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Sue and I both got nice does about 9:00 on Saturday. I learned one thing. My 1895 Marlin loaded with a Rem 300 HP is way too much gun for a white tail. I had it sighted in for 100 yards because I was going to hunt out of a blind at the edge of an open field but didn't get any action so I moved to another further into the woods. The doe came along and I shot and she went right down. Unfortunately I forgot that the gun would shoot high at 40 yards and hit her in the area of the tenderloins. When I got to her I could see why she went flop. I could probably have stuck my fist in the exit wound. As I shoot deer to eat this is unacceptable. I still have an any deer permit and I have gone to my 308. We got rained and lightened out Sunday morning. I like the 1894 and I guess my options are to probably go to a trapdoor load with the same bullet or go with the Rem 405 SP or I have some 300 Laser cast that I can use. It will give me something to do this winter. Did any of the rest of you people get deer?

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Yep! Sat morning, i passed on a forkhorn and a small doe on public ground hoping to take my daughter back there that evening to look for em. I think both of them got shot by another hunter after they passed by me and there were plenty of other shots too close for comfort so decided not to take her back there. Took her to some private ground that wasnt as promising deer sign wise but definitely safer. Close to dark, 3 does came running in, one bigger than the rest. I get my daughter set up and ready to shoot but she tells me she doesnt want to shoot because of the noise when she shot at a buck during the youth hunt. (wish I'd have known it was going to bother her that bad cause I would have brought her hearing protection.) I tried several times to gently coax her into taking a shot without pushing her and she didnt want to so i finally asked her if she wanted me to shoot one and she seemed relieved to be off the hook. The biggest one had been standing with her butt facing us behind a tree for about 10min now looking back from where they came in which had me wondering if a buck was coming so i waited for quite awhile but nothing ever followed them in. Finally I got tired of her sticking her head out from behind the tree and the next time she did, I put one just below her ear. Needless to say she went right down and the other two ran around for a bit still giving us shots but I still could not talk her into it. She was excited to have been there for the hunt and the kill and REALLY wanted to put her tag on it and I had to explain to her that she has to be the one pulling the trigger before she can put her tag on one. It's OUR deer though! lol Took her to another spot tonight with the hearing protection and she was ready to take a shot at a doe that came in but just never slowed down to give her a chance so I think she will keep after it now. She even asked on the way out of the blind if we were gonna come back tomorrow. Gotta love that!
 

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BP, sounds like yu had a awesome hunt, she may be hooked! my son and his best friend went out today and had a good hunt too. they are both 12, we seen a nice buck chaseing a doe into a brush patch and then i circled around a rooted them back out too them again but the deer were movin to fast for them to get a shot , but they loved it and im sure that im assured of another good hunt with them soon.keep them kids huntin!you will never regret takeing a kid hunting but you might regret not doing it.
 

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I agree hillbill. My whole season is focused around getting her out there as often as I can and as long as she wants to. My own hunting is secondary. Maybe one day when I am old and weak, she'll take her ole man out in the woods and set me up against a tree.
 
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