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Deer Hunting

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

  1. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I'd love to have some of my grandpa's guns. I was too little to even know what he had, and he was fairly poor his entire life, so I'm sure they were nothing extravagant. But the sentimental value would exceed anything else.

    I also agree with you that .270 is plenty for deer.
  2. fflowley

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

    I hunt with my dad's Winchester Model 70, in .243 Win.
    Ralphie you aren't going to get any better than what you have now.
    It will be newer but not better.
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  3. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    Its one of thosethings that I don't want something to happen to it. Id feel like ass if it did.
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  4. Chris Noyb

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

    Large City, TX

    I can understand you not wanting to use your grandfather's rifle on a regular basis.

    I come from a long line of farmers and working folks. If any of my ancestors had valuable firearms, chances are good they were purchased used or taken as payment for work done. There have been a lot Marlin and Remington firearms in my family tree. A couple of my great uncles have dropped many, many deer over six decades with open sight lever-action Marlin .30-30s.
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  5. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    2.5 hours in to my first morning bow hunting this season...



    8pts, got him from 42 yards through both lungs. Ran barely 20 yards before he fell, so it was nice and quick.
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  6. fflowley

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

    That's a beauty Borla. Congratulations.
    We're about 10 days til opening of gun season here in upstate NY.
    My hunting buddy and I went scouting yesterday. We found a lot of activity with rubs and scrapes.
    We also happened across 2 bucks. Although that's not the purpose of the scouting it's usually a positive sign for the upcoming season.
    Plus the game cameras are getting nice pics of bucks.
    I think the lack of winter (and hence winter kill) here last year made a difference.
    We are very excited and optimistic for the coming season!
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  7. ChrisJericho

    ChrisJericho Careless whisper

    Fraggle Rock
    How long will the meat last you? Also, what are your favorite dishes to make with the meat?
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  8. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    We buy a side of beef a year, and generally buy a lot of bulk items (pork shoulders, whole briskets, etc.) throughout the year. So at any given time we usually have 40-120# of meat in the freezer. So we will ration out venison throughout the year depending on how much I get. If this is the only deer I get this year we will probably get 50-70# out of it and will slowly eat it throughout the next year. If I get another deer or two later in the season we will eat a higher proportion of venison through the next year and eat less beef. Either way we'll probably have a few odds and ends of it in our freezer for the next 10-14 months. I also tend to give away 5-10# worth to various non-hunter friends who like venison.

    My favorites are grilling the backstrap like you would a filet (salt, pepper, garlic, medium rare), using ground venison in any dish you'd use ground beef (tacos, spaghetti, etc.), and making breakfast sausage with it (80/20 mix of venison/pork, and using breakfast sausage seasoning).
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  9. scout

    scout New Member

    Not sure what part of the country you live in Borla but that's a nice deer. I like the darker racks. Here's a picture of the deer I got this year. Shot him about 45 yards with a 30/30. He went about 80 yards at a high rate of speed and got his rack caught in the tree and it was over.

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  10. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Thank you! Looks like you did well this year too. :cool:

    If you want to see the "big" deer I've gotten over the last few years, look at posts #14, 28, 35, and 71 in this thread. :D

    Most of my hunting is done in the NW corner of IL, in JoDavies County. The two deer I got with the bow were taken in LaSalle County, which is in North-Central IL. :)
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  11. scout

    scout New Member

    Cyberly speaking we are neighbors. I'm in the southwest corner of Indiana. Indiana changed their laws a few years ago to help the horn hunter. Not sure I agree with all of them but it's the law and the law is the law :) Illinois is known for giant deer. I know of several people that have leases there and it seems every year one of them is sporting a monster. The picture on post 71 was gone but the other 3 were absolute monsters!! Very, very nice!

    Here is a picture of one I shot a couple years ago. It was just past dawn and he was working a scrap. His rack kinda went straight up and didn't really bend over his head much. It was low light and I thought holy crap that's a monster because I thought it was his rear tines but it was his whole rack! HAHA anyway I was a little disappointed but it is kinda of a unique rack.

    2010 Buck2.jpg
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