Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is over in our area. Nine days is not nearly enough to thin out the herd. The deer are now just nuts..and they will be that way until the weather changes and they head for the swamps to honker down. I have nearly hit two in the past few days, with the car. Last evening on my way out to the Sauna something with hooves thundered through the yard..Chance was very angry.

I got my deer. She was very cooperative and stood reasonably still for me for quite some time. I had a great time hunting with my camera!

Our Granddaughter Maddie was here with us to hunt with my Dad, her Great Grandpa. Maddie is eleven, she is the only one of our grands to show an interest in learning how to hunt. This is the third year that she has hunted with her Great Grandpa.

I loved having her visit..we did girl "stuff" ..we went to watch Joe’s horses in the field and went to visit Odda, the neighbor dog to see how much she had grown. She wanted to see what photographs I had taken recently.. not exactly the typical "girl stuff" .. I visited her and my Dad in the Deer Stand.

She didn’t see a thing while in the deer stand for a day and a half. "What did you see Maddie?" "Not a blasted thing Grandma..not even any squirrels." Shortly after we left to take her back home my Dad saw and bagged his deer. If she had stayed just one more hour..

This is my Dads Deer Stand..I love that it has steps instead of a ladder. He has windows that he can open, and he has a Propane Heater that takes the chill off..and a computer chair that is pretty comfortable. He was talking about insulating it..some years it is terribly cold during deer season.. I recall one November when it was twenty below zero..that was sometime back in the late 1970’s. This year deer season weather was almost too warm..but there were a few days that it rained..and one morning it snowed.

There is talk of Maddie taking the Gun Safety Class..and there is talk about building a deer stand that could double as a telescope observation deck..and there was talk about the type of gun she needs..something not to heavy..something a little "girly." :)

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5 Responses to Deer Hunting

  1. dumbo says:

    I have been thinking of a deer stand along those same lines, but I haven’t been able to talk my son-in-law to build it for me, after all it would be on his land.

    Too bad Maddie didn’t get to at least see a deer.

    Suggest a 243 for her first gun Not too heavy and not to much kick. With 80 grain bullets it is adequate for deer and other small game and the 100 grain bullet would probably do for anything smaller than a moose.

  2. TechnoBabe says:

    That’s a good shot inside the deer stand. Nine days doesn’t sound like very many days.

  3. pyro6999 says:

    i shot one on opener, and then i didnt see another deer. i am hoping to go up north where they have an extra week. those deer stands even have the big buddy heaters installed. i too, have seen so many deer again now that season is over. maybe the muzzle loader season will be better.

    im not a fan of the .243, yeah its a nice gun for a beginner but in the real world its best suited for a more experienced shooter. the 6mm’s are marginal for body shots on deer. i prefer stuff like the .257 roberts as well as the .25-06 as a the starting point for deer. the .260rem and the 7-08 are also great choices.


  4. big drift says:

    My boy is 8 and took his first deer with a .243 at 295 yards, using a 100 gr. bullett, one shot dropped right there. Youth rifles are great for size and fit. The only other caliber I would recommend would be a 7mm-08.

    And they use the .243 for moose in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and North America. Shot placement and quality boolits make the difference.

  5. dave says:

    They use the 6.5×55 for Moose in those countries. Unless your kids shot those deer in the spine or head i highly doubt they fell were they were shot. Ive shot deer under 100yards with 300 mags that didnt die where they were shot.

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