short range sniper....

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  1. powg

    powg New Member

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    We have all heard guys talking about really long shots on big game .....let's here about your closest shot on deer ,hogs ,elk etc ....where your hunting ability using stealth ,camo ,woodsmanship ,utilization of wind etc helped you get really close .....blinds/ elevated stands dont count ...still hunting ,ground level only please . Gun ,bow ,pistol ,spear .... thanks :cool:
     
  2. c3shooter

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    Was deer hunting, opening day, muzzleloader season. Was staked out on a trail thru some heavy woods- trail came down into, and up out of a 5 ft deep drainage ditch. Had a GREAT hide site that was 3 ft to the right of the trail, just inside the lip of the ditch. Had been in the hide for about an hour, and here comes a doe (not legal) trotting down the trail. I sat, not breathing, waiting for the buck that MIGHT be following behind her (ladies first).

    She trotted right down the trail, down into the ditch, and up the other side- 3 ft to my left. Could not resist- as she passed, whipped off my cap, and slapped her across the ass. I swear she LEVITATED about 8 ft straight up!

    On reflection, was not a good idea- deer hooves are SHARP- but just could not resist.
     

  3. CaseyChadwell

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    I do the vast majority of my deer hunting from the ground, even bow hunting. I would say the best stalk I have ever made on a deer would have been in a lease I had last year. I was hunting one side of a 700 yard field, and of course the deer come out on the other side. Being as I am the most impatient person in the world I decided to put a lil stalk together. The deer were walking towards me and facing me the entire time. The only cover I had was about three rows of standing corn, the rest of the field was mowed down weeds and alfalfa. I actually made it to about 45 yards on the lead doe and made a shot...she tasted wonderful.

    Other than that, my first bow harvest was at about 10 feet, I had a makeshift blind with burlap camo covering. How that deer did not see my 6'6" long lanky a$$ stand up and draw my bow I'll never know. I guess the good Lord wanted to reward me for all the hours I had in the woods without harvesting any meat for the freezer.
     
  4. Gatoragn

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    2005 LA deer season

    Hunting Deer with hounds is legal in much of LA.

    One of my fellow hunters was in the right place at the right time and the pack pushed a buck to him just to the north of me. FH shot the deer and knocked it down. FH called over his radio that he shot a buck, then mumbled something unitelligible followed by two more shots. 2-3 minutes later I heard the leaves rustling and limbs cracking. The buck came out of a thicket and stopped at ~15 yards. My 270 put an end to that chase.

    Upon close examination, FH had hit the deer at the base of the horn, stunning the deer, but drawing no blood.
     
  5. jjfuller1

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    i was hunting with my muzzleloader. and took my morning still dark nap. when i opened my eyes just at that perfect getting light time. much to my surprise i was looking directly into the eyes of a yearling buck.. he took two hops and turned broadside. bang.. no more hops..

    the buck in the pic was a similiar story. but he was about fifteen yards away when we saw each other
     

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  6. awahlster

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    hunting on an island in the Santiam River Near Jefferson OR. With some friends using a borrowed Winchester Model 94 c1905. I stopped to do my morning business and while squatting there all I could think about was all the funny stories you hear about guys missing out on some big buck while taking a pee or something.

    Well I stood up did up my pants (noticed one of the other guys about 100 yards away through the brush) I reached down pickup the trusty 30-30 and turned around to head the other direction.

    As soon as I turned around there not 20 yards away was a small forked horn Blacktail buck with the biggest eyes I have ever seen on a deer. His head was on the ground and he seamed to be almost tasting the air (no accounting for taste LOL) I slowly raised the rifle to my shoulder took it off of half cock and pointed it directly between his antlers. His head started to raise. And then he tipped his head back to an extreme angle. This changed the POA I had so I aimed at it's chin figuring at the close range the bullet would just miss the chin and take out a section of neck.

    I fired the little buck slammed into the ground like he's been dropped from 20 ft. I walked up to him and saw I had just skipped the ball on his chin and then taken out about a 3-4" long section of his back bone about an inch down from the Occipital opening in the back of the skull. the deadest deer I ever shot.

    As a kid hunting with my dad in the tall ferns around Silverfalls State Park I twice stepped on does bedded down in the ferns. Both times I ended up on my arse.
     
  7. Boyerracing343

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    First deer i ever killed was when i was 13 years old with a mossberg 500 w/ slug barrel. I was sitting in some thicket with my father watching 6 deer about 600 yards away walking straight toward us. Out of no where a very nice sized doe came walking along right infront of us. I would guess 20 yards. I quickly raised my shotgun and shot with a clean double lung shot and the doe dropped instantly. I was pretty excited for my first kill. I will always remember that evening with my father.
     
  8. alsaqr

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    My closest shot was a big sow standing under my 12 foot tree stand.
     
  9. unclebear

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    muskrat 5 foot away .357 mag hollow point to the head, me and my old man were hunting a muskrat in my ants pond he had the 22 and I had the 357 (I don't remember why) he was scanning the pond and the little SOB came out of the hole right under his feet I waited till it got farther away they shot it blood everywhere. :D
     
  10. onenut58

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    I have walked right into a bedded down herd twice before.First time i never got a shot. they scared me as bad as i scared them.One moment it was silent and I was easing along and the next All hell broke loose. One elk was only about ten feet to my right and I am prety sure was the lead cow who noticed me and in a split second bolted with the others following.The second time i got big cow as she stood up about 30 feet in front of me.Another time I was scanning the brush in front of me and seen a five point rag horn looking right at me from about 25 feet peering out of the brush. I shot him dead center between the eyes.
    Elk for the most part spook easy like a white tail but if you walk up on them they will stand still as a statue like a deer sometimes.As long as you raise your rifle slowly they wont spook and you can draw a nice bead on them.
     
  11. powg

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    closeing the distance

    great stories ! Thank yall for your reply to this thread ....Ive killed lots of deer and hogs ,2 bull elk ,and good muley buck , but my most memorable was the 2 yr old 5 point whitetail . i had been hunting in a ladder til my back and butt couldn't stand another minute...so i climbed down and formulated a plan to still hunt a little section of woods near the property line .In east tx early november is crazy weatherwise 40's at dawn 70-80's at noon ,wind changes constantly! I played the odds knowing wind would probably change , I stalked back to a bedding area ...caught me a horny straggler that stayed out a little too late with the ladies ....trotting down a old logging road ...tongue hanging out ...looking like a vampire racing the sun ! At 12 steps ...when he looked up ,the blr 30-06 took him dead center chest ...he sat down on his rear ...then got up ,falling ,thrashing stumbling towards me ....when he expired I could have touched him with the muzzle! Aint nothin better than'' besting'' a deer on the ground ''still ''hunting !:D
     
  12. nmoyer

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    I was sitting in a tree stand on a cold December morning with a .270 rifle watching a number of deer running about 200 yards away when I heard a little russel just behind me. Turned around to two button bucks about 30 yards away, if that.

    When I turned, they looked up and froze. Dropped the first one and the other remained still. Chambered another round and dropped him as well.

    My buddy came around after hearing the two shots and asked "I heard two shots, did you miss em'??". I just pointed at the two bucks with a big ole' grin.
     
  13. awahlster

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    Was this story designed to make some of us jealous? Here in Oregon that stunt would have gotten you a nice vacation from hunting and the loss of your rifle and maybe pickup and tree stand.

    See we don't really have any way I know of to harvest two deer in the same season or hunt. You would have to draw a special doe tag that was for a controled hunt that ran concurent with a general season buck hunt.

    You East coast boys have all the fun.
     
  14. nmoyer

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    Haha, just telling the story. I had 6 tags (I beleive 4 of which were anterless) when purchasing the standard hunting license for deer.

    The problem that I do encounter that you may not is finding the land to hunt on. Living close to the city requires a significant commute typically.
     
  15. trip286

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    I was walking to my truck to go to work one morning, and as I rounded the corner of the house I came face to face with a pretty big white tail doe. We both jumped straight in the air making all kinds of funny noises and took off in opposite directions. I've never seen a deer miss a jump before but when she tried to jump the barb wire fence she got a leg tangled really bad. I got my pistol from the truck thinking hey this is easy meat, and when I walked up to her she got loose. The range opened up so fast I had to let her go, couldn't risk the shot.
     
  16. 1982flh80

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    Most people I know have taken whitetail here in w/Pa. @ or within 100 yrds. So I often ask these guys what they hunt with. Heres a small list: 6.5x55 swede, 7mm-08, 30.06, 270, 30-30, 303 Brit, 8x57, 7x57, 308. All good calibers for whitetail. So why on the other hand do some "great whitetail hunters" require rifles chambered in say 7mm Mag, 300 Weatherby, 338 Lapua, 300 Win Mag, 458, 264 Mag? Not to mention the whiz bang calibers like the new short magnums. Long range hunting beyond 100 yrds seems to be more prevalent out west. Mule deer, bighorn sheep and pronghorns are usually hunted at what I would consider extreme range. Hence the need for the magnum calibers.
     
  17. 1982flh80

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    Smile

    Say cheese! Is this close enough?
     

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  18. JonM

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    i use 458 cuz its a fantastic deer round. less meat damage than a 30-30 and drops them where they stand.
     
  19. Brent L

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    Two for the books. Three feet for a javilina I called in with a varmint call, and 25 ft for a feral hog I snuck up on in a swamp from about 25yards.... Both one arrow kills.
     
  20. fmj

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    Yep, here in IN getting tags isnt the issue.....finding permission to hunt land is the issue. Hell i can get 9 tags for the counties around me. (8 antlerless and one antlered) or in the urban zone here i could get 18 tags (16 antlerless and 2 antlered) but good luck getting permission to hunt!

    Farmers whine and bitch about crop damage but never allow anyone on their property...or allow 1-2 people on.

    I just got tossed off a property because the old guy that was hunting it before me went to the land owner bitching saying "If he hunts here this year i'm not!" the greedy old bastard has 35 acres of his own, another 50 acres 20 minutes north of where we were hunting, the 40 i got tossed from and over 100 acres in the urban zone here!