Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trigger pull

You can never know this excitement until you do it. It was about 180 yards, if you maximize the video you can see the 3 deer moving right to left in the distance. The gun is a 1950's Remington 788 in .243, with a shortened stock and barrel. The ammo itself was 1970's, Remington core lokt 100 grain. The scope, a 1950's fixed 6x power. The shooter, 12 year old Eric. We chose to use the shooting stick with 1 resting point instead of two due to limited practice time. Instructions - put the cross hair right in the middle of the chest and pull the trigger. He did.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

2014 and early 2015 in review

2015, the end of bird season, brought the new discovery of duck hunting in Southern Nevada. Made a couple of efforts, learned a lot. Purchased a pile of plastic ducks and a couple of "calls." So far, all they have accomplished is ducks swimming in our swimming pool.

Here are some highlights from the end of the hunting season and spring as we prepare for the 2015 hunt:

Jager duck retrieval

Went fishing with Ryan and his dad.

Jager Mustang Stallion standoff

Jason wondering if "duck hunt" is code for a 4am prank

Jager on top of Mt Potosi, off season jeep run
Tammy wondering why these birds don't really look like Ducks

Garth cleaning pheasants - good times - spring guided pheasant hunt

Garth, Jager and resident guided pheasant hunt expert dog

Jager holding point on some random pigeons at the park

Jager's first phesant retrievals - a pair of semi wild birds. They were not part of the guided release so that held and flew just as good as wild birds.

After jeeping down to Lake Mojave (Colorado river just past Hoover dam) Jager practiced his water retrieval on a practice duck

Jager on point, note the pheasant about 10' in front of him.

Jason, Garth & Jager along with our 8 pheasants

Good use out of the hunting boots. Once jager figured out that he could hunt full speed on the volcanic rock, the boots didn't last long

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Deer down!

I realized I didn't post info regarding the two deer hunting trips. Mid October, Garner, Katherine, Jagermeister and myself made the trek up to Ely. The best part for me was not driving and just hangin out in the back seat with Jagermeister. We set up camp on the west side of Steptoe Valley close to the White Pine & Elko county line, up at the wilderness border. Of note, we were able to find some great hiking trails and organized camp sites... who knew!
No deer, but we did see a lot of doe, had a shot at some Blue Grouse (I missed, but was fun to watch Jager hunt them, and did come away with Jager's first upland bird, a Chukar.

Jagermeister and Chukar
The next weekend, Garth, his stepson Eric, me and Jagermeister again made the journey north to Ely. This time setting up camp in a valley about 10 miles north/west of McGill.  The wind blew the whole weekend, 40mph plus. We saw a lot of deer Saturday but could never get in range so we decided to just do some off roading then turned in.  Sunday morning we again saw the same deer, stalked them, then got off some shots. Missed. Stalked them again, then bingo.

Eric bagged his first deer.

Now that it is June 2015, I'll come up with a new blog name, but wanted to get this posted