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Great dinner last night.......

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.

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Nice job - congrats!  You are

Nice job - congrats!  You are correct in that the freshest meat to the table cannot be beat!  Good luck on the other hunts with your son!

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Congrats on your harvest!

Congrats on your harvest!

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Now you are starting to get

Now you are starting to get the hang of hunting.  Nothing better than some nice fresh meat on the table. 

 

In regards to that bullet and what some consider bad performance out of a solid copper round.  A lot of people figure that if there isn't a large hole on the off side of the animal where the bullet came out that the bullet didn't do it's job.  I have found that the solid copper bulles even after they have mushroomed out like you photo shows will still make a fairly small hole when the leave the animal in comparison to a lead based bullet, and I think that is where the ones that don't like them are coming to their conclusions from. 

I have been shooting the Barnes bullets now for over 10 years and have not had a animal get away no matter what size hole is punched through them. 

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Yeah, I have no complaints on

Yeah, I have no complaints on the 2 I have shot.  I think the people that have issues are when it doesn't hit bone, kinda a through and through.  It doesn't expand that well, according to them.

I think the biggest issue is one, the price, and two, the science doesn't support it.  Sure, there are deer that are shot and never found, but it's a small percentage.  Then, of those deer, how many still have the bullet inside of them?  Probably  small percentage also.  Even if it was 50%, that's not very many animals out there for these darn Condors to feed on and supposedly get lead poisoning, which is what they tell us.  As for cost, they just don't make a cheap non-toxic round.  It's $40+ a box for what I use, versus $15 or so of the lead shot.

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WTG!!!

Way to go Sean!

Glad to see your tag soup streak broken. Hunt hard when you can and enjoy your time with your family.

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Now thats what I'm talking about !!!!!!

Sean,

Congrats on a beautiful doe !! Thumbs up Great post, great story, and great pics ! "POST OF THE YEAR" right here.

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Awesome Job

Way To Go, You got some good eating there, and you broke your 12 year tag soup streak.
You stated that CA has banned lead bullets starting 2015. I was always told that CA had banned lead bullets quite some time ago.

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You're partially correct. 

You're partially correct.  There is about a third of the state that has been lead free for some time.  That would be the "California Condor Range".  Middle part of the state, north from LA.  However, I am not in that area.  The state just passed a law making it effective state-wide in 2 years.

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Got IT

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

You're partially correct.  There is about a third of the state that has been lead free for some time.  That would be the "California Condor Range".  Middle part of the state, north from LA.  However, I am not in that area.  The state just passed a law making it effective state-wide in 2 years.

Got IT, I was always under the impression that the whole state was Lead Free...... I Was misinformed Big smile

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nice

congrats Sean!
The hunt with your son will be fun as well.

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