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Old 12-25-2007, 07:05 PM
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This year I started shooting Marlin 444 and 45/70. I was determined to hunt only with my marlins and my ruger blackhawk until I was successful.
I warmed up with a pig and then a coyote and last weekend I got a buck, all with the 444 Marlin. Now it is time for the 45/70.
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:16 AM
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Way to go, tibbee - nice looking deer.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:22 AM
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Way to go! Very, very nice deer! Nothing like using a levergun!
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:59 PM
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very nice buck! That 444 did the job. Now we need the details.
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:57 PM
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Nice buck tibbee. I'm envious of those long seasons and generous bag limits you guys in the South and Southeast have! You're really challenging yourself with the Ruger Blackhawk! Congrats.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:54 PM
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very nice buck! That 444 did the job. Now we need the details.
Chief, the rut is on and I was watching a small 2x2 at 6:40 AM. He was very interested in something down the ridge from both him and me. He was acting like he wanted to go down but something was stopping him. By his actions I thought that it was another buck, probably bigger than him. I kept watching and checked all the trees and thickets with binoculars but could not see a thing. After 10 minutes this big boy stepped out from behind a 3 foot diameter oak tree. As he turned his head and I saw the width of his rack, I knew that I wanted him. I took a quick shot between the trees and he just dropped on his side and did not even twitch. He is the first buck that I shot with the 444 and I was impressed. He was quartering toward me and I shot though the point of his shoulder and it stopped under the skin of the lower offside ribs. I was using a factory lever revolution bullet. I looked back at the 2x2 and he was still standing 40 yards from me. In about 10 seconds he trotted down the ridge, jumped the fence next to the dead buck and then bred a doe 10 yards from the dead buck right in front of me. He was amazing and definitely had a one track mind. While I was standing next to my buck another spike buck came down the doe's trail with his nose to the ground following her. It was quite a morning for me. Too bad my other pictures did not turn out well.
Shawn, we do have a long season compared to you. It started with archery the first of October and ends at the end of January. It nice to be able to go so much and take your time and see many different deer though the season. We don't have the majestic scenery of the mountain states but we try to make up for it by a long and abundant season. Now we are limited to 3 bucks and 3 does and 2 extra does for primitive weapons(it used to be 10 deer a season). As you can imagine, we eat a lot of venison. There is no shortage of deer here.
The boys and I worked on the farm last Saturday and did not take lunch until 3:30. They had to leave at 4 so I told the wife that I was going to take a break and walk out back with my Marlin 444, then I would some back and finish the work. In 10 minutes this big guy came out of a thicket about 140 yards away. He right side was toward me and I saw a good rack on that side but did not see the left side well. I shot him behind the shoulder and got a double lung pass-through shot. He was knocked on to his side but quickly bounced back up and staggered for 10 yards before he fell for good. Wow, I am impressed with the power of the 444 and the accuracy. He was a 7x3. I saw the side with 7 points with a bladed forked brow tine before I shot but did not see the off side 3 points until I walked up to him. He would have been nice for next year.
Yesterday, John, one of my 15 year old twins wanted to go to my brother's farm so we took off at 4:30 AM. He got this nice 9 pointer. One shot, dropped in his tracks with a 300 Win mag at 125 yards. the pic shows a happy young man but does not show the proud dad. I am proud of him, not for killing a good buck, but because of the kind of young man he is. He is a great hunting partner. He is happier when I shoot one and I am happier when he shoots one. We have good time together.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:38 AM
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Great job and pics there, tibbee. That is a wonderful story and the pis are just great. This love affair with the 444 is really amazing. I wish I had known the secrets before I bought my 1894 44. Maybe a trade one day with a recoil sensitive dummy.
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:44 AM
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2 very nice deer. Congratulations to the both of you. That 7x3 is very nice and unique. Was there an old injury on the side opposite of the 3 points? You really never know if the animal would have any more than 3 at any time. Very nice bucks!
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