North FL Deer / Turkey Hunt – Unforgettable!

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    Brian.in.MI
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    Hey Guys, just want to share the great experience I had last week in Florida.

    Drove 15 hours straight and met up with @bullfrog / Travis. Bullfrog was instrumental in Florida’s decision to allow the taking of whitetail with .30 cal or larger pcp air rifles. I wanted to witness / take part in airgun hunting history! Plus, I desperately needed of change of scene after hunting MI exclusively for 35+ years. 

    We spent a lot of our time dodging heavy rainstorms, but made the most of every available minute. When we weren’t hunting, we were shooting and experimenting with his collection, and the few guns I brought along. That in itself was a great time and truly memorable!

    Day 1, I was able to take a small buck on a depredation permit at 58 yards. The .30 cal, 99 grain NSA was devastating. 

    Day 2, I passed up on an almost identical buck, hoping a more mature buck would slip up and allow me a shot. I was hunting with the actual .308 Slayer that won big-bore at EBR and my data was dead on. Anything under 150 yards was toast if a broadside shot presented itself. We spent much of the day shooting and testing 

    Day 3 got off to a somewhat panicked start upon realizing it was daylight savings. Whoops! Barely made into the blind before shooting light and feared that I might have spooked everything on my way out there. As the sun came up, I heard a group of turkey in the distance and they were getting closer. I decided that if I had a shot on any male bird, I was taking it, since I already had a deer in the cooler. 

    As luck would have it, a group moved in and their were 2 jakes in the bunch. I followed the larger of the two in my scope for a few minutes as they moved closer. When a perfect shot presented itself at 55 yards, I sent it. THUMP!! The bullet entered just above the breast meat and exited right above the tail feathers. I’ve never seen a turkey dead so instantly. The 99 grain HP took off the top of his heart and turned the lungs into jello without wasting an ounce of meat anywhere!! 

    That was the FIRST turkey to ever be harvested legally with an airgun in Florida. Such a privilege!! 

    Spent the afternoon shooting airguns (pinch me) and preparing for the evening hunt. Travis said if I saw a fat doe to go right ahead with another depredation permit if a mature buck didn’t show. Well, right at dusk that’s exactly what happened. 

    48 yard headshot dropped her like lightening, and boy was she fat! I am forever grateful to Bullfrog for so much, not the least of which is the time we spent in the rain, covered in mosquitoes butchering that doe in the dark with flashlights! 

    Another pic or two from this amazing hunt. Thanks again for the opportunity, Travis!

     

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    BeachGunner
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    Amazing hunt. 

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    Centercut
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    Wow Brian, great hunt! Thanks for letting us (me, @crusher and @masterho) shoot that awesome gun at EBR. It was an experience reliably hitting steel targets at 225 yards. And I know you guys were hitting them a lot further out than that. 

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    zx10wall
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    Wow, what an awesome experience and hunt!! Thank you for sharing, Brian. 

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    crittahitta
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    Wow that sounds like it was an awesome experience. Thanks for the story and pics. Did you do a head shot on the buck also? Did the head shot doe pass thru completely?

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    Hunt4Dinner
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    I’m glad to see more states opening up opportunities to airgun hunting different species. 

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    Brian.in.MI
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    crittahitta

    Wow that sounds like it was an awesome experience. Thanks for the story and pics. Did you do a head shot on the buck also? Did the head shot doe pass thru completely?

    The buck was a vitals shot. Both were complete pass through. The wound channels were pretty impressive. Like “whoa, a .30 cal did this?!” 

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    Oregun
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    Wow… unforgettable is right!  

    Great shooting and thanks for sharing with us, Brian!!!

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    Bob_O
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    Holy cripe…..thanks for sharing!!!!

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    Txhunter817
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    Would you mind sharing the pellet information? Brand, possibly a link . 

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    Imold
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    Congrats on the deer and turkey, Just to know you were doing a 1st hunt with a PCP for deer and turkey had to be a experience in itself let alone dealing with the weather, at least your not up north where it’s 14* with a windchill of -2* hahaha. 

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    Brian.in.MI
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    Txhunter817

    Would you mind sharing the pellet information? Brand, possibly a link . 

    Was shooting these – Nielsen Specialty Ammo 99 grain hollow point bullet. Same at EBR. They are incredibly accurate and really do a number on game.

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    Brian.in.MI
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    Imold

    Congrats on the deer and turkey, Just to know you were doing a 1st hunt with a PCP for deer and turkey had to be a experience in itself let alone dealing with the weather, at least your not up north where it’s 14* with a windchill of -2* hahaha. 

    @imold, don’t worry I’m back in MI where the weather is mostly crappy!! I’ll take the FL mosquitoes over this any day, haha. 

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    bigdaves40
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    Brian where in North Florida were You? I grew up in central FL in SC now but I hunted a lot in NW  FL .killed some big deer up there. Dave

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    Bullfrog
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    Brian was on my blueberry farm on the north end of the peninsula. Looking at the map, more on the NE side west of Jacksonville. 

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    Bullfrog
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    I want to add that it was a pleasure to host Brian. Also, I’ve never had the chance to shoot so many high end airguns as I did that weekend. The Slayer really is all it cracked up to be. Pellet-like accuracy with the Neilsens and whisper quiet from a distance. There were occasions when I was in the workshop while Brian was punching paper and the Slayer sounded like a little .25 Mrod going off. When he killed the doe on the last evening, I was a few hundred yards away and if I did hear the shot, at most it sounded like a nearby twig being stepped on (I noted when I heard it but never figured out if that was the moment of the shot or not). Its definately one of those guns that seems loud in your ear when you shoot it but translates to nothing in the distance. 

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    Bullfrog
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    Here's a shot clip of the highlight of Brian's trip:

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    Brian.in.MI
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    Thanks for sharing my iPhone video / slide show 😂 

    Osceola Turkey – It’s what’s for dinner (tonight)

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    intenseaty22
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    OH Man! Nice!!! All the way around. That is an awesome head shot on that doe. Congrats! 

     

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    Brian.in.MI
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    intenseaty22

    OH Man! Nice!!! All the way around. That is an awesome head shot on that doe. Congrats! 

     

    Would have taken that head shot at 75 yards (my zero) without hesitation, but she kept moving closer. All of these years taking deer with air rifles, I’ve never felt so confident in any rifle beyond crossbow range. The AAA .308 is def a game changer. As in, it changes game from a live, standing position to a dead, horizontal one. 

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