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Re: Red deer with a Hepburn
Reply #15 - Mar 18th, 2019 at 11:05pm
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Awesome hunt with a rifle that could probably tell us lots of stories!  I have hunted exclusively with various single shot rifles for 20 years or so but most were in modern chamberings.  The last several mule deer I have taken were with my 25/35 Stevens and a Rolling Block in 38/56.  After seeing your story I think I might not ever hunt deer with a modern cartridge again as long as I can see my front sight.  Tom
  
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Reply #16 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 12:16am
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Thanks Tom. Yes you are fine if you can just see that front sight. Mine is getting harder to see each year. Smiley. The really hard part is getting up on your deer but for me that is the fun bit and when it all comes together that's what makes a great hunt.

I found another photo of the Red & the Hepburn. You just don't realise how big these animals are until they are on the deck.
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Reply #17 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 12:15pm
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Another great picture Spud!
  

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Reply #18 - Mar 20th, 2019 at 8:23am
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That is a wonderful stag. It sounds like you are a true hunter with that stalk.stalk and your self imposed range limit.
Great job, Lee Gibbs pres
  
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Reply #19 - Mar 20th, 2019 at 8:41pm
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Great story and wonderful animal, Congratulations! Out of curiosity do you know what it weighed field dressed? Just curious how they compare to our western Elk.† Also I'm attaching this pic hope you don't mind me sharing. I see your picture and smile and think of past hunts. Thanks for sharing.
  
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Reply #20 - Mar 20th, 2019 at 10:15pm
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Bnice. No idea what weight he went dressed out but in the paddock a Red stag usually goes about 200 kg (450 lb). These have Wapiti in their blood line so they are big boys.
Here he is up on the hooks which should give you an idea of size for comparison with your Elk. I usually let the meat hang in the chiller for at least a week. The back straps were very tasty!
It's deer season again here so can't wait to get out.
  
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Reply #21 - Mar 21st, 2019 at 8:29am
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Nice picture, yes that helps. If it taste like our elk itís great, I prefer it to beef. Thank you and good luck this season! Go build some great memories.
  
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Reply #22 - Mar 21st, 2019 at 12:14pm
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At 450# he is in the middle of our game. Mule deer run 200, but can get to 400. Rocky Mountain Elk  are about 700 with Roosevelts on the west coast running 700 up to about 1100 occasionally.

Are red deer the only species you hunt down under?
  

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Reply #23 - Mar 21st, 2019 at 6:58pm
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Spud,
Wonderful animal and pics!  Only outdone by your stalking and your write up!  It is amazing the killing that an animal, that is all horned up, can take. Thank you for taking us along.
  
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Reply #24 - Mar 24th, 2019 at 5:13am
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Schuetzenmister, sorry for the delay in getting back with an answer......been out hunting again with the Hepburn and spent most of last sat morning stalking a nice Fallow spiker for meat. Spotted him with about 800 yds of open grassland to cross in order to get close enough for a shot. Every time he put his head down to feed I moved forward a bit then stopped and hit the deck.....and so the game slowly progressed. One & a half hours later finally got within about 80 yds but only had a chance for a rear end shot so waited for him to turn broadside. In the end he turned right instead of left and just slipped soundlessly into the scrub. Didn't even get to cock the rifle....oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes but it was a great way to spend a autumn morning.
To answer your question....we have 6 species here in Oz,
Fallow, Red, Rusa, Sambar, Chital & Hog. All were introduced back in colonial days by the Brits and they've spread rapidly ever since. I'm lucky enough to have 4 of those species very close to home.
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Reply #25 - Mar 24th, 2019 at 1:06pm
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That is a nice variety.  Sorry you didn't get a shot.  I have had many such adventures myself.  Embarrassed
  

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Reply #26 - Jun 20th, 2019 at 11:58am
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What a great hunt those Red deer are impressive.
  
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Reply #27 - Jun 20th, 2019 at 12:16pm
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Huzzah! A handsome rifle, and a splendid animal taken the right way. Good job, and thanks for sharing the tale! Cheers...   Jim
  
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Reply #28 - Aug 19th, 2019 at 5:11am
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Excellent hunt and a great report.

Cheers from a fellow Aussie.  Smiley


  
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Re: Red deer with a Hepburn
Reply #29 - Aug 19th, 2019 at 3:32pm
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Spud, that is both an impressive rifle and stag. I have owned many old single shot rifles but never a Hepburn. By the way Spud, over here your last shot is known as a Texas heart shot.
  
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