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I saw two does, an old one and a yearling, come out of a front yard about 1-1/2 miles from camp as I drove in on Saturday the 14th. At a little after 5 that day I had a similar pair in the camp yard for a while.


It was raining the Sunday morning opener, so I stayed in until it quit somewhat and got to my spot about 9:45 A. M., hunted until noon, saw nothing whatsoever, and came in when visitors showed up. I went back out at 1:30 P. M., and it was dog snot weather the whole day. Saw nothing.


Monday was better weather, but other than a brief appearance of one wood pecker and one red squirrel I saw nothing. Last year was the first and only time I’d hunting this spot, and was seriously rethinking it, but decided on one more try.


Tuesday morning was much better. The weather was even nicer, and I had two woodpecker work a tree near me for about an hour. Also several red squirrels remained active, so I knew it would be a good deer hunting day. My biggest objection to this spot is that it is only a 5 minute slow walk from the camp door. Much closer than I would like. I was sitting on a 5 gallon buck with a seat against a white spruce on a low hill overlooking several similar hill and a high steep one in the background with no bait and no blind. All the time since I started I had pretty bad wind. South would have been perfect, and this had been almost Northwest since I started two days ago.


Just after 9:00 A. M. I heard a deer coming. I was worried about the wind, but had about a 20 to 30 degree margin. The deer was a buck, and walked out of the same place the buck I shot last year did. He came to the same opening, and I shot him at about 30 yards when he was within a few yards of where I shot last years buck. He took off at the shot, and ran about 40 yards in a 240 degree arc ending nearly where I had shot him.


I used a CZ550 in 7x57mm with a Nikon 4x40 scope shooting a150 gr. Nosler Partition estimated at about 2700 fps. I couldn’t find the entrance would from the outside, but the exit wound and blood trail were good. I had never used this rifle, bullet, or scope before, and liked using them.


The buck was an 8 point the DNR aged at 2-1/2 years, and measured the bases at 21 & 22mm. They weren’t weighing deer this year, so I have no weight. These base measurements are typical of averages for yealings in some L. P. DMUs.


 

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I’d give this two likes if I could. A great story (your first two days mirrored my experience), and a second like for your rifle setup.
 

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I saw two does, an old one and a yearling, come out of a front yard about 1-1/2 miles from camp as I drove in on Saturday the 14th. At a little after 5 that day I had a similar pair in the camp yard for a while.


It was raining the Sunday morning opener, so I stayed in until it quit somewhat and got to my spot about 9:45 A. M., hunted until noon, saw nothing whatsoever, and came in when visitors showed up. I went back out at 1:30 P. M., and it was dog snot weather the whole day. Saw nothing.


Monday was better weather, but other than a brief appearance of one wood pecker and one red squirrel I saw nothing. Last year was the first and only time I’d hunting this spot, and was seriously rethinking it, but decided on one more try.


Tuesday morning was much better. The weather was even nicer, and I had two woodpecker work a tree near me for about an hour. Also several red squirrels remained active, so I knew it would be a good deer hunting day. My biggest objection to this spot is that it is only a 5 minute slow walk from the camp door. Much closer than I would like. I was sitting on a 5 gallon buck with a seat against a white spruce on a low hill overlooking several similar hill and a high steep one in the background with no bait and no blind. All the time since I started I had pretty bad wind. South would have been perfect, and this had been almost Northwest since I started two days ago.


Just after 9:00 A. M. I heard a deer coming. I was worried about the wind, but had about a 20 to 30 degree margin. The deer was a buck, and walked out of the same place the buck I shot last year did. He came to the same opening, and I shot him at about 30 yards when he was within a few yards of where I shot last years buck. He took off at the shot, and ran about 40 yards in a 240 degree arc ending nearly where I had shot him.


I used a CZ550 in 7x57mm with a Nikon 4x40 scope shooting a150 gr. Nosler Partition estimated at about 2700 fps. I couldn’t find the entrance would from the outside, but the exit wound and blood trail were good. I had never used this rifle, bullet, or scope before, and liked using them.


