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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

for the last 10 years Ive been carefully stalking through these two wee clearings in the bush on way to my lookout possie,thinking to self...one day Im going to bag a deer on these Cool
well guys this morning Nathan and I got up before the sparrows were releasing their morning flatulence and headed out getting there just on first light for an ANZAC day hunt
we took just Nathans rifle I took Meg my dog and a manuka pole...note I said pole it IS NOT a walking stick Mad
well anyway Im leading meg with Nathan following closely behind and she is just about pulling my arm off to get up to this clearing....I crest the rise in time to see a HUGE rack of antlers with long tops and quite a few of them turn and move across clearing,I turn and tell Nathan to "faaarkin hurry up and get up here a stag" and push him in front..he takes about 5 steps up with rifle and lets drive...no thud comes back to greet ears...40 yards...surely he cant of missed...."where did you aim" I ask..."Neck" was reply...at which my heart sank Sad Sad Sad you DONT shoot rutting stags in neck unless no other option as they big and hairy and the vital bit is small and well protected...never mind we have Megs trusty nose she will soon find him Smile
ah NOPE think again...she led us around but not in any definate direction other than along ridge further...1/2 an hour of searching resulted in no blood other from my legs thanks to bush lawyer Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad at one stage I left Nathan to sit and wait while I took dog on big circuit down and around....and you guessed it another deer,fawn this time pops out in clearing to look at him Confused Confused not our day Sad
we carried on up to jelly fern clearing me in lead with rifle this time and Meg keeping within 5mtrs as told
I look up and spot what looks like a deer about 60 yards above us and up with scope to check it out,fan hammer and start to line up when Son says"thats a hind" Shocked wtf Mad Mad Mad of course deer hears him and bolts up hill away leaving me to fire a hurried shot trying to thread the needle through the trees...again meg not interested and no blood..to add insult to injury Nathan sees both hinds walk calmly over ridge while looking for blood..of course Im holding rifle 20 yards below at that stage Sad
we sat and had a wee snack before continuing...at that point Im ready to just head home,but stick it out
we keep going and spook another two deer one of which was definitely a stag going by body size but I couldnt get enough of a gap/glimpse as he bolted to let rip at him with any show of a hit so never fired....... Meg behaving nicely...keeping right distance in front but really not having a good day on the sniffer department..she 99% air scenter and we were working across breeze most of day(when it wasnt blowing up jacksee)
we covered a lot of ground and saw a heap of sign from past months roar/rut...spooked/heard another couple of "somethings" probably deer.
got back to wagon shattered and deer less
stopped at shop on way home for a cool coca cola...yip they had 330ml glass bottles...same size as a can...I nearly dropped them when she said $9 please......heck I pay that with bourbon in them.....
tasted good though....
sorry Toadlet Dad couldnt get one for you this time Sad Sad will have to raid freezer here before coming to visit next weekend.


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when you approaching clearing where you expect to see a deer,that youve been expecting to see a deer for 10 years plus
#A have rifle up front at ready Scratch
#B Dont faaaarkin miss Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

...and #C BOTH shooters carry a rifle so one can be ready for a backup shot.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

yeah well thats a bit of a sticking point.....depends on who you talk to on which day weather or not its legal..as young fella doesnt yet have own firearms license.......

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:00 am    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Dad and brother need your glasses when you are shooting. I am disappointed neah it is all good Dad just keep going and one day I will have a steak heart to eat one day in the near future
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:09 am    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

nah specsavers man said Im still good as gold ...for now....

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Haha will see in a couple of years time and Nathan at this time of year you never aim for the neck you aim for the shoulder/heart
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

I believe what happened is he was "trying" to do just that and guestimated where neck joined body.......trouble being stag wouldv'e had neck twisted around looking back...shot wouldv'e missed mark by say 3" and sailed harmlessly past as stags body wouldv'e been on other side.....easy rookie mistake....in hindsight had he kept it lined up and paused ,stag would have moved to bolt and exposed itself,a quick shot to be sure but more certain than neck.
Im gutted and can only imagine how badly he feels,thats the third big stag WE have ballsed up in 4 years!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Goodness dad can not get anything right just keep looking at it and letting it walk away
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Toadlet, What you are saying today might come back to you in the future. Most of us have said things about stuff we later lived. Everyone has a bad streak now and again. You just have to get back to basics and keep on going.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:49 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

in 2011 I took my Scratch YOUNG daughter for a walk/hunt in this same area, we spent night up on tops and came down early as we had no water left...coming down through the beech forest I spied a deer below us and put crosshairs on it but when I saw a big fat velvet antler come out from behind tree I let it walk away Shocked ...that I didnt want to shoot a possible trophy was only one reason to do so,the other was to get us down to creek for water ASAP as I was concerned for well being of my wee girl who was being really staunch about it but was as dry as I was....that started a THREE YEAR DROUGHT for me hunting wise where I couldnt get a deer no matter how hard I tried.....
the very last time I hunted this block I let two deer walk away...lets hope its not history repeating itself Sad

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

I think it is dad. You have to many ducks on your mind
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:17 am    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Shocked wash your mouth out young lady.....there is no such thing as "too many ducks" Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:37 am    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

No I am going abit crazy to. Must of learnt it of you Sniper
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Toadlet wrote:
No I am going abit crazy to. Must of learnt it of you Sniper

Thats what I tell my dad too... Very Happy


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: 10 year wait then....... Reply with quote

Haha
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