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My first ML deer taken Saturday

Old 11-05-2007, 05:48 PM
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I took him Saturday morning, opening of ML in TN. I climbed down from my stand about 8:45 over one of the bedding areas after only a few passing by in the darkness. I started walking out this ridge and I spotted the little guy feeding down in a small clearing. Luckily it was pretty windy and aided my sneaking. I got to within 100 yards above him and found a good tree to rest against. I shot and saw him flop down but much to my suprise jump back up and take off down the hill. He made it about 70 yards before expiring which suprised me. I was shooting a 300gr Shockwave( I usually shoot 338gr PB Platinums but I ran out at the range and everyone was sold out) and the bullet entered just behind the shoulder, destroyed the shoulder and exited the center of the chest, hitting the heart and lung leaving about a 3" exit hole. After I tracked him it was a pain in the butt mile drag back up and around this mountain top b/c I couldnt even get back up where I came down, much less dragging a deer. But although I had figured the shockwave would knock him down abit better I still recovered my animal and will be enjoying the meat. So when my Powerbelts get in maybe I can go looking for a buck with some headgear.

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Old 11-05-2007, 06:16 PM
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Congrats...I have yet to take one with a Muzzleloader
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:31 PM
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Congratulations on the deer. It actually sounds like the Shockwave did exactly as it was intended or designed to do. Why these animals can take such a hit and still find the strength to get back up and run like they do is a wonder. Good luck chasing that next big buck.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:07 PM
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Congrats! He should offer some good meals.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:30 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like you earned that deer! Yeah,they are tough. They can run,when they should be dead right there.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:41 PM
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First of many! Congratulations.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:26 PM
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Way to go HighSierra. Hope you had help with thatlong drag. If you did it by yourself, well - YOU DA' MAN!
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:30 PM
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Hey guys, did you ever wonder why a shot deer never seems to run in the direction of your truck?
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:54 PM
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I had one almost load it's self,once. Don't happen very often though.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:05 PM
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Funny story from that too, group of hikers where at the road were i had my truck parked. Which first off only half of them had blaze orange vests, no hats, the rest had none and they were hiking in the middle of some foodplots on a WMA during opening of ML. Not too bright but one of them actually asked "so did ya drag that deer all the way up here?" Uh,no, I rode him to the bottom of this hill but after he bucked me off I knew his time had come! Luckily I did have a buddy come help with the drag b/c there was alot of logs and stuff on the trail to carry it over and it probably got carried as much as drug. If it wasnt for him I'd probably been another hour dragging it out.
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