Thanks! My buddy shot the second deer a 9 pointer. It was his first time hunting and first deer ever! He was tall and heavy. I told him that he was lucky to kill a deer his first time hunting and to kill a nice buck too, most hunter don't. I was just glad to have someone to hunt with. We shot our deer less than 5 minutes apart.
We live in Altus, Ok. We're in the Air Force. We hunt both public and private land. I was able to get permission to hunt 200 ac of private land this year. We shot those two bucks on private land. I shot another 8 pointer with my bow on public land earlier in the season.
Congrats to both you and your Buddy on a couple of fine deer! Seems to me that with some careful planning you might just be able to plan your mid-tour leave around hunting season My very understanding wife saw me do just that when we were stationed in Germany and I came back to the states for 3 weeks to hunt. I do hope you can plan something for next year!
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...