Always something about having backstrap and tenderloin from something that was alive just 12 hours before...... Got her about 8:00 yesterday morning, after spotting her and a couple others at half a mile or so. Totally uphill, but they did disappear into some brush near a firebreak just as they crested a ridge out of view. I decided I wasn't going to get a deer if I didn't try, even though they were headed away from the truck. So, I got to where they disappeared about 45 minutes prior, and I guess she had decided to bed right where they entered that stuff, cause I jumped her at 15 yards. Made the crappiest shot I ever made on a deer (Blame it on the darn mule deer "bounce"), and hit her completely through a hind quarter, but it snapped the spine just in front of the quarters, so she didn't go anywhere. Lost a little meat, but not too much. Took me 3 hours to get her out.
Also, I used a copper round that Ed (TNDeerhunter) had sent me a box of last year for my pig hunt. Since I have been using them, I decided to keep using them. And, I might as well get used to it, because California just banned lead bullets starting in 2015. There have been lots of complaints about their performance, but as you can see, it performed fine. She had no hip joint left, bone was destroyed.
Anyway, I feel I am starting to get spoiled. No big game animals in 12 years, then I have shot a buck, doe, and pig in the last year. Not that I am complaining though......Got a buck tag left, but I will probably just do an easy hunt or 2 with my 7 year old son. He likes it, and I already have meat in the freezer.