Well i finally saw a buck i was willing to take and closed the deal at 4:40 pm on the 11th of nov.
found a nice hole in the ground on a hillside that ocerlooked a stand of oaks in a bowl edge of old burn...2 foot grass srrounded by jack pine and old growth.
watched a couple of guys ride through on mountain bikes with their dog runnng in front of the,. then another hunter and his wife walked up to me at 340pm??? kinda lat to be stomping around looking for a spot to sit but hey not my worry... so at 430 sun went behind the hills and i watched a doe wander to the open....then at 435 saw a big body walk out way off...binos up hmmm looks good....spoting scope up...yep looks like atleast a 4x4 mature buck...rifle on tripod sticks...range him...489 hmmmm i can make that shot...touch off.....wack right between his legs....hmmm range again....okay ill hold for 525yards...bang....whered he go??? wtf...the doe is still standing there!!! where did he go....shot felt good...well better walk over there im sure he's dead... down the hillside back up the hillside.... whew that was steeeeep... sweeeeet there he is....5x4!! range my spotting scope and tripod....519 yards! now i have to get him out a mile and i'm alone...call the girl and get my backpak delivered to me... quarter him up pack him in the bag and start walking...man this mile sure seemed shorter the first time! lol back to the truck and tag him up....take some pix and drop him off at my pals house.
i call that a good afternoon.
now please b4 anyone starts to harp about the shot range let me say i am NOT bragging...let me say i shoot around 1000 rounds a year at from 200 out to 600 yards. i knew the wind conditions because i measured it before the shot and felt very comfortable taking it. if the conditions were different i may not have. know your equipment and your capabilities before hand. i had taken 2 antelope a month ago 1 at 500 and 1 at 550.