Kat’s First Deer
January 14, 2013
So, 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.