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Shot my first mottled whitetail deer/dead hog pics
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:38:22 AM »
I've been on a seek & destroy mission for almost a week now (will be heading home tomorrow) on my friend's plantation with instructions to thin out a bunch of does and every hog that I come across.  I already filled about 10 doe tags in 3 days with my 300 Blackout and was told about another area that needed attention...but the shots would be at least 275 yards and as far as 360 or so and would have to use something with a little more reach.  I just so happened to have my SIG SSG 3000 in .308 (one of my favorite rifle calibers) and a decent supply of 178gr AMAX rounds loaded by myself tuned to this rifle.  I recently got this rifle from Wal Mart of all places over the Father's Day weekend as they were on sale for 997.00 + tax (500.00 off regular price) and have hunted with it only once before and shot a really nice sow that was only 120 yards away, pretty much a chip shot.

The food plot that I hunted over from a really nice covered ladder stand is a thing of beauty.  It is nothing short of a carpet of green that looked like nice leafy lettuce.  I wasn't in the stand (this was a late afternoon hunt) for even 10 minutes before I saw at least a half dozen does munching away.  I'm a terrible judge of distance so I use a Bushnell ARC 1000 range finder and it has proven to be very accurate.  The deer started at the front of the food plot and were very relaxed.  They did alert to other does coming out a little later on and did notice another group at the back of the food plot and that's when I noticed a chubby doe that had quite a bit more white on her belly than all of the others.

She started at the back left side where there is a blind spot from the stand and she fed across to the right side of the plot but for the most part stayed near the back.  I watched her come and go to the plot at least 3 times and as it started to get dark I decided that if I saw her again that she would be my main target.  I could tell that she was an older mature doe despite not being as tall as the other 2+ year old does.  She didn't have any black on her and was a light brown to almost gray color with a droopy belly that made her legs look short/out of proportion to her body.  I could tell that she was pretty cool looking with her markings and was hoping to get a shot and also to get a closer look.  I was told that these mottled deer have a genetic defect that keeps them from growing large and are pretty rare.

It was about dusk when I saw her again but where she came out from the left there was a tree that couldn't be more in my way.  The scope that I have on the rifle is a fixed 16x and is terrible in low light.  I kept watching her and when she finally did step out from the tree I could see that there was another doe right behind her which could be wounded from a pass through shot.  I knew that they couldn't be in step for too long so at that moment I ranged her at exactly 323 yards and added 5.25 MOA elevation correction to my scope.  Just as soon as I did that and got back behind the rifle she presented me with a slightly quartering towards (facing to the right) shot that I decided to take. 

As soon as the shot broke I could see the bright muzzle flash in the darkening sky.  I could see in the field of view through the scope the impact and the deer jump straight up and fall on her back and her back legs kicking up the greenery and soil.  It was a sight to behold as it was pretty dramatic.  All but 1 deer left the food plot as it was more interested in eating than anything else.  I ended up walking up on that same doe as it started snorting at me I assume to get me to leave its food source.  Anyway, I made it to my deer and was surprised on how stocky and heavy this deer was.  She was easily 150# live weight and at least 3.5 years old.  The AMAX round proved to be extremely deadly and struck the exact point of aim.  This was my longest shot on game in the past 3-4 seasons and the constant long range practice that I get to shoot has come into play.  This is by far the coolest doe I have harvested and I'm sure she'll taste really good. 

I'm very lucky to have friends who not only have land to hunt on but also have plenty of game to shoot.  He was given 40 doe tags this season if that's any indication of the deer infestation problem...not including the hogs which are incredibly damaging to the property.  I did get to blast a few hogs with my 300BLK but I had more fun going after the deer.  I'm coming back down after Thanksgiving for a few more days so hopefully I'll be as successful then.




The entry point is right in front of the leg and broke it just below the shoulder.  The leg flops around while making a squishy sound in the chest cavity.


The top hog was shot at about 120yds going straight away from me with the entry just above the left cheek and traveled through it like a block of ballistics gelatin.  I couldn't find an exit wound so I assume the Barnes 110gr TAC-TX projectile was still in him.  It took me a while to find the entry point as there was barely a drop of blood on the whole pig and I honestly thought I gave it a heart attack.  The bottom pig was more obvious to its demise.
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    Re: Shot my first mottled whitetail deer/dead hog pics
    « Reply #1 on: November 24, 2014, 01:39:15 AM »
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    Re: Shot my first mottled whitetail deer/dead hog pics
    « Reply #2 on: November 24, 2014, 04:03:03 PM »
    The top hog was shot at about 120yds going straight away from me with the entry just above the left cheek and traveled through it like a block of ballistics gelatin.  I couldn't find an exit wound so I assume the Barnes 110gr TAC-TX projectile was still in him.  It took me a while to find the entry point as there was barely a drop of blood on the whole pig and I honestly thought I gave it a heart attack.

    Hah!  Reminds me of a coyote my Dad shot back in the day.  Out deer hunting, spotted the coyote.  It broke away.  He aimed at the back of it's head and drilled it will a 7mm Magnum just as it was bounding over a snow drift.  No extra holes in the pelt at all, and only a few drops of blood.  Instead of hitting it in the back of the head, when it jumped the drift, the round went where you would imagine and stayed in the body.
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