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20 yards maybe less, on the fight and closing fast. 35 Whelen and 275 grain RN Hornady.

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Not big game but called in a coyote and killed him at eight feet and still coming.

You have a twin brother here in Michigan.

I've been told I have doppelgangers in a few states. I was in a bar in Richland, WA one evening when two attractive girls sidled up next to me and each kissed me on the cheek saying, "hi Kevin." The stunned look on my face must have cued them. They both turned red and said, "you're not Kevin are you?" I said I could be. They claimed I looked just like Kevin, whoever he is.

I'll see if I can get a picture of him next time I see him. I hope you took advantage of both of them.


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Whitetails, several, within 10 or 15 feet. Have also missed a couple that close too, but I was much younger.
A younger person will sometimes pick their head up off the stock to watch the deer fall.
You gotta get in the habit of keeping your cheek glued to the wood, no matter what you’re shooting, or what you’re shooting at.
It’s very easy to lose that contact if you’re not concentrating, shotgun or rifles.
Trigger time is very important if you wanna shoot good.
It’s a self discipline, but you’d be surprised how many hunters and shooters lack it!
Like the old saying says, “practice makes perfect”.
One thing that has made me a much deadlier hunter is hunting squirrel with a rifle. You learn to be patient, waiting for a shot to present itself. Squirrels are pretty forgiving, Deer ain’t so much. But I’ve learned on squirrels, and I’ll pass up shots on deer if I’m not certain.
Not bragging, but 95% of my deer shooting is bang-flop because I have developed that discipline by hunting squirrels.
There few things more heartbreaking than losing a crippled deer, and time spent trying to recover wounded critters is aggravating. I’m getting older, and going home empty handed is a better choice than blasting one and tracking or losing it.
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Killed: Deer at ~10 feet. Rabbit at ~5 feet.

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I guess bow and bangstick both ?

Bow from a ladder stand as the deer walked
between the tree trunk and the legs of the stand.
Gun about 10-12 steps in a heavy AM fog

Squirrel right underneath a ladder stand as
it was barking at me for hunting out of his
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Somewhere around 4 feet. Whitetail doe was in a blackberry thicket was walking by. Saw her head pop up. .308 just below the head into the neck. 150 gr SST almost took her head off. Skin on each side was all that was holding it on. Worst part was wading into that thicket to retrieve her.

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A 6 x 6 bull elk at 12' as he came steaming through the dense aspen coming to a bugle. Upped the heart rate a bit.

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About 2 feet, whitetail doe walking up a trail

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Boy....its happen several times....once hunting on Federal Preserve anterless muzzleloader only hunt had to take a dump when I just got to a good spot had my waiters down and a doe walked up to me shot it at like 4' in the head had to wait until the smoke cleared to find it almost at my feet...shot a buck in the UP was sitting with a very large tree to my back the buck walked up from behind me as it passed less than 2' away I just brought the gun barrel enough to shoot didn't aim or shoulder the gun....buck dropped at the shot with a neck shot....was duck hunting on a State Game Area draw hunt only needed one more duck for our 3 man limit a drake mallard came buzzing the tops of the corn I fired a shot from my hip blew the ducks head off at about 5' with my Browning O/U it was the last hunt that lead shot could be used....never use that gun ever again duck hunting.....

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12 feet on a whitetail with a then new .22-250...so at least I learned it shot flat out to that range....


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Cow elk at 10’ or so.

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6-8 feet on deer.

Even closer if you don't count the downward distance from a tree stand.


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About 10’ on a deer.

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I could have shot a decent young 8 point Whitetail at about 5 feet once, but I just couldn't see the challenge in it. It would have been 100% legal, but it just didn't seem right at the time. I was sitting against a tree and the deer just walked up on me staring to the point I thought he was going to charge or use me as a pin cushion. I just waved my arms and he took off like a scalded dog. I think he was just curious and was trying to figure out what I was. I was looking for his Daddy anyway.

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Black bear at about 10 feet that i wanted to chase away and was not leaving so he filled one tags.

Black bear at about 30 feet, i wanted this big boy.

Bush pig at 30 yards.

Cape buffalo at about 25 to 30 yards.

White tail at about 15 feet, just stood there and had a sign on him that said shoot me.

Antelope at about 20 feet. Ran up and stopped broad side to me.


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My first deer, back then we hunted them with hounds she bounced out of a wall of briers about 10ft in front of me. Buckshot in the face. DRT.
Deer were considered a pest back then. Now the land owners are enjoying good money leasing to clubs.

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Originally Posted by 12344mag
Originally Posted by mart
20 yards maybe less, on the fight and closing fast. 35 Whelen and 275 grain RN Hornady.

[Linked Image from photos.smugmug.com]

Not big game but called in a coyote and killed him at eight feet and still coming.

You have a twin brother here in Michigan.

Kind of surprising you even have some of those bullets. I think Hornady dropped them prior to 1964. I got lucky and found a few at a gun show and think about working up a load if I can find a few more. I have all the Hornady load manuals including #1 which shows that bullet as discontinued. I'm guessing probably 1962 or 3 is when they dropped it.
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Couple of deer inside 20 yards, and more than a few hogs inside 20’. There was one dink at about 20’ but I never considered them to be big game. Kinda like the coyote I nailed one day at about 10-15’. Medium game at best.


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1st deer

It was a nice 6pt.

I was 13 hunting with my older brother, he stuck me up in a old pine tree that had a perfect place to sit about 6 ft off the ground. He figured I would stay put and not wander off.

Hour or so later this buck comes down the trail and stops directly under me, 20 gauge pumpkin ball stopped him for good. Shot was 6 ft down

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Originally Posted by PJGunner
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20 yards maybe less, on the fight and closing fast. 35 Whelen and 275 grain RN Hornady.

[Linked Image from photos.smugmug.com]

Not big game but called in a coyote and killed him at eight feet and still coming.

You have a twin brother here in Michigan.

Kind of surprising you even have some of those bullets. I think Hornady dropped them prior to 1964. I got lucky and found a few at a gun show and think about working up a load if I can find a few more. I have all the Hornady load manuals including #1 which shows that bullet as discontinued. I'm guessing probably 1962 or 3 is when they dropped it.
PJ

They show up from time to time on GB and the gun shows. Gun shops that buy whole estates or sell collections on consignment are good sources sometimes for some of the old stuff.


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