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    While you were sleeping...

    The alarm rang out at 3.55am which was my wake up yesterday morning to throw my gear into the ute and meet my son at 5am for our day’s hunting in public land 2 hours away.

    As I drove out of town I was surprised at how many other utes and trucks were on the road so early, which prompted me to comment to Craig that the car park was going to be full. As it turned out it was empty so they must have been all going somewhere else.

    The light was just creeping in when we hit the track so we only needed our torches in the bush for about 30 minutes. Our first look out spot yielded nothing so we pushed on steeply up hill to the next spot, where Craig explained “pigs”. They were a KM away so we scurried up hill and down dale to where we could get a shot at them. We sneaked over the ridge and peered into the basin, for Craig to make his second monumental exclamation since saying “pigs!” This time it was “F’ken cattle!”, “no wonder they looked so big”. Escapee’s from a nearby station.

    We glassed this basin for a while and then decided it would be a good idea to walk another 2 hours or so on top of the 3 hours we had done so far and explore some new country. So off we headed to the promised land.

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    The promised land turned out ok, and between 11am and 3pm we saw 6 different deer – all within a range of 500 yards. There was a bit of a stiff breeze and we had a big walk back to the truck so were content to explore, watch and to take photos.

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    We moved off at about 3pm and headed in another direction (away from the truck for heavens sake) and glassed another basin, and then had a conference about where to now. We agreed that if we were going to shoot a deer it should be closer to the truck, so at 4pm that was the direction we started to head.

    About 2 hours from the truck we stopped on a nob to glass some sunny scrub faces below us (Craig knows this country well) and my Tilly winded furiously all of the time I sat there. Nothing appeared so we moved off and Craig stopped so that we could glass into the same area but from a different angle. Nothing, and it was 4.30pm so Craig started to get ready to move off. I stood up, and said “one last look”...and put my binos onto a hind and yearling right where Tilly had been winding into. Action stations. Well action after Craig had set his camera up for a vid and he had cleared the jam from his rifle.

    They were 358 yards away. Craig had his 300RUM and I had my 270wsm so were well gunned (and slightly cocky).

    1-2-3 whoomph, the 2 shots went off as one. One seemed to drop and one bolted straight down hill. The vid from Craig’s camera revealed 2 solid hits.

    I stayed put while Craig went around the creek head and tried to find them while I guided him on the radio, and then I went over once that was done. I had hit mine a bit far back but it was still deadly medicine.

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    Here's the 130 grn Federal TBT covered from the hind leg of my hind.
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    Being a good lad Craig carried about 2/3 of the meat and I carried the rest.

    There were lots of ups and not many downs on the walk back to the truck but we kept at it without any real stops and made it back to the truck by 7pm. I was home by 9.30pm.

    It took me a while to settle after getting home. I was buzzing about the day with my lad and exploring new country. Buzzing about seeing plenty and shooting a deer each and satisfied that I had rammed one up the nay-sayers who assume I only hunt private land.
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    The typos will have to remain because for some reason I can't edit it.

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    Good effort. ��
    You sure do shoot a lot of deer.
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    Nice - only one way to get deer (whether on public land or not) and that's to be "out there doing it"
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    Have you got a private black market going for all this deer meat lol

    Good story.

    Whats the story with that round found in the hind leg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Browning View Post
    Have you got a private black market going for all this deer meat lol

    Good story.

    Whats the story with that round found in the hind leg?
    Most of it is given away and we eat the rest. The hind was at an angle onto me.

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    Bruce, you need to leave the odd deer or two for us other punters. Good story, hard yards as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Most of it is given away and we eat the rest. The hind was at an angle onto me.
    Oh, that was your round, thought it was someone elses. Surprised it wasnt more broken up.

    Anyway, good story with your faithful companions, thanks for the photos and for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsaw View Post
    Bruce, you need to leave the odd deer or two for us other punters. Good story, hard yards as usual.
    They are still making them.
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    Tahr send any nay sayers in my direction and I will set them straight. I am not nearly as polite as you and would have no qualms reciting their lineage for them. Oh and well done the two of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    They are still making them.
    I think they've stepped up production in the last 10 years.
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    What a choice day (long one ) out with your son. I don't think you have to prove to us that you only shoot your deer in easy country, some of those private land hunts are pretty epic. Once again well done and that bullet sure has done a nice job.
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    That was a long day
    Great stuff - think you and her (Hind) have something in common "old and tuff" :-)))
    Did she have any teeth Bruce ?

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    where is that scientific MOD/SUP thingi on the end of your sons Muckstick ????
    :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    That was a long day
    Great stuff - think you and her (Hind) have something in common "old and tuff" :-)))
    Did she have any teeth Bruce ?
    She was pretty damned old. Didn't actually look in her mouth but did notice she had that undershot gummy look that I'm getting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Buzzing about seeing plenty and shooting a deer each and satisfied that I had rammed one up the nay-sayers who assume I only hunt private land.
    Car park was empty, sounds pretty private to me
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