Sunday, January 1, 2012
Tough, ugly doe tags.
A grisly business shooting doe tags up at Clarksville. Used my Remington 700 and M852.One behind the shoulder shot and one between the eyes. 102 and 122 lbs live weight. That's healthy down here. The 122 is the top for this season. Taking her apart, even her bones were more solid and heavy. Saw several bucks, lots of little deer, some turkeys, shot a pig in the gloaming and found it the next day when we spooked two coyotes off the carcass back in the brush. Most of the time was spent skinning and butchering deer. Lots of knife work with vintage knives and a little fruit pickers folding knife I fancy. Seems like Dr. Sneed and I were busy every second from dawn until dusk. Perfect hunting weather and very good to let the does hang.
Crazy experience- the glare backed me up in the blind on the first deer. I had to put a foot up in my chair and brace my knee on my elbow to get the scope out of the sunlight and glare I was looking into. Inadvertently got the muzzle of the Remington 700 inside the blind with me. When the trigger broke I thought the gun had blown up. All-fiberglass stand. Sound was probably the loudest thing I had ever heard. No ear protection. Usually it isn't an issue with one shot and the rifle out the window. Still recovering.
Update: Frank Cirillo, NYC stake-out team leader who was in more modern gunfights than anyone else said he looked for three things when recruiting team members: They had to shoot competition, reload ammo and have hunted and killed big game. When he found someone who did that he had found his guy.
Update II: It's a little known fact that deer are actually vegetables. They are also free-range, organic and low-salt. These are harvested with traditional methods and wise land-use practices. So there.