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Deer Hunting

Discussion in 'Tilted Weaponry' started by Smackre, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Shotgun here is a long weekend prior to Thanksgiving and a long weekend after Thanksgiving weekend. Muzzle loader is the next two long weekends. You can also use muzzle loader during shotgun if you want. One of my buddies likes his muzzle loader better than his shotgun, so sometimes he'll use it during shotgun.
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    Most of the guys that I know who have them have fairly reasonably priced ones, in the $250-500 range. For them, 125-175 yards is about the furthest they are accurate enough to ethically hunt with. Since most guys are shooting off hand in a tree stand, I doubt they'd go much beyond 100 yards in reality. And with the ravines and woods around where we hunt, you usually don't have a clear shot out beyond that anyway. I've personally never needed to take a deer beyond about 65-70 yards.

    That being said, long range muzzle loaders do exist that would probably rival the Sharps.

    See this hunting video of taking an antelope from 715 yards:




    However, that particular gun is over $5000, and that isn't including the glass. Needless to say, IF this guy gets a muzzle loader, it'll be much closer to the $250-500 type than the $5000+ type. ;)
     
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  2. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    715 yards? Talk about the shootee never hearing the kill shot...........
     
  3. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor


    That's a long shot, no matter how accurate the gun. I honestly don't think I've ever even shot a gun that far.
     
  4. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    taking my jennings for a tune up and a new string tomorrow, it ought to be a beast for next season.
    contiplating buying a browning
     
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  5. raptor9k

    raptor9k Vertical

    I need shoot my bow this year. Bought an awesome bowtech tribute about 6 years ago and haven't even hunted with it the last 3 or 4 years.
     
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  6. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    why not?? i shoot mine atleast once a week all year round
     
  7. raptor9k

    raptor9k Vertical

    Lack of time and space mainly. Living in town with nothing longer than a 20 yard space with my neighbor's house as the backstop is a big part of it. Only getting to spend a couple hours a day with my son after work is the rest of it. I love archery and I'm sure I'll work back into it but I think I have my priorities straight for now.
     
  8. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    makes since
     
  9. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I've done a little bow hunting this year, but haven't gotten anything yet. I've seen a few things, but nothing to get a shot off over yet. All of that hunting has been local, in a spot about half an hour from my house. In IL there are only two firearm seasons, one for three days (F-Sun) this weekend, and one for four days (Thurs-Sun) the first weekend of Dec. I usually do my firearm hunting up on prime property in NW IL. So this weekend I'll be bow hunting up there Thurs and doing shotgun, then returning for the second shotgun season assuming I still have tags to fill. Hopefully I see a big brute Thursday about 20 yards away, and another Friday about 50 yards away so I don't have to risk sitting in the freezing cold come Dec. :p
     
  10. raptor9k

    raptor9k Vertical

    I bagged a medium sized 9 point with my new 308 this Saturday. Savage hog hunter in a hogue over mold ghillie tan stock with a Bushnell 2.5-16x42 mildot reticle scope. The deer was nothing to write home about but the shot was pretty nice. 280 yards quartering away while walking. Folded like a cheap card table. The lane I was hunting is about 15 yards wide so I basically had time for a quick check for legality and decided I was overdue for some venison summer sausage.
     
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  11. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    the one I shot a few weeks ago that I know @Borla saw the picture of went a 172
     
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  12. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor


    Such a short gun season! We have 3 weeks here in NY starting this weekend.
    It takes the pressure off, lets us be a little more selective I think.
     
  13. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Got up to the cabin in time to sit in the stand for a few minutes before dark. Not 10 minutes later a doe walks by about 50 yards away. Half an hour after that a medium sized 10pter walks about 70 yards in front of me and hangs out for about 40 minutes. I tried calling him but he completely ignored me. I got down from the stand about ten minutes before legal shooting was over to see if he was still in there, but he was gone. When I walked out of the woods (50-60 yards from where I was) there were 4-5 deer in the field, including one really big 10 or 12pt buck. They were too far away and it was just at the end of legal shooting, so nothing doing there. Drove into town for dinner, on the way back, on the road about 300yards from where my stand is, stood one of the biggest bucks I've ever seen in my life. He walked to the tree line, at which point I stopped, backed up, and angled so he was in my headlights (deserted rural road). He stood there for 15-20 seconds then slowly strutted into the woods.

    I'm hoping he meets me at my stand tomorrow morning for breakfast. ;)
     
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  14. raptor9k

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    Sounds like a good hunt even if you didn't shoot one. Our populations are so screwed up in Arkansas that Archery season lasts 10/1-2/28 and we have a 2 week muzzle loader season followed by a 4 week modern gun season. The limits in my zone are 6 deer total no more than 2 bucks, regardless of method. I have a buddy that needs meat so I plan on trying to kill 2-3 doe for him this weekend.
     
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  15. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor


    Yeah, I was happy to see that much activity, and to know there are at least a couple brutes cruising around nearby. Last weekend my buddies saw 7-8 bucks on the property, including one of the big guys I saw today. I could fill a total of five tags (that's what I have, I could get more for bow if I wanted). I have an antlerless only for bow and for shotgun in this county. I have an either sex for shotgun in two different counties and for bow. But realistically I probably won't shoot a doe this weekend. I haven't decided yet for sure, but I'm leaning that way. But if it gets to be another two weeks or so and I don't have any meat in the freezer, all bets are off for second shotgun season.
     
  16. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    its the rut here, but with all the rain it has slowed them down some. I went the other day and watched 4 does run a muck. I have the one big 8 pointer and one doe so far this year.
    good luck @Borla
     
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  17. buzzgunner

    buzzgunner 180 gr. of diplomacy

    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    I've been hunting mule deer in eastern Oregon since I was 12 years old. (That'd be 1967.) My wife and I both hunt with Springfield 1903A3 .30-06s. (She used to hunt with a Steyr Scout, chambered in .308, but switched to the aught-six because, even though it's a more powerful cartridge, it doesn't kick nearly as bad.)
     
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  18. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    looking at buying a new 270. shopped around and my questions is this. what can you tell me about savage? ive never owned a savage made gun
     
  19. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    IIRC, my brother's deer gun is a Savage 111, though I think he has it in .306 or .308. He likes it. It is probably what I'd consider a budget buy, but really what do you need? Something that is accurate and reliable. It doesn't have to be fancy.


    Depending on your budget, if you want to spend a few more pennies, but not break the bank, check out the Tikka T3s or Howa Gameking.
     
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  20. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    I currently use a Winchester 270. it was my granddaddys. so that will tell you how old it is. it is my everyday hunting rifle I have several others but I love a 270. it has plenty of distance and is accurate for me. but that's my opinion. I found a new one for $220 on sale
     
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