
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2018, 12:00:37 PM »
This particular permission that I hunt on is a working dairy farm with a lot of activity of farm equipment, people moving, etc.  The deer are definitely wild, but accustomed to noise, movement, etc.  Typical of blacktails they are very nocturnal and the last hour of daylight is without question the time for them pop out. Mornings are virtually useless unless you are walking or doing a drive.

Basically this small buck is considered cannon fodder. The big boys rarely make an appearance until the middle of September. With the activity on my home areas being working ranches the deer don't take chances. Over the generations the bucks have learned to stay low and only move at night. Since there's no rut during the season the bucks bachelor up and are very difficult to hunt.

With one tag left to fill I'm content to sit and wait for a PB buck. That's not hard for me because I've never taken a truly nice blacktail. Maybe this will be the year. I also share two of the three properties I hunt with three other guys. One hunts with me exclusively and the other two hunt together. We all exchange info to make our hunts better and also so that we don't hunt at the same time. It's not a lot of land, but we make it work and we all have fun.
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Re: Blacktail down
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2018, 02:13:04 PM »
My problem is, I've out-lived all of my hunting partners! The last one to pass was nearly 20 years younger than myself (78+ here)! This fact is one of the reasons I stay close to home.
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Re: Blacktail down
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2018, 04:57:03 PM »
Cool! Good shooting Kevin. One day I hope we'll be able to hunt blacktails with airguns. One day!
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Re: Blacktail down
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2018, 06:32:48 PM »
Thanks Steve. For perspective, Saturday night I took a shot from the road where we turn off to shoot airguns on Lynch. Spotted the deer when we were done hunting and driving off. Had just enough light to shoot but not stalk any closer. 350 to 400 yards - shot just over his back. He crossed the property line and joined two other bigger forks at the ridgeline. I had been watching those two other bucks when mine walked out but they were a) 600+ yards and b) about 25 yards in on the adjoining property.

Last night I cut the distance in half and set up the chair in some thistles on a fence line. Once I put on put on my poor man's ghillie suit (burlap cut into a poncho and spotted with camo spray paint) I was invisible...even in the chair. One of the ranch workers was within about 50' of me moving a manure irrigation pipe. He walked right past and when I said 'Hi' and he about shit himself. Pretty funny.

As much as I like the recoil reduction of the Witt's muzzle brake on my .308 Remington, I might have to remove it for the noise factor. My ear is seriously ringing still and I can't afford to lose any more of my hearing, which is already horrific. I'm either going to remove the brake or I'm wearing ear plugs. Even one shot is too much. Interesting that the .308 Texan's volume doesn't seem to increase with the brake; at least not noticeably. Guess that's just the difference between the powder burner and the airgun.

Here is a pic below of my stepmom's nephew's buck that he killed last week with a bow about an hour north. Now THAT'S a Columbian Blacktail!
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