Well, I had a great rifle season this year. I shot a buck up by Watersonville then a few days later I shot a doe there as well.
When I shot the buck I was approaching a gully where I often see deer on the other side. I heard something coming from behind me so I turned around and saw a buck trotting along about 50 to 75 yards away. With a quick look for points I found 3-points on one side to make it legal then I shot with my 30-06. Its tail dropped and it ran off. There wasn’t any snow, but I was able to track it by the ruffled leaves and spots of blood here and there. My brother saw it then my father got to shoot at it and miss. Then I had a quartering away shot and tried for its head twice, but only hit once. It would go for a distance then lay down until you jumped it again. Finally, just before dark my brother was able to shoot it in the neck and finish it off. My initial shot had been more of a gut shot which was why it had been so much trouble. Unfortunately, it was not as much of a fast clean kill as you would hope for.
On the flip side my doe only took one shot and dropped on the spot. I was watching a little ways up the road from where I had shot my buck a few days later with one of my friends. Then as evening came I saw two does come running in the woods about 100 yards away. I was sitting up against a tree so I had a good stead aim and after checking to make sure there were not antlers I shot with my 30-06. The doe instantly fell where it stood.
I had a good season. I never expect to fill my buck tag anymore with the antler restrictions, but I’ve been blessed with a buck two years in a row now.
Well, I made it home from college this weekend for the first day of antlerless season here in WMU 2D.
At about 10:00 I heard a sound to my right by the edge of the field where I was sitting. Turning my head I saw an antlerless deer skip back into the woods.
Later in the morning I hear a shot nearby. Soon I saw lone deer running in the field in front of me about 200 yards away. I cranked my scope magnification way up and brought my gun up. As I found the deer in the scope it turned and started running straight towards me. I saw that it was an anterless deer just as a roll in the field hid it from view. A few seconds later it reappeared about 50 yards away running fast right at me. My sight picture due to the high magnification became blurred, so realizing it would only get worse I fired. Then the deer started veering of to its right as I fired another poorly aimed shot. With the deer at about 20 yards now I realize the scope is not helping me any. So, I look through the see through scope mounts at my open sights, however, the deer now reaches the woods and I can not track it. I checked for blood and found none and looked around in the woods for awhile. Nothing. Dispute the blurred sight picture I had really felt like the first shot I made was a good shot, but it seems it was not. The deer was coming straight on at me if I had hit it the bullet would have done a lot of damage traveling the length of the deer. So, I am sure I fully missed the deer.
A little before noon today I saw a group of three deer running about 800 yards away. Later this evening two of my brothers and I put on a drive in that area. My Father and other brother who were watching saw the three deer soon after we started the drive. My Father fired one shot instantly killing a mature doe. The other two deer, which must have been its fawns, ran off in. A short time later one of the deer returned and looked at the doe, which gave my brother, who was watching, a shot. He fired knocking the deer over. It stood itself up and stumbled off. My Father said that it looked like a solid hit. When my two other brothers and I arrived, however, we could not find and blood from the deer. We searched for a couple hours trying to find that deer, but with only a partial snow on the ground we were only able to track it a short ways.
It was a busy day today. It has been awhile since I last saw this many deer during deer season. I had a great day–its to bad though that we were not able to recover that deer
In the evening of November the 3rd I sat in my tree stand. Towards sundown I started hearing sounds like some thing coming through the brush in front of me, so I stood up. Then I started hearing what sounded like a squirrel behind me, but when I turned and looked it was a doe. It was walking from behind the tree to the front of the tree, but I must have moved a little when I turned around to look at it, because it kept looking at me. I just held as still as I could and tried to get my bow up when it was not looking. Finally it stopped just a little bit in front of me and stared at me. By then I my bow was pointed at the sky at about 1/4 draw. I decided that the deer would not stand much longer and that I had better just quickly pull the bow back and fire. Well, I got the bow pulled back, but before the front sight pin found the belly of the deer it bolted. Not wanting to take a running shot I did not even try shooting.