View Full Version : My first DEER! "very long post"

November 19, 2007, 12:33 AM
As some of you know i have been getting advice for me youth hunt.Last weekend i missed two does with my dads 30-06.So we went back up their again for the weekend.I decided to use my 22-250 because i was very familiar with that gun, compared to my dads 30-06.

We left up their sat morning and saw a couple of does that day and 1 very small buck but couldn't really get a shot at any of them.Sunday morning we decided to go to a area where we call doe hill because we see so many doe's their.So we started walking onto the trail witch was above the clearcut.Then we where kinda looking down into the area where wee see alot of deer at

When we saw two does, we figured that they where about 300 yards away.So i decided to not take the shot just wasn't confident enough after missing two deer already that year.So we started stalking them.The trail that we where heading on was in the direction they where going so we took it down.We warnt real sure where they where but we had a good idea.We where gonna go down farther and look off the edge at another area we usually sit at.

AS we got to the area we started scanning it and saw the does they where heading toward a buck 2x2.:eek:I decided i was going to take the buck because we couldn't get any closer without scaring him.I looked around trying to find a rest to take my shot from and could not find anything close so my dad said i could use him.So he got on his knees and i used his shoulder.

I was pretty shaky and couldn't calm myself my dad kept telling me breath in and out and take your time.I did just that until i felt confident enough where i wasn't so shaky.I got the sights right behind his shoulder and squeezed the trigger.He stood their for about 1 sec then he started to run away at a very slow pace swaying from side to side everywhere, he fell over once then got back up and fell right back down and didn't get back up.I knew i had got him and i was so excited!:D:eek:

WE waited about 1 min to make sure he wasn't going to get back up.Then we heading down they and found him not more than 15 yards from where i had shot him.And their was no blood trail not a single drop.Later that day when we got home and where skinning him getting a closer look at the body i shot him right threw the heart and their was no exit wound.We found the bullet stuck in the other side of the ribs.Thanks to all of you that have giving me advice.:D:):)


November 19, 2007, 12:50 AM
Congrats on your first!!!:cool::cool:

I got my first this year too, so I know the feeling.:)

November 19, 2007, 02:11 AM
Good job! Congratulations on your first deer!

November 19, 2007, 04:58 AM
Congrats!! Hunter, what part of Oregon do you hunt in?

November 19, 2007, 07:15 AM
Good Job, CONGRATS. It goes to show people it is better to use a rifle that you are good with, than using a BIGGER caliber that you are not use to. Everyone will say that a 30-06 is more than enough for deer, however, they might not say it about the 22-250. BUT, as you can see it work well. Nice shooting.:)

November 19, 2007, 08:06 AM

November 19, 2007, 10:20 AM
Good job! You'll remeber that one the rest of your life.

November 19, 2007, 10:23 AM
I hunt in western oregon

November 19, 2007, 11:06 AM
Beautiful buck! I grew up hunting the hills east of Salem, near Mehema, what area were you hunting? Beautiful chocolate antlers, nice looking deer, especially for your first! Congrats!

November 19, 2007, 01:12 PM
The tag was a one deer tag and for Mackenzie unit.

November 19, 2007, 02:34 PM
Nice buck! Good size for a fork.

Good shooting!

November 19, 2007, 02:44 PM
Nice buck. Enjoy the meat, and all the memories the rack will bring back when you look at it. Happy Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2007, 02:45 PM
Good job!!!

November 19, 2007, 03:02 PM
That was an interesting choice of hunting clothes. I wonder if you ever thought about getting shot by another hunter?

Here in Maine, a woman was shot while hanging out clothes and wearing white mittens.

White and brown are not the colors to choose for deer hunting clothes.


November 19, 2007, 03:53 PM
picher those are the clothes i dont hunt with.The pictures where took back at camp.I almost always where orange or another bright color my father makes me.I didn't not have the camera when i shot it so we took it back to camp, dragged it off into the bushes and took a couple of pictures.

November 19, 2007, 06:40 PM

November 19, 2007, 08:06 PM
Congrats on the nice buck! I hate to inform you that you are now infected and there is no known cure. If there was a cure, I would not want it:D

November 19, 2007, 11:25 PM
Great looking deer!

If you don't mind, what sort of bullet were you using? What did the internal wound track look like? Would it be possible for you to post a photo of the bullet and maybe weigh what's left of it, all for the sake of 'hunting science'?

