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Old 11-17-2012, 20:57   #1
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His and hers deers today

Opening day of gun in NY. I took a 4 point this morning, nice sized body. Wife was in the house with our son. Had a sitter scheduled for the afternoon so both my wife and I could go out. It is her 3rd season of trying with gun, and had just ended her first of trying with bow. She had an opportunity on a spike during bow season, but didn't act on him, not realizing he wasn't going to stand still long, and hoping he'd turn away so she could draw, but he moved off too quickly before she could do anything.

She goes out this opening day afternoon, Mossberg 20 ga pump with scoped deer barrel. I convinced her to go to the far back of our property in the woods, in a 15' ladder stand we placed there half-way through bow season. Kinda too big woods open for bow, but good visibility for gun.

Sitter and my 7yr old were tearing up the living room so I took a nap. Woke to a text from my wife just before sunset "Got him". I text back, "Saw or shot?". She calls back and said shot one, and thinks she got him, and now she is shaking. Ok, be right out, with lights.

She calls back, "He's here. He took 2 steps from where I shot him." Get out there, and a nice spike, perfect broadside double lung shot from 35 yards

She says she heard him come in from behind her, even snorting a couple times. Wasn't sure if she was busted, so after a few minutes she snorted back at him! He came around closer, about 40 yards back off her right shoulder (she shoots left, so that's the correct side). She turns her head and sees him snort again, the steam coming out of his nostrils (cold out) while seeming to look at her, but she didn't move (but she jumped on the inside she said). He eventually came around more to the side nosing around, and stopped. BOOM, two steps, and down.

Wife even did the gutting herself, with me just talking her through it, and only helping to turn the deer over

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Old 11-17-2012, 23:29   #2
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Congrats to both of you!

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Old 11-17-2012, 23:36   #3
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Wow, that's great. Good woman you have there!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:10   #4
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:13   #5
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Congrats to both of you, glad you both had a good time. Bet that venison will taste a lot better to her, knowing she did the work for it.

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Congrats to both of you!

Oh, don't piss her off, she sounds deadly!
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:05   #8
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Congrats to both of you!

Oh, don't piss her off, she sounds deadly!
She's also an NRA pistol instructor. Introduces new women to pistol shooting, and teaches the safety course for men and women getting their NYS pistol permits
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:18   #9
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She's a hunter! That's always an impressive quality in a woman. Congrats to both of you.

We drove through upstate NY a few years ago. Beautiful country. I was constantly eying those rural places and imagining how white-tails would be hunted there.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:42   #11
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She's a hunter! That's always an impressive quality in a woman. Congrats to both of you.

We drove through upstate NY a few years ago. Beautiful country. I was constantly eying those rural places and imagining how white-tails would be hunted there.
How? I like to go find a nice place on the edge of a field, or in the woods near a trail or some habitat transition, and sit and wait. Sometimes, on the ground, maybe in a blind, or in a tree stand A 4 hour sit is my goal if I can keep from fidgeting, not freeze, not have to take a leak, or get hungry. If not in a tree stand, I might doze off, and let my ears do the work

If stormy/windy I might still hunt into the wind, one slow careful quiet step at a time, looking for flicker of an ear of a deer laying down.

Eventually toward the middle or end of season, frustrated hunters get together and "drive" dense thickets they think monster bucks are hanging out.
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Congrats! Lots of venison right there,
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Congrats! Lots of venison right there,
Thanks, we were both thinking of your group sizes when placed our respective shots

I was using an HR single shot ultra slughunter scoped 20ga. 1 shot at 45 yards off hand standing broadside between some trees and then he ran right toward me under my tree stand, and I could see the red of that hit as he went by. Never even reloaded till he went into my pasture and flopped down. No drag needed, just a drive of the tractor

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Old 11-18-2012, 17:47   #14
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Congrats!

A couple nice deer!

I wish MY wife shared my passion for hunting and shooting! She comes from an old Pennsylvania clan of woodsmen and hunters. She and her Dad gave me my first shotgun for Christmas many years ago, but she does not hunt.

Nice goin' ( on 2 counts)!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:27   #15
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Congrats to the both of you! We have that same shotgun for my sister and it is a tack driver. In fact my dad and i sometimes opt for that over our muzzle loaders and 11-87 slug guns with cantilevered barrels.
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She snorted BACK at him??


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Old 11-19-2012, 14:09   #17
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Yeah, she read that somewhere.

As far as I can tell from her description he was doing some pre-alert challenge blows (not the grunts, not the snort-wheeze of smelling), and some foot stomping.

So after a few minutes of that over her right shoulder, she decided to mimic him. I would have stayed quiet. But it either calmed him or made him more curious, so he came forward more until he was more to her side and not so much behind her any more. Then he found himself in position for her shot
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