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ewarmour
06-27-2012, 4:23 PM
I went out air gunning for squirrels this morning and saw a bunch of deer some of very decent quality for San Diego. I came across one bedded down @ 25 yards with the wind in my face - the wind changed and I watched through my scope as this buck winded me. It was awesome to see - his ears came up, his eyes got big and he was up and bounding through the brush, gone.

The bed seemed very well used - do deer bed down in the same location each day or the same relative area?

I also saw what looked like a coyote turd filled with acorns, I've never seen that before.

Anyhow...

Squirrel shooting is a blast with the shrouded Benjamin Marauder, it is so freaking quiet. I was eating an MRE and last squirrel of the day popped up on a burned out oak stump. I put the mrod on the sticks and let one fly just over his head - I saw his ear twitch the shot was so close. At 38 yards away he didn't hear anything so I racked another round and missed again! :o The 3rd one popped him in the ear hole and down he went.

I left the two squirrels in the 1st photo by that log. When I came back one was gone and the other was stuffed under a tree limb with half of his tail missing.

Longest head shot was 78 yards with 4 mildot holdover.
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NickTheGreek
06-28-2012, 12:48 AM
If the Deer are unpressured and comfortable with their environment, it is not uncommon for them to bed down in the same spot day after day. However, if there is pressure from hunters or predators, or if they are rutting, good ****ing luck seeing the same buck ever again. My suggestion is to not go back until you can fill your tag.

ewarmour
06-28-2012, 6:43 AM
If the Deer are unpressured and comfortable with their environment, it is not uncommon for them to bed down in the same spot day after day. However, if there is pressure from hunters or predators, or if they are rutting, good ****ing luck seeing the same buck ever again. My suggestion is to not go back until you can fill your tag.

Thanks, that's kinda what I figured. I read years ago they had a population of black tails in a fenced in area. When hunting season rolled around they shot 2 of them. That's the last they saw of the deer for the rest of the season. They went deep back in to the thickest brush there was in the area and stayed there. I think that came from CA Game and Fish magazine around 15 years ago. I wish I had kept those magazines.