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Open Arms
WELCOMING DEER

HUNTING WITH

By Ron Weaner

I'd always wanted to shoot a deer with
a handgun, and by Wednesday of the
second week of the firearms deer season,
I had only one antlerless license left.
I'm a school teacher, so I couldn't get
out until the afternoon, and the handgun
- a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum with
a 6-inch open-sight barrel - was the only
firearm I took with me.
The shot would have to be 30 yards
or less. I knew my limitations.
It was cold and windy as I climbed
into a tree stand that had been productive
earlier in the season. I was optimistic.
The gun was in a shoulder holster,
under my coveralls, as I leaned into the
wind.
About 4:45, I glimpsed deer in the
brush, off to my left. They seemed to
be on a path that would offer me a shot.
As I pulled out my revolver, I identified three antlerless deer, with the lead
one bigger than the others.
The big doe stopped broadside at 24
yards and I shot.
All three deer ran down the trail and
out of sight, with the big doe showing
signs of a good hit.
Excitement overtook me as I realized
I might have just gotten my first ever
handgun deer.
I immediately got down from the
stand. I could see no blood or hair, but
the torn-up leaves made it easy to follow
the track. After about 20 yards I picked

up a good blood trail.
The doe was piled up about 80 yards
from where I had shot.
After tagging, field-dressing and
much photo-taking, I dragged the deer
about 100 yards to the edge of the woods
and hiked home to get my tractor.
This deer hunt had been one of my
most exciting. Everything had gone as
planned, and I even would be able to skin
and hang the deer before it got too late.
It wasn't until a few days later that I
got to thinking about my now-completed
season and realized I'd harvested one or
more deer that year with nearly every
type of sporting arm I have.
This was never my goal, it just
worked out that way.
On the first Monday of archery
season, I was hunting in a stand in the
back of my dad's farm in Adams County.
Little did I know Dad soon would sell
the farm and this would be the last year
we'd hunt there.
Hunting with my compound bow
near what we call the "wilderness field,"
I was able to make good on a 20-yard
shot at a big doe.
It was a great way to start the season.
Then, hunting after school on my own
Adams County farm on the first Thursday of the season, I saw a buck while
hunting a stand at the edge of a woodlot.

Shooting opportunities, through the seasons.
JUNE 2017

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