I've seen 100 grain 6mm (24 caliber) and 120 grain 6.5 mm (26 caliber) bullets on a deer leave good exit wounds or not depending upon whether they hit bone and I would hope you can share your experience. Even a big deer can be narrow from side to side. A 200 pound deer may only be a foot or so thick. So I wonder if your bullet hit bone on the near side which made it lose a lot of energy before it hit the heart?

A bit of advice: learn how to use a shooting sling and how to shoot from a sling-assisted sitting posture. From a sitting position a person can often shoot very well using nothing but their own knees for support. Sometimes there just isn't any rest to be found.

November 20, 2007, 10:34 AM
Ok i will give and pictures and all that other stuff tonight.

November 20, 2007, 11:03 AM
I'd hoped that was the case...about not wearing white. Makes a weird picture, though.


November 20, 2007, 11:46 AM
,,, ***** Congratulation*****
Nice buck
Next time wear hunting close when take a pic , looks nicer , 2 bad ,, first deer - street clothing .

November 20, 2007, 01:32 PM
Well, at least it's digital and he could have the jacket color changed to orange with a picture editor.

Amazing what can be done with digital pictures these days.


November 21, 2007, 12:18 AM
I use Remington 55 gr round point,I shot right perfectly threw 1 of the ribs.Theirs are some pictures below and i will weigh the bullet in the next few days.Anything else you want to know?


November 21, 2007, 01:07 AM
Thanks for the pictures, Hunter33. I like img...0140 the best due to its contrast. I would guess the larger fragment is probably the one that took out the deer's heart and the smaller one probably did more collateral damage to the lungs.
I shot right perfectly threw 1 of the ribs
Remington Core Lokt? It looks like it held up well considering the shock of hitting a rib and would probably guess that the bigger piece probably weighs at least 40 grains and expanded to at least 30x50 caliber.

From what I was taught in the military, the shock wave from a supersonic bullet passing through tissue is roughly 30 times the diameter so one would guess that it would have disrupted the deer's lungs up to a 9-12 inch diameter area even if it had missed the heart. You'd know this to be true if there was a big ball of 'goo' when you field dressed the deer.

November 21, 2007, 06:06 AM
I killed several deer with the .22-250, using solid-based bullets. Performance was spectacular and I was careful to place bullets in the rib cage.

However, I eventually lost some deer due what I believe was the minimal brush-bucking ability of the bullet. They were apparently deflected by minimal twigs that probably wouldn't have bothered a heavier bullet as much. It happened when I never touched a huge buck that was almost in the clear and only about 200 yards away. The crosshairs were perfectly placed and I expected the deer to drop, but don't think it was touched.

Maybe a .30-06 would have deflected wide of the deer, but I felt better after switching to the caliber and never had cause to blame a bullet again.


November 21, 2007, 10:28 AM
Im not sure what you mean by a big ball of goo but i did get the lungs to like you said.

November 24, 2007, 08:28 AM
I am new to this and trying to learn, but I have a question.
I have heard that deer don't see in color, they see black and white and really only see silohette(spelling?) If this is a fact, why is there a need for camo?

November 25, 2007, 03:44 PM
Nice job. Sometimes you just have to hang with it and use the gun that you are comfortable with. 22-250 has taken many a deer, but its not one of my favorites for deer hunting. A guy that hunts with us has a son that is 9 years old. That young man took his first deer last year at age 8. This year he took one with a bow and has taken 2 or 3 with a muzzle laoder. When rifle season came around he missed two with the .243. His daddy and I made him shoot the .243 at a target to check the scope and to see if he was flinching. We could tell he was flinching and jerking the trigger. We told him to calm down and take his time. That evening he took a doe with the .243. That little range session built up his confidence.

November 25, 2007, 07:02 PM
why is there a need for camo? I believe its a fashion statement the male equivalent of sequined flipflops and capri pants. Gotta buy buy buy! :D

November 30, 2007, 04:42 PM
Camo breaks up the silhouette so the dear doesn't see a large black or gray object moving about. At least that's the theory.
I just wear solid orange, but then I just sit on my but abd wait for a dear to wander by. If I had to move I'd consider camo.

November 30, 2007, 06:19 PM
Camo breaks up the silhouette

Correct, but so does the "old standard" hunter plaid. I hunt in camo becuase I use it for bow hunting, so I already have it. During rifle, I have a blaze orange camo vest and hat. At least the lines in it break up the outline.

November 30, 2007, 08:07 PM
Congrats on your first deer. You'll never forget it.