Im sitting here in alberta, inside and warm for a change. Its been a fun 8 days. Ive seen 13 140-160 bucks and one that was 180+. I kept passing on the smaller deer hoping for a chance at a giant. On Sun I had a brief glance at a big buck that i think was 160+ but he drifted through before I could get the crosshairs on him. Never saw him again. We went for a drive mon am and about 8am a big deer crossed the road in front of us. We pulled past and tried to put a sneak on him but I couldnt ever get a clear shot through the brush. MY buddy figures this one was 160-165. Sat here for the next couple days and saw several non shooters. We were on our way to the stand on wed afternoon when we saw a couple does in a feild. With them was the biggest buck Ive ever seen. My buddy who lives here said it was at least 180. He was a giant 5x5, wide heavy and tall. My buddy said the field he was in was open to hunting so we swung around and saw the deer running down the edge. We got out and put a sneak on them and easily got to 296 yards. Problem was they had jumped a fence and were in a different feild that my buddy wasnt sure he had permission in as he had just got permission on this property a week ago. So we sat there for 20 min while it got dark hoping they would come back across. Well they didnt so we snuck out after dark. That night we found out the farmer owned both fields!!!! I wanted to puke. I had that deer in the cross hairs several times broadside and could have dumped him easy. So we made plans for the next day to be on the field waiting before first light. We woke up to a howling blizzard. We went anyway and saw a doe.
To say I was dissapointed doesnt cover it. needless to say we wanted to sit the field again that night even though it was still snowing hard and really windy and below zero. I got dropped off alone (my buddy said I was nuts and on my own) at 230pm,at about 430 I saw something on the other side of the fieldthat wasnt there asec ago. Through the binos I could barly tell a deer had come out but then saw a couple more jump into the alfalfa. It was snowing so hard i couldnt tell if one was a buck so i snuck in a couple hundred yards and glassed. Through the heavy snow I could see big antlers and just about lost it. I made another move and got to what I thought was under 400 yards got set up put tthe scope on him the best I could due to the snow and squezzed one off.
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing