I was looking through my scope at a break in the woods, exactly 126 yards from the deer stand when I suspected that a branch from a fallen palmetto was really the antler of a fallen Axis. But it wasn?t. And then something happened that I will never forget.
Just to the left of the spot I was examining, at 104 yards, an Axis deer rose from behind a wood pile with blood on the right side of his mouth. The beast had been licking an exit wound for 35 minutes when he got up to attempt an entrance into the thick of the woods. We called him in the hopes that he would stop his slow march into the thick for long enough to take the second shot. But he ran instead. Doug urged me to fire that second shot just as the beast broke into a solid run. At 126 yards, the Axis took a second and fatal shot behind the other shoulder. Thirty feet from there he reached his final destination-a fallen palmetto at the edge of the woods.
We waited another thirty minutes, just for safe measure, before retrieving the mighty Axis. Later, he was dressed and readied for the cooler. After a long day we were spent and headed to the grill to enjoy some lightly seasoned back-strap before turning in for the evening.
In the morning it was Doug?s turn to make sure that the