Posted 11 August 2012 - 07:16 AM
He is now my x-son-in-law, but he was a successful hunter. We'd made that hunt before, dragging a buck off that hill. Most hunters would pass that area by on their way to higher ground, where the next house was a long ways. It was only 3/4s of a mile or so through to the main road but was a perfect bedding area, with chest high ferns and benches under the tall firs. In the fields at the bottom you were more likely to see a herd of elk late in the evening than a careless Blacktail.
On rare occasions we Oregonians are blessed with an extra weekend tacked onto the end of the regular rifle season. This was one of those times and was a last chance situation. The fact that it was pouring buckets didn't slow us down a bit. I slipped into the brush at the top carrying a Marlin .30/.30, lever action, with a scope, unlike Johns slick topped 94. I took my time, moving very slowly, checking all the likely bedding areas, and getting drenched, even under the tall firs. At the bottom John was all ready waiting, where we talked over what to do. Walking back to the rig we noticed a couple sets of fresh tracks we hadn't noticed that morning, that had rain water seeping into them. They were sizzling hot! "Sizzling", with the heat of the rut. I knew his young legs and open sights were the better choice so wished him well. When he slipped into the brush I was ready for a lengthy wait, but was surprised when that .32 bellowed right away. He had only gone maybe 30yds. when the doe crossed in front of him. He had the .32 up and waiting when the buck, all hot and steaming, eyes bulging, came charging into the clearing. You just never know what will happen on those kind of days. One thing for sure, that simple way of hunting, without all the extra "stuff" is sometimes the only way to go.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 05:12 PM
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:01 PM
Those "old growth" ferns hold more water than any reprod unit ever thought of.. Well that combined with that horrible brown pollen that they also emit makes a scope dang near useless in just a couple feet of busting into it...
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