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 Post subject: Shamrock Deer Hunting
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:57 pm 
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I just got home from my annual deer hunt with a group of friends. There's 8 of us that go on a hunt for does up near Shamrock Texas. We've been going on this hunt for several years. Every year we have fun and kill some deer. This year was no different......................except for the weather.

We started on Friday with temps in the 70's, and winds of 30mph plus. Not the greatest conditions for hunting deer. We had some decent success though. Several of us, me included got deer that first afternoon. Then the front hit. Temps dropped. We woke Saturday morning to freezing temps, with the promise of snow throughout the day, and gale force winds. Again not perfect conditions, but we had success again, with a few more deer taken. Then the snow started. It snowed hard for maybe an hour, with hard blowing gale force winds. The temps dropped to single digits with wind chill down to below zero. It was miserably cold. More deer were sighted and killed. We ended the hunt with everyone taking home at least two deer, and a couple guys took home three. It was a fantastic hunt even though the conditions were atrocious for deer hunting. I personally saw well over 40 deer the two days we hunted. Several other guys probably saw more than me.

I was hunting a stand that overlooked a wheat field with a gully and woods on a couple sides. The deer loved it. My shots though were 200 plus yards, rather long for me, especially with the high winds. The two I killed were 190 and 227yrds measured with a range finder. I got real lucky on them with the wind blowing. I did miss one, and hit one that got away. Tried as we may we couldn't find it. Not much blood. So, I'm hoping it lived. With the frigid weather though my guess is the coyotes ate well Saturday night. My rifle, an inexpensive Savage 111 30-06 with a Simmons 44mag scope. I have it sighted in at 100yrds with 165grn Remington Core Loct bullets. The bullets performed well. I did have to allow about a foot of wind drift due to the high winds. That rifle has been a solid performer for me. It shoots about 2in groups at 100yrds with that load consistently, and it has a decent trigger. I am confident with that rifle combo. If I do my part there will be a dead animal.

So, if you ever find a lease or a hunt up near Shamrock Texas I'll bet it will be a good one.
My first deer.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207935620456967&set=p.10207935620456967&type=3&theater
My second deer, and my buddies deer.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207940839507440&set=p.10207940839507440&type=3&theater
Some of the hard snowing.
https://www.facebook.com/marty.ley/videos/10207943658457912/

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