Old Hunt, But Good Story: First Buck With Grandpa's Model 8

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Old Hunt, But Good Story: First Buck With Grandpa's Model 8

Post by coop923 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:09 pm

Here's a story from 1995 or 1996. It was the last day of a very meager deer season, and the likelihood of filling tags looked pretty bleak. I couldn't let the last day go by without at least getting out before being relegated to winding out the year hunting quail. It had been a dry Fall, with no big storms to push the migrating deer out of the high country, but my brother-in-law and I decided we'd spend an hour or two walking a couple ridges about a mile from home, then go to breakfast in town.

At the top of an oak-covered ridge was an old fire break dotted with about five years of brush growth. My brother-in-law hit the fire break about 150 yards south of me and higher on the ridge. I was lower in elevation, having angled through a saddle that had me on the rim of a canyon about 1600' deep. I was glassing below towards the river when I heard the commotion. My brother-in-law had jumped a young buck that was headed wide open straight towards me! My brother-in-law, the buck, and I were all lined up, so neither of us had a shot -and even though I was mostly out in the open surrounded by a few waist-high manzanita and mountain whitethorn, the buck didn't see me. He was closing fast, with my brother-in-law directly behind him. I was thinking my best option to avoid a collision would be some sort of matador move, and I prepared to leap out if his way. The buck realized I was there at about 15' out, and made a quick change of direction, leaping over the mountain whitethorn to my left and into the canyon. As it did, I turned and fired the .35 from about eight feet.

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It was a good lung shot, but with adrenaline, inertia and topography working against me, in a matter of seconds the buck made it several hundred feet down into the canyon on just a few full speed bounds. Packing the deer back up to where my brass lay was far more difficult than the 3/4 mile pack from the rim of the canyon back to the truck.

We didn't eat breakfast that day.


Edit: The dog wasn't a part of the hunt. She showed up at the truck with my dad before we got back there.

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Re: Old Hunt, But Good Story: First Buck With Grandpa's Model 8

Post by 81police » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:05 pm

Awesome story Coop! Makes it even sweeter to top it off using a family heirloom Model 8! Your grandpa had good taste in firearms. Thank you for sharing the story with us.
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Post by imfuncity » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:10 pm

Indeed - Great long shot story!! ;)
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Post by coop923 » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:43 pm

Same gun, 1930. My buck was much better -for packing out of the canyon! :roll: Grandpa shot a lot of deer, but took very few pictures.

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Post by imfuncity » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:10 pm

Supper picture and with the gun - how cool is that!!
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Post by J. Riekers » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:18 pm

That's great!
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Post by In The Ten Ring » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:40 am

Wow, what a great story! I inherited a Remington Wingmaster from my grandfather but no specific hunting stories. That pic of your grandpa and your hunting tale (same rifle) are inspiring. I guess I am going to have to get a Model 8 now and take it hunting.

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