Choosing Deer Hunting Rifle

Deer RiflesI just love looking at all the different  guns and would love to get a new deer hunting rifle. And I have decided that I want at least one of each. I love you honey, if you are reading this. There’s just so many nice one’s to choose from. Why not just get one of each, that way you don’t have to make such a tough decision on which one is best for you.

When you are shopping for deer rifles there are a few things to consider before making a decision on which one to buy.

Deer Hunting Rifle

I have had my eye on a Remington Model 700 mountain rifle for quite some time. Even though just last year I bought a Winchester Model 70 7MM WSM that I absolutely love. I shot a nice 9 pointer with it and it did a great job. When I got my first deer hunting rifle at 13 years old, I used a Marlin 30-30 lever action that my mother gave me. I’m sure she probably got a good deal, she worked at a gun store. I took a lot of deer with that rifle. I bet there have been as many deer taken with a 30-30 as just about any other rifle.

One of the things you should consider is what type of terrain you will be hunting. Will it be thick brush country, or wide open terrain, or a combination of both , or something else. I found another great article on calibers for deer. You can check them out and decide which one is best suited for the type of hunting you will be doing. If you are going to be doing a lot of walking you want to consider a light weight deer hunting rifle. I have Ruger M77 300 WIN Mag and I don’t like carrying that thing to far, it is heavy. But it sure will do the job on a big whitetail. They don’t go far when you hit them with it.

Also, you want to decide if you want a bolt action, auto loading, or lever action. Each one has its own special qualities.

You can see a great article on each here, bolt actions, lever actions, auto loading deer rifles. Once you do some research you can go to a gun store and check out different ones and compare prices and see which one fits your needs, and budget.

No matter which one you choose to get, I think it is our responsibility as hunters to practice with it, and sight it in properly, in order to make a good shot and harvest the animal as quickly and humanely possible.

Also I think that it’s not so much the caliber that matters(maybe at certain distances) but shot placement is critical. I think maybe I contradicted myself, because without the correct caliber, shot placement would be difficult.

deer hunting rifle by Winchester

Ruger and Winchester

I hope this article and the links in it, will be helpful to you , when shopping for a deer rifle.


Trophy Buck Deer Tracks

I went shed hunting at the deer camp this past Monday, and although I didn’t find any sheds it was a very good day to be out walking in the woods with my camera. As I was walking I saw a lot of deer tracks, some you could tell were doe tracks and some you could tell were  made by a trophy buck.

It always gets my blood boiling when I see a nice big set of trophy buck deer tracks. Have you ever been walking and when you see big boys tracks you stop in yours and follow them? Then, when you loose them you turn around and backtrack his steps to see where he came from. There is just something about seeing that trophy buck tracks that gets me going.

You can learn quite a bit about the deer by the tracks. Most of the time you can tell if it is a buck or a doe, you can tell if it is a big or small deer, you can tell which direction it was coming from and going to.

I have noticed that does front tracks will be on top of each other, while a big buck tracks will be further apart. I have heard that you can’t tell them apart but you can. A bucks hooves will be spread apart wide and a does will not.

I like looking for deer tracks the next day after a good rain. You can really see them good then.

I like to hunt where I see a nice big set of tracks going both directions on a particular trail. I get fired up when I see that. I like to get in a stand just down wind of a trail like that.

deer track

It always gets me fired up to see trophy buck tracks.

I walked up on this nice set of tracks while I was out shed hunting Monday. If I had to guess I would say this buck was two to three years old.
trophy buck deer tracks

I was thinking about which one I would rather see, a big set of tracks or a big rub on a tree? That’s a good question. I don’t know which one I would choose. They both make me stay in the stand longer and want to hunt in that area. How about you? Would you rather hunt where there is a big rub or a big set of tracks?

Deer Hunting Big Bucks Spring Shed Hunt

Well folks, I finally have an image in the header of my blog. With the help of a very nice man named James. He went out of his way to help me and I really appreciate it. So stop by and check out his site His site is also on my blog roll.
I finally made it to deer camp yesterday and  went shed hunting. I didn’t find any but I had a great time, just being in the great outdoors. I took a lot of photos for the site.
I took the photograph in the header of the blog yesterday. I laid in the food plot and took the picture of the deer stand you see in the photo. I saw a very nice big buck this past deer season out of that very stand. The stand is on a perched on a hill and you have a lot of ground to cover when hunting this stand. You can see for a long way in every direction. This stand keeps you very busy, you don’t know which direction to look when you are hunting it. It is near the river, and is just a very good stand. I thought it would be a great image for the main header of
deer hunting big bucks. The picture just doesn’t do justice for this stand.
Yesterday when went for a shed hunt down by the river I found three large turtle shells. They were up the hill from the river. And I was wondering what happened. The only thing that I could think of is the river rose up and when it went back down the turtles may have washed upside down and couldn’t turn back over and died. But I’m
just not sure.deer hunting big bucks turtle shells
With spring finally here I saw a lot of beautiful trees blooming. I saw a fox squirrel that looked like he weighed forty five pounds, and he had climbed up onto the feeder and was eating. He needed to be on Jenny Craig’s diet. I also saw two hen turkeys. Even though the wind was really whipping and I didn’t find any sheds it was a beautiful spring day in the great outdoors.

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deer hunting big bucks pictures of beautiful spring day