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Opening weekend
« on: November 28, 2014, 10:12:39 PM »
Saturday was the opening day of the Alabama "gun" deer season, and since I worked off Friday morning, I had three days to enjoy it.  Ventured into the wilds of east Tennessee to acquire Senior Minions 1 & 2, who have been looking forward to this since forever.  After a brief stop to allow them to try and bankrupt yet another Chinese buffet, we arrived here at Rancho Imperfecto, and set about getting our poop in a group to hunt on Saturday.

As typical 14YO girls, they were up until the wee small hours giggling and talking about girl stuff, but 0-dark-30 found them raring to go.   My neighbor had graciously allowed us the use of his shooting house, since he's an OTR trucker, and would be out of town until Tuesday, so we were all set.   All three of us were using Savage rifles, in 7mm-08 caliber, and shooting handloads of 140gr. Nosler Ballistic Tips over 39.9 gr of Reloader 15.  (For the record, this load generates about 2600 fps from a 20-inch bbl, and we are all sighted 2 inches high at 100 yds, which has us on the money at 200, and 8.5 inches low at 300, but around here a 300 yard shot is highly unlikely.)

Sundown Saturday found us delivering three fat does to the local processor, each of which had fallen to one well-placed round.  Could not have been happier with the performance of either the bullet, the rifles,  or of the Senior Minions, who handled most of the grunt work of getting the deer out of the field.

The reason we didn't score earlier is pretty embarrassing.  See, I'd gotten up for work (last night shift) at about  4PM on Thursday, and got off work at 7AM on Friday.  Went to the range to verify zeros on a couple of rifles, did a couple of chores at home, and left at about 1PM to go gather up the Minions.  Finally got home and all squared away at about 10PM, at which point I'd been awake for about 30 hours.  Then rolled out at 4AM on Saturday to fix breakfast (the Minions aren't doing anything before breakfast, but they did help fix it), and got us to the shooting house at about 5:30AM.

Sometime between 8 and 9AM, I fell asleep.  As in fell really hard asleep.  As in dead-to-the world asleep.  Woke up about 10AM, and casually asked if I'd missed anything. Senior Minion 1 said "We had some does out at the far edge of the greenfield a little while ago.  They weren't feeding, they were just passing through to bed down."

I said "Why didn't you shoot?"

She said "We thought about it, but we really hated to wake you up." :-[

The sudden rise in temperature was caused by my embarrassed blushing.  Felt low enough to do free-falls off a quarter.

So as penance for my lack of character, when we went back after lunch, I stashed the Minions in the shooting house, and then circled around to come onto the creek that runs behind the greenfield about 2 miles downstream, where I  started a slow stroll up the creek toward the greenfield.  I could hear deer getting up ahead of me, but they weren't running in a full-scale panic, just "moving."  About a quarter-mile from the shooting house I heard what I would have sworn was one shot.  Hunkered down right there, and waited about ten minutes for a couple of does who had turned around and headed back home.  Anchored one at about 75 yards or so, marked the spot, and headed on to the shooting house. 

When I got close, I yelled and asked "Did you get one?"  Senior Minion 1 replied "Nope."  Somewhat surprised (these girls are serious shooters) I asked "What happened?  Senior Minion 2 answered "We got two!"  Both were found within 50 yards of where they'd been hit.

Sunday daybreak found the weather "less than ideal", i.e., it was raining pitchforks and cannonballs, and nothing with any sense was moving around outdoors, so we spent the day watching movies and napping.

Monday, they wanted to explore old graveyards, and went through most of a sketch pad making rubbings off of old tombstones.  Took them home that afternoon, early enough that they could be ready for school tomorrow.

All in all, I can't remember having this much fun in one weekend.  If it was any better, I'd bottle it and sell it!
Alabama"Stand your ground!  Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!"  Capt. John Parker

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    Re: Opening weekend
    « Reply #1 on: November 28, 2014, 10:21:52 PM »
     Congratulations :thumbup1   

    Gun season is just NOW starting?  This is last weekend and hunting season is done here in MT.

    Finally filled my tag with a little forkhorn.  Won't take mediocre bucks because I've gotten good ones.   Took him with my Sig .40  :cool
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    Re: Opening weekend
    « Reply #2 on: November 28, 2014, 10:54:14 PM »
    Our gun season runs through the end of January.  Bow season and muzzleloader seasons start in October, with bow starting about mid-October.  A lot of that is based on when the rut starts, which, down here, is usually late December-early January.
    « Last Edit: November 28, 2014, 11:54:28 PM by First Shirt »
    Alabama"Stand your ground!  Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!"  Capt. John Parker

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