My First Handgun Buck

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  1. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Senior Refuge Member

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    This is my second year of chasing deer, in hopes of getting my first deer with a handgun. I've been hunting with handguns for over 30 years, but never gave a thought to hunting deer with one. I figured that I've killed nearly everything else with a handgun, so why not a deer. Plus, I've killed deer with everything except a handgun.

    I was standing just inside the woods, looking across a ravine and listening. After hearing several shots in the distance, I see a buck and 3 does walking along the south edge, traveling west. Suddenly, they spook, decide to back-track and come into the woods with me. They didn't seem to be interested in crossing the ravine, so as they walked by I rested my .44 Mag. Ruger Super Redhawk on a sapling. The buck hesitated, I settled the red dot on his shoulder and squeezed the trigger.

    At the recoil the buck walked off, while the does ran off to the east. I wasn't totally sure I'd hit him, even though the shot felt good. This was at 9:10 a.m., so I waited 10 minutes and decided to slowly cross the ravine and check for blood. No blood, but I noticed the does running off, while the buck was bedding down about 80 yards away. I crept one foot at a time, toward him, while he got up and bedded back down 5x...over the next 2 hours.

    Around 11:00 he got up and bedded on the other side of some blown down trees. I kept creeping closer, one foot at a time and by 12:15 he'd stood up and laid back down for the 7th time. The last time was in his 5th bed, facing to my right, while his chest was toward me. There was the shot that I'd been waiting to present itself. He looked my way, while I leaned against a sapling for a rest, settled the red dot on his brisket at 40 yards and squeezed the trigger.

    When the Ruger recoiled, the buck rocked onto his back and I ran up to him. He attempted to get up and was throwing his head/rack at me...I was 10 feet from him. I gave him a second to settle, he moved his head away from his vitals and I shot him through the lungs. I'm getting him mounted in a "sneak mount", but it won't be done until April. I'll never forget this hunt with a handgun. :tu

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  2. skiebuster

    skiebuster Elite Refuge Member

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    congrats on a pistol buck hunt! have wanted to do this myself..but would miss the long range capability of a shotgun.
     
  3. macscot-1

    macscot-1 New Member

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    Beautiful dear, Bowhunter. Congratulations.
    Nice Redhawk, too.
     
  4. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Senior Refuge Member

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    skiebuster,
    Don't think of it as missing the long range capability. Think of it as a challenge for a limited range capability. :tu I don't put myself in a position that's going to force me into a shot situation that's longer than what I'm capable of shooting. I'm usually inside the woods, in a position that's going to "funnel" the deer to me.

    Try it! It's addicting! :dv
    Bowhunter57
     
  5. 2dogs1949

    2dogs1949 Senior Refuge Member

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    Very nice, congrats on your accomplishment!! I hunted with a TC Contender in .30 Herret for a few years. Opportunity never presented itself for me.
     
  6. dakndug

    dakndug Moderator Moderator

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    Congrats, great accomp! Nice buck!

    Doug
     

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