I shot a 174 b/c buck within 500 yards of my backdoor 3 years ago. Rolled out of bed, ate breakfast, walked 1/4 mile down to the creek, waited about an hour and shot the same buck I'd been spotting since late summer. Dumped him with a roundball from my .54 at 120 yards. That late season is the best, you do miss the rut but hardly anyone hunts that season either. All the roadhunters and drivers don't like to venture out of town after the first season. You can pattern these deer all fall but when opening morning shows up along with all the "city guys" for their annual trek out of town, it screws everything up. I can find my own deer, I don't need somebody to chase it past me.
bullet placement is gun control
[This message has been edited by muleshoe (edited October 21, 2000).]