Spike Harvest

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Bryan Austin posted this 25 December 2022

Uberti Winchester 73' 44-40

Shot was at 33 yards with the 43-214A cast bullet.

Probably the coldest I have ever hunted.
Gun season was over for Burke county so I migrated north to Wilkes county. I entered public game lands and I was the only one there...go figure! The morning started out at -1 degrees and warmed to a toasty 13 degrees by noon. I had about a half mile walk in ( I wanted to go 1.5 miles) and I had to cross a partially frozen creek several times so I entered after daylight. I made it to an area I did not expect any big deer but was too cold and tired to proceed any further, really didn't even expect to see anything in this area so close to the trailhead.

As I was about to set the stand up, I saw hope...a small rub! It was cold but there was wildlife activity most of the morning. By 12:00 It maybe 13 degrees with a 10 mph wind at the ridge tops, and was trying to make myself get up and go home....but I was too cold to move. Less than 20 minutes after I took a range finder at 81 yards on video, I noticed movement 100 yards to my far right. A deer was coming down and crossed over a draw into the flat hollow. Eventually it walked right over to the tree that was 81 yards away. Still thinking it was a doe, I just sat back and watched "it" meandered around. When it came out in from of me from behind a small pine thicket, I dropped the scope on it at 33 yards and saw it was a spike and pulled the trigger.

If you remember, I had "missed" an 8-10 point on opening gun day in Buke count and let a doe and 6 point go the following week. It was time to get some meat in the freezer. I thought I missed this one too but it was a good passthrough double lung hit but he ran 120 yards and lay where he stopped trying to get back up the draw from where he descended.

I am trying to make a full day video but for now, the kill shot video is below, as well as some photos.

Image files are too large for the forum so photos and videos are here here: 12-24-2022 Hunt

 

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Aaron posted this 25 December 2022

Good video. Love that cold snappy weather.

With rifle in hand, I confidently go forth into the darkness.

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JeffinNZ posted this 26 December 2022

Thank you for taking the time to video for us all to share.  Awesome.  

What was your load/alloy?

Cheers from New Zealand

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Aaron posted this 26 December 2022

Bryan,

We were right there with ya. Well done video. Had days like that myself. Got back to the truck and was so cold my mouth wouldn't work to talk. Loaded deer and drove with gloves on. Frozen and bone tired. Man those are great days!!!

With rifle in hand, I confidently go forth into the darkness.

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tdoyka posted this 26 December 2022

 great job!!!!!

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SouthDakota4440 posted this 26 December 2022

Well done video.  Sure beats many of hunting shows shown on several of the cable outdoor channels.....it's authentic!  And it shows.  Many thanks for sharing....hope you're warmed up now.

Marc

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 26 December 2022

great video ...  just watching i had to pull on an extra sweater ...

and reminded me of long ago also shooting a '73 in 44-40 ... an original ! ...  so smooth and did a job on the bean cans ...  

ken

 

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Bryan Austin posted this 26 December 2022

I wish I had done a better job but I was so tired and cold to keep recording everything. I left the rifle at the truck, so no rifle/deer photo. Once I got the deer back to the truck, loaded it myself.....I was done with everything...LOL

 

The wheels come off the stand but I was so tired, I left them on and did not climb, just stayed at ground level

 

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