Terry sent in this pair of pics showing another old Oregon Blacktail Buck that hesitated just a few seconds to long before bolting for cover. Terry shot the buck with a his 300 H&H Legend at less than 60 yards. His smiling face and this Legend have been featured on this Blog many times. While he owns more than a few firearms and 2 other Legends this 300 H&H seems to be his "Go To" rifle of choice. The paint job is in tatters, the bluing fading on all the edges and the recoil pad looks like solid road kill. Terry shudders at the thought of refurbishing this work horse, to quote him "you don't mess with perfection". I'll leave it at that.
Louis once again teamed up with Outfitter Travis Adams and Bucks & Bulls to take his best Mule Deer to date and this one is truly a bomber. Travis had this buck patterned at least as to the basin the buck preferred to hang in during the late summer. This buck had eluded a string of hunters for the past couple years to then reappear on winter range after the seasons had closed. Throughout the week the buck was spotted only a few times and was always well out of range and in an area that made a stalk just out of the question. Rather than blow the buck out of the country Travis elected to methodically wait and watch undetected. By the end of the week both Louis and Travis were sunburned and had bloodshot eyes from endless hours of glassing but Travis stayed put. Did I mention there are un-born fawns that already fear Travis
Late in the hunt the buck was seen in a location that just might allow them an approach to get in range. Quietly they made a move to close the distance on the bedded buck. Pinned down and finally out of cover Louis set up and mulled over his options, it was time to fish or cut bait. Wind direction and speed were discussed as there was still a lot of rarified air between the hunters and the bedded buck. Louis had recently hit targets at this distance and the conditions at that moment were just about ideal, he chose the appropriate range line on the reticle and leaned into the bipod. Travis ranged the buck one last time.
Louis held for some wind and then surgically placed a single bullet into the buck at just shy of 6 football fields with his Legend 300 Weatherby. It was over before the rifle's report faded into the aspens.
Louis has practiced for this type of shot for many, many years. Always preferring to get as close as possible to what ever he was about to shoot at. This shot was calculated, the conditions checked and double checked before the round left the muzzle. Some will say "luck" while I say well done gentlemen, very well done. What a hog.
Hulme and Athol put together another Safari, this one in Mozambique. Old friends make fine hunting companions and this pair have shared more than a few campfires together over the years. Athol and the tracking team managed to turn up this heavy bossed, grumpy old bull and Hulme killed him cleanly with his 375 H&H Legend and a single solid. No Drama, no blood trails, no issues, just bang, thump !
Richard traveled into the NWT in search of a Moose and maybe a Wolf if he was lucky enough to see one. He was carrying a Legend chambered for 375 H&H we had built quite some time ago that until now he had never been in the field. The hours in the saddle and diligently glassing into Artic basins finally paid off with this really fine bull. Not a lot of New Yorkers will be eating Moose tenderloin this winter but I know one family will have plenty of steaks on the grill for some time to come.
The Wolf came in circumstances that really defy all reason but not being one to look a gift horse in the mouth Richard dropped the Wolf with a single round while he was fixing something to eat. You just never know what will show up for a meal.