The buck was an 8 point the DNR aged at 2-1/2 years, and measured the bases at 21 & 22mm. They weren’t weighing deer this year, so I have no weight. These base measurements are typical of averages for yealings in some L. P. DMUs.


Nice detailed write up and successfull hunt.
 

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Nice Story, Nice Buck !
 

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This was the first time I've used a bullet diameter less than .308". Is the difficulty in finding the entrance wound typical of smaller calibers, or was this just a fluke?
 

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I saw two does, an old one and a yearling, come out of a front yard about 1-1/2 miles from camp as I drove in on Saturday the 14th. At a little after 5 that day I had a similar pair in the camp yard for a while.


It was raining the Sunday morning opener, so I stayed in until it quit somewhat and got to my spot about 9:45 A. M., hunted until noon, saw nothing whatsoever, and came in when visitors showed up. I went back out at 1:30 P. M., and it was dog snot weather the whole day. Saw nothing.


Monday was better weather, but other than a brief appearance of one wood pecker and one red squirrel I saw nothing. Last year was the first and only time I’d hunting this spot, and was seriously rethinking it, but decided on one more try.


Tuesday morning was much better. The weather was even nicer, and I had two woodpecker work a tree near me for about an hour. Also several red squirrels remained active, so I knew it would be a good deer hunting day. My biggest objection to this spot is that it is only a 5 minute slow walk from the camp door. Much closer than I would like. I was sitting on a 5 gallon buck with a seat against a white spruce on a low hill overlooking several similar hill and a high steep one in the background with no bait and no blind. All the time since I started I had pretty bad wind. South would have been perfect, and this had been almost Northwest since I started two days ago.


Just after 9:00 A. M. I heard a deer coming. I was worried about the wind, but had about a 20 to 30 degree margin. The deer was a buck, and walked out of the same place the buck I shot last year did. He came to the same opening, and I shot him at about 30 yards when he was within a few yards of where I shot last years buck. He took off at the shot, and ran about 40 yards in a 240 degree arc ending nearly where I had shot him.


I used a CZ550 in 7x57mm with a Nikon 4x40 scope shooting a150 gr. Nosler Partition estimated at about 2700 fps. I couldn’t find the entrance would from the outside, but the exit wound and blood trail were good. I had never used this rifle, bullet, or scope before, and liked using them.


The buck was an 8 point the DNR aged at 2-1/2 years, and measured the bases at 21 & 22mm. They weren’t weighing deer this year, so I have no weight. These base measurements are typical of averages for yealings in some L. P. DMUs.


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Enjoyed your story and your success. Congrats! The U.P. in November is magic whether or not a tag was punched. Had 25 good years in Ontonagon County, lost access, but still have the memories......
 

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This was the first time I've used a bullet diameter less than .308". Is the difficulty in finding the entrance wound typical of smaller calibers, or was this just a fluke?
The .284 bullets aren't alot different than the .308 size wise. I shoot a .284 win and use the 160 Nosler partition. They anchor deer very well. I use everything from a .243 thru the .338 and the .270 or .284 seem to be my best cartridges for deer. Great pics and great deer. Congrats.
 

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This was the first time I've used a bullet diameter less than .308". Is the difficulty in finding the entrance wound typical of smaller calibers, or was this just a fluke?
Congrats on the nice deer T H, and it sounds like you have a new fav spot even if it is closer to camp than you might like.

Difficulty in finding the entrance wound was probably a fluke. We kill a lot of deer with .270’s ... and one so far this year with a 6.5 Creedmore and entrance holes have been easy to find.

I like the Nosler Partition bullet a lot. I loaded some 200 grain Partitions in Elaine’s 06 a couple years ago and have been impressed with its performance on a nice buck here and 2 Bison out west.

I want to work up a load for the Partition in 130 or 140 grain for my .270 but for this year I am still waiting for the right deer to show up to try out the 130 grain Accubond. Time will tell
 
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This was the first time I've used a bullet diameter less than .308". Is the difficulty in finding the entrance wound typical of smaller calibers, or was this just a fluke?
Hard to say. Maybe a fluke. When I used a .25/06 I could usually find both entrance and exit.

I guess you'll just have to see on the next one.

Congratulations!
 
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