Gun Season
2005-2006


This hunt on November 19th has been the brunt of my deer sighting while rifle hunting.  Not seeing much of anything this season.  It should pick up soon.

November 19th Saturday Opening Day for Rifle - Rifle hunted on the farm saw a group of small bucks in the morning around 6:30am 5 or 6 bucks small racks had a doe and yearling come right under the stand at 7:30am.  Hunted the afternoon and saw one doe.


Deer: 5 pt.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Date:
January 8, 2006
Time: 9:20am
Location: Morgan County, AL
Weapon:
Remington Model 700
Scope: Zeiss 2.5x10x50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 80 yards
Treestand: Gorilla Hanging Stand
Distance Deer Traveled: 70 yards
Hunters: Jeff Smith

It happened fast and furious.  I climbed into a hanging stand overlooking a hardwood flat before daylight.  Just past the hardwood flat runs a small stream and a large thicket with lots of browse.  It's approximately 100 yards from my stand to the edge of the thicket.  I didn't see a deer all morning until 9:15am.  At 9:15, I saw several doe and fawns come out of the thicket trotting along the hardwood flat.  A minute or so later, this buck came out chasing a doe.  He was 30-40 yards behind the doe and grunting every step.  They cut across the flat getting no closer than 80 yards away.  I looked ahead of the buck trying to find an opening to shoot - not much existed.  I put the scope on the buck and followed him until it appeared open enough to shoot.  I shot and he took off.  I had a good mark on the spot and since he ran off - I sat tight.  About 5 minutes later another doe came out of the thicket with a small buck right on her heels.  He was literally close enough to touch her.  He ran her within 50 yards of the stand.  With one buck shot, I'm not one for breaking the law - I didn't shoot.  Ten minutes later, I saw a big bodied deer move along the edge of the thicket.  He came and went so fast, I just got a glimpse of him and never saw his head.  It looked like a 170+ pound deer.  I got down and went to the spot.  I couldn't find blood even though I could tell the deer was hit.  I tied a piece of trail marker tape at the spot and climbed back in the stand.  I was in the right place.  I looked for awhile for blood and decided to move in the direction the deer ran.  I spotted him 70 yards away.  He was hit low - the bullet went just through the diaphragm at enough angle to hit the bottom of the lungs.  He didn't bleed much.  It was a tough shot - I'm thankful to the big hunting guide in the sky for the deer.


Deer: 3 pt.
Weight: 120 lbs.
Date:
December 21, 2005
Time: 4:10pm
Location: Madison County, AL
Weapon:
Remington Model 700
Scope: Zeiss 2.5x10x50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 310 yards
Treestand: Log Pile
Distance Deer Traveled: 0 yards
Hunters: Jeff Smith

I was hunting in a pile of logs overlooking a clover field and the edge of some select-cut timber. All season,  I've seen deer come out of the pine thicket into the cut timber looking for acorns.  At 3:45pm, I saw a doe and yearling on the opposite side of the clover field.  The clover field was not cut for hay this year and is over waist high in sage grass.  Once a deer enters it, they basically disappear.  At 4:00pm, I saw this buck come out of the lower pines into the field.  By the time I had maneuvered around for the shot, he had moved into the sage field.  I first saw him at 170 yards.  A couple of minutes later, he popped up on a little ridge in the field planted with fruit trees.  It was 250 yards away and he was walking dead away.  When he reached the far side, he turned to my left and began walking directly down the fence row.  The range finder shot the opposite side at 320 yards, that's to far for a walking shot.  I decided if he stopped, I'd shoot him.  He stopped and I fired.  I didn't see him run off but with the sage grass, it would've been hard to tell either way.  I continued to sit in the pile of logs, just at dark a herd of deer come through and smelled me at 40 yards.  It's thick in the timber and they basically disappear in low light.  At dark, I walked toward the spot marked before the shot - A large pine tree standing above the hardwood.  The deer was lying about 10 yards from the edge of the woods.  My rifle is sighted in 1.5 inches high at 100 yards - that puts it 6.5 inches low at 300 yards - crucial information to have for long shots.

The far left side of the picture is the area where the deer was shot.  Notice how tall the sage grass has grown.  The field was mowed around the edges and that's about the only area to see the deer.  This picture was taken from the log pile.  The woods on the far left is 320 yards away.

 

Picture of the select cut timber.  Notice how thick the growth is - it's hard to see a deer when darkest starts to fall.  Another log pile 50 yards away in the center of the pictures - these log piles make great hiding spots!


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Deer: Doe
Weight: 75 lbs.
Date:
December 7, 2005
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Vina, AL
Weapon:
Remington Model 700
Scope: Zeiss 2.5x10x50mm
Caliber: 270Win
Bullet: Nosler Partition 130gr.
Range: 80 yards
Treestand: Shooting House
Distance Deer Traveled: 0 yards
Hunters: Jeff Smith & Chip Knight

I was hunting out of a shooting house with a split green field.  I thought the deer would be in the field to my left.  Right at dark, I glanced back to the upper field on the right and saw 2 deer walking across the end.  They went into the pines.  I saw a small group of 6 or so deer walking in a line through the pines.  I picked out a hole and shot the deer when it stepped in the hole.


This is my gun hunting combinations:

Remington 700 270Win - Zeiss VM 2.5x10 50mm - Nosler 130gr Partition

 

Remington 700 Sendero 7mm Rem Mag - Zeiss VM 3x12 56mm- Nosler 150gr Ballistic Tip

 

Browning 1885 High Wall Single Shot 270Win - Leupold VIII 6.5x20 50mm AO - Nosler 150gr Partition

Thompson Omega Muzzleloader - Leupold VX-III Scope 4.5x14 50mm - Barnes Spitfire Bullet

 

 

Thompson Contender Single Shot Pistol 30/30 Win - T/C Scope 4x 28mm - Nosler 125gr Ballistic Tip

 


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