So you want a new deer rifle for Indiana

Now that Indiana has decided to take the great leap ahead and embraced modern centerfire rifles for deer, the question is going to be what rifle to buy. I have had a lot of thoughts on that very idea over the years. Dig around on this weblog, starting with the suggested readings at the bottom of this article, and you will find the sum of my thoughts.   However, in celebration of the new rules, I am going to give y’all something fresh. If you want the bottom line, just skip down to the last paragraph. Any way you go … Continue reading

Deer Camp 2015 — The Final Ritual

I mentioned to Angus last week as we were on our way out to Campground that it seemed like everything at Deer Camp had become a ritual. Even the most mundane things, when repeated for a decade and a half take on a ceremonial quality. Last weekend was the yearly last trip to camp to close up. We were on our way to the stand at Campground to take down the last of the treestand skirts. Last year, Angus had not attended this rite, but he could see my point. Lily, the Beagle, always does, and always has to scour … Continue reading

A Doe in the Scope

We are heading home today from deer camp, marking the end of week #1. It is time to go home, do some wash, eat a big turkey dinner, and watch some football before heading down after dinner on Thursday. No, I have not gotten the big buck.  Nor have I seen him.  However, I am pleased that SuperCore and Angus got theirs.  I picked up Angus’ from the processor in Lennoxburg  on Friday– lots of meat.  SuperCore had to borrow a cooler off me to get all of his home.  I won’t say I was jinxed this year, but I … Continue reading

So What Deer Rifles Are You Using, Shaman?

So what rifles are you using this year, Shaman? There have been a lot of changes to the deer battery this year. I just thought I would give y’all a quick rundown.   Mine: Savage 99, 308 WIN This is the same rifle I’ve been using for most every Opener since 2003. I’m still shooting 165 grain Hornady SP over H4895, downloaded to 300 Savage levels. This is my favorite gun for the deep woods up in the stand. Last year I put a new Bushnell Banner Dusk-to-Dawn 3-9X40 on it. This added a good 10 minutes to my hunting … Continue reading