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#3532636 - 01/05/14 08:11 PM Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday?
Bar7mag
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Registered: 07/01/07
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Loc: On the river

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I was hunting in Limestone County Alabama. I killed a doe earlier in the season so I decided I wanted to kill a deer with one of my marlin lever actions in a pistol caliber with iron sights. For some reason this year I have become fascinated with marlin levers in pistol calibers. They are pretty hard to find and getting expensive but I am always looking for them if you guys know where one is lol! Anyways in the last year I have bought 5 of them and sold two of them that didn't fit in with my collection. Yesterday I decided to take my model 1894 in 44 magnum on a date to the deer stand. It was really cold here like 17 degrees cold but I decided to go anyways. I was nestled in a hardwood draw in a 2 man ladder stand. There was a logging road running behind my stand about 80-100 yards away. My buddy Chris told me to keep an eye on it but that deer could come from any direction . I sat there watching enjoying the peace and quiet. It was about 5 minutes after 8 when I caught a movement behind me out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head I time to see two forks sticking up on a deer's head. I knew it was now or never so I swiveled quietly in my stand and stood. I raised my rifle and took careful aim. I tracked the moving buck with my rifle waiting on a clearing but wasn't seeing one. I finally ducked a little and could shoot under the limbs. I took a fine bead on the bucks shoulder and squeezed off a round. I thought the buck reacted like a hit since it hunched up and took off running but I wasn't sure of a hit. The deer ran about 30 yards and stopped. It just stood there as I prayed it would fall. After a few seconds of standing there I thought well I might as well sling some more lead. I shot again. The deer stood statue still. I fired again same thing. I was basically firing at the head/neck area as that was all I could see. I fired one more time and the buck tore out up the hill behind me. Well I wasn't sure if I hit or not so I just decided to sit there til 9:00 in case I had made a marginal hit or missed or maybe shoot a doe. At 9:00 I climbed down and went to look for signs of a hit. I was looking in this area and it all happened so fast that I wasn't exactly sure where the deer was standing.
I searched and looked and looked but never found a drop of blood or hair or even where I thought for sure the deer might be standing. I decided to follow the way he went and see if I could find any blood. I went all the way to the top of the hill and was feeling very dejected about missing that buck. I thought for a minute and said I would cut a diagonal back to my treestand from the top of the hill. I walked a little farther up top to see a better vantage point. There was an old blown down tree up top and I walked around it. I was scanning the woods about 80 yards ahead and I look about 10 steps away and I see this...

Man you talking about excited. I was ecstatic. It was my first lever action rifle kill. It was my first pistol caliber rifle kill. It had been at least a decade since I killed one with iron sights. I was proud to have made the shot through the hardwoods and I thank God for allowing me to stumble upon my buck.
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#3532652 - 01/05/14 08:13 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: Bar7mag]
ghostfive
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Registered: 05/05/13
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Loc: Bedford county TN

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Congrats!
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#3532659 - 01/05/14 08:17 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: ghostfive]
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congrats
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#3532662 - 01/05/14 08:18 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: ghostfive]
rem270
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Registered: 11/15/02
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Loc: south fulton

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congrats. nice rifle
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#3532666 - 01/05/14 08:19 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: ghostfive]
duckriver
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Registered: 12/24/13
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Old school, that's pretty cool. Congrats
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#3532691 - 01/05/14 08:27 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: duckriver]
Woodson223
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Registered: 12/11/12
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Loc: tn

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Congrats
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#3532710 - 01/05/14 08:32 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: Woodson223]
gasman
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Registered: 07/21/11
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Loc: South of the Hatchie

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Congrats
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#3532770 - 01/05/14 09:00 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: gasman]
Deer Whisperer
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Registered: 04/16/05
Posts: 4461
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

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Very cool
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#3532785 - 01/05/14 09:03 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: Deer Whisperer]
Inkstainz
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Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 7643
Loc: Memphis, Tennessee

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Congrats
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#3532836 - 01/05/14 09:29 PM Re: Did you hear the thunder strike yesterday? [Re: Inkstainz]
Southpaw
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Registered: 09/03/00
Posts: 5897
Loc: Drummonds, Tn

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Congrats!
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