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Old December 30, 2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Take the Varmint gun & see the big buck

I knew it would happen when I picked up the 223 to go to the woods this afternoon. All season I've been looking for the big 10 point that I saw 2 days before the season opened. Since then I've been hard at it, and armed with the 270 or the 260. Finally I gave up and took a nice 8 point (in this county you can only kill one basket rack buck and he has to meet minimum rack measurement). So today, knowing that I wasn't going to shoot a buck and hoping that the live coyotes would come to the dead one (aka 'bait') that I had dumped in the field, I took the 223. As I did so I did think to myself, with a smile, that I'd probably see that big buck if I had the little rifle. Well, as sure as death and taxes, here he came - walking slowly within about 80 yards of me around 5 pm. And then, about 30 minutes later he came back from my right and walked 40 yards in front of me. Nice buck. Real young. Wait till next year.
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Old December 30, 2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Usually that is the way it happens. Relax, maybe he will make it to next season and will be a big boy.
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Old December 31, 2011, 05:50 PM   #3
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I usually have the wrong gun in my hand also when the big buck shows up.
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Old January 4, 2012, 07:26 AM   #4
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Pin him in the high shoulder right and you can take him with a .223 or in the ear, a good Taxidermist can hide the mess.
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Old January 4, 2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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carry some extra rounds of ..

Winchester 64gr Power-points in pocket for these occasions.

80 then 40 yds, you would have no problem,placing the shot right!

But there's alway next year.
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Old January 4, 2012, 01:14 PM   #6
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I had the varmint gun, but I shoot the 65 gr Sierra GK in it, so I could have taken the buck if I'd wanted to. Once I saw him up close in good light, it was obvious that he was real young. Best to leave him for next year, since I already had all the deer meat that I needed (says my Wife). The next evening I took the 260 and I saw him again. He stayed out in front of me for maybe 45 minutes, sniffing each of the 9 does that showed up before he did. He didn't 'approach' any of them, so I guess they were out of heat. When the season died with the light of the last day, I was happy to know that buck was working hard on my whitetail gene pool.
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