I did not do the live hunt yesterday or today, which is good, because all I saw yesterday morning was a big nasty boar hog. It took all of my restraint to keep from killing him, but I haven’t fired a shot at a deer this season and I was deer hunting. I had borrowed my son’s CVA Wolf .50 caliber muzzleloader because I haven’t fired my Encore in years and didn’t know if my pellets were still good. I’ve heard that they can deteriorate over time, so I didn’t want to chance it.
The wind was great for my home place this morning and I haven’t sat that stand in over a week so I was in about thirty minutes before daylight. I saw a deer very early that even with binos I couldn’t tell the sex. An hour or so later several members of a doe group came trotting into my wheat plot and began to get closer to me. The wind this morning was on and off. When it blew, my scent was going behind me, but when it stopped, I know my scent was sliding downhill toward the wheat. Everything was great, I looked over all the does and one button buck………and the wind stopped. One youngster got nervous, lifted her tail and that made the rest of them nervous ! They began to mill around, and I’ve been there and done that, so I got the Wolf up, saw one decent doe was broadside, settled the crosshairs and squeezed the trigger. When the smoke cleared, she was laying where she had stood ! I was using Powerbelt bullets and two White Hot pellets. The bullet hit her spine in the high shoulder exactly where I had aimed. That’s only the second animal in my life that I’ve shot with a gun I’d never fired before, but my son won’t have a gun that won’t shoot and I knew it would be on the money.
I’m no longer skunked !