I went out this afternoon with my trusty 7x57 on the first mule deer hunt of the season. It was great. A total of eight does came down off of the bluffs. Around dusk I worked my way towards three fat does that were roughly heading my direction along the base of the bluff. I hunkered down along a ditch line waiting for the deer to come into view.
It was perfect! The lead doe came into view with chest and head above the sage brush at a distance of 75 yards. She was fat and had a fine even coat. I placed the dot reticle of my ancient Weaver 4x on her chest, took a breath, and yelled “bang!” She trotted off only mildly amused. It was 4 minutes after legal shooting hours.
Maybe I’ll run into her tomorrow.~Muir