Kat’s First Deer

January 14, 2013

Kat's doeSo, Kat has sort of been after me to let her shoot a deer this season.  She’s never shot one before, despite several trips back in CA.  I told her that if she’d go get a license, I’d set her up a stand and take her out there.

Well, just before Christmas, she came home from the store with a license.  Of course there was holiday travel, and then the business of getting back into the swing of work after the holiday travel… and, well, the regular deer season ran out on us.  But we can shoot does and spikes until the 20th, and since there’s a little room left in the freezer, we still had time.

This afternoon, while clearing some cedar up on the hill, I dragged a bunch of branches down the hill and made a little rifle blind.  It offered pretty good coverage of the whole hillside, so at about 16:30, we rolled out (leaving behind a seriously pouting Iggy), and set up in the stand.  It probably wasn’t more than an hour before a good-sized, mature doe stepped out into the open.  Kat took a steady and patient aim with my .243 BLR, and when the doe offered the perfect angle, she made the perfect shot.  The doe dropped on the spot, the top of her heart turned to jelly with the 95 grain Winchester XP3 bullet.

That makes four deer in our freezer this year.  We’ll probably share some, but the remainder will pretty much alleviate any need to buy beef over the coming year.

Just wish the quail population was in better shape down here.  We could use some white meat.


9 Responses to “Kat’s First Deer”

  1. Dave B on January 14th, 2013 10:51

    Strong work by Kat!

    I have to say that it hits my jealous bone a bit…well maybe not jealous…maybe more envious. I wish California would allow more doe hunts. I would hunt them whenever allowed to do so.

    We had a similar situation starting with deer season 2010 and it rolled through 2011. Between all the fish, crustaceans, fowl and mammals (rainbow trout. ocean rock fish, crabs, crawfish, ducks, pheasant, mountain quail, doves, 2 deer, 2 hogs) we have had a very full freezer. I have loved the fact that we have not had to buy domestic meat at the store for over a year.

    I am almost out of deer meat though. My daughter did not draw a doe tag this year and the only buck she could have shot never materialized into a shooting situation. I never saw a legal buck during the season for myself. We saw plenty of healthy looking does however but, it wasn’t meant to be this year.

    On a good note, I just put another hog in my freezer and I have another hunt scheduled on February 23rd – a freebie paid for by my boss as a bonus (it is good working for someone who hunts).

    I am seriously considering going out of state this season for antelope in Wyoming. I understand you can buy doe tags over the counter and the land owners practically beg you to come get them out of their alfalfa fields.

    My older daughter and I have a dream of doing a Texas deer hunt one year for does and bucks but that will wait a bit as she just had a baby.

    I love reading your hunting adventures from the ranch and glad to see Kat getting in on the action too. Please keep them coming.

  2. Phillip on January 14th, 2013 12:25

    She did great, Dave, and made a great shot that poleaxed the deer in her tracks.

    As far as the hunting here, it is pretty nice, especially not having to make a six to eight hour round trip drive just to go hunt for a day and a half. I do sometimes miss the back country hunts, hiking the ridges and glassing long distances, but I figure I’ll get out and do that from time to time when I can. Looking forward to heading back to CO for another archery elk hunt… if not this year then next for sure. Antelope has always been one of those things I’d kind of like to do, but I’m not really ready to go the extra mile to make it happen. If I really get the jones for a speed goat, I think I’ll try to buy the tag at Coon Camp.

  3. Al Quackenbush on January 14th, 2013 13:19

    Congratulations to Kat! Great job! Sure is nice to have an abundance of clean, free range meat these days. That’ll eat good!

  4. Marian on January 15th, 2013 20:02

    My congrats to Kat! A very nice doe! Way to go! 🙂

  5. Matt on January 16th, 2013 14:43

    Very cool. We have a late doe season here too; comes in handy at times like that. Congrats to Kat!

  6. Josh on January 16th, 2013 18:10

    Great shooting, Kat! And .243, in my top five favorite rounds..

  7. Kat on January 19th, 2013 12:08

    Thanks everyone. I was fun. Next year I might even go for one with horns who knows. I have to admit, I really did like that .243. I can see why it is in your top five favorite rounds Josh. I think I may just be using that one again.

  8. Marian on March 9th, 2013 14:46

    Kat – I got my first deer (6-pt. buck) with my step-son’s .243. I started off practicing with a .22 rifle after I told my husband-to-be that I wanted to learn how to hunt. It was opening day and all the other hunters left the camp because it had been storming and we stayed. We got on his 3-wheeler after it let up some and took me to my stand. Bob walked down from me to a creek bed and by the time he sat down against a tree and lit up a cigarette, I shot. No more than 5 mins. or so and this buck walks out. The next weekend we went to another camp and he let me shoot his .30.06 and got another buck. I now have my very own gun and it’s a .270 Ruger (Featherweight) and have been using it ever since. It gave me a lot of confidence which I needed. I even hung some of my deer heads in my government office at work because I was so proud to be a hunter. It opened up a whole new world for me and I love going to the woods every chance I get. I have taught one of my daughters and three of my grandsons how to hunt and one day hope to take my 5 year old great grandson, Ian, hunting with me. Wishing you the very best and hope you get a nice buck on your next hunt. GOODHUNTING! Marian 🙂 PS: I’m so proud of you!

  9. Kat on March 11th, 2013 09:58

    Thanks Marion I am sure I will be aiming at a buck next season. I have hunted for several years with Phillip. But I never seemed to have any luck (or enough patience) deer hunting. I tend to like bird hunting more than big game… there is more action less sitting and waiting. Well, on a good day anyway. Upland game bird has to be my favorite but I put in my time in the marshes and brought home some tasty ducks. I have shot a pig as well and for that I used my Browning .270. It was the first rifle that I purchased. It has a muzzle break on it so it is a bit loud but it is a great rifle. Thanks again for the kind words. I am sure with the ease of getting out in the field to hunt around here, I will be expanding my sites.