The Hunt 2015 – Day Four Point Five

Well, this was supposed to be a warmer day but I was chilled to the bone even with an extra layer of pants. I waited, I walked and I waited some more. I saw some beautiful trees: pines, poplars, birches, oaks, and a mess of shrubs: hazelnut, saskatoon, and many more. What I didn’t see was a deer, not one.

The morning was fairly normal but all afternoon hooligans were shooting a variety of firearms just a few hundred metres from the bush I was hunting. Worse, they were firing in my direction. I could hear the impacts of the bullets a split second before the muzzle blast. Even after sundown they brought out some canon which was Earth-shattering. When I was walking out they were examining a target set up at about 100 yards from the far end of the opening around which I had been hunting. When they saw me they quickly jumped into a vehicle and sped off. I guessed they didn’t want me seeing their licence plate. Motor vehicles are not even allowed at that spot.

On the bright side, my hunting companions had split up and hunted in several other areas of the wildlife management area and they had ended up in a promising area with few hunters and they did see a buck. It came out to challenge them and when it saw they were no challenge at all just walked off. They didn’t get a shot because it came up behind them and they didn’t see it in time. That’s where we are going to hunt tomorrow. The place has an opening about 200m in size, ideal for scoped rifles. I will bring one, a .308 Winchester that can hit a target at 900m with sub-MOA accuracy. It’s zeroed for 300 yards with Hornady 165 BTSP over 44 grains of IMR4064. Many folks get < 0.5 MOA groups with this bullet.

Here’s the recipe from Hodgdon for a great target-shooting/hunting load.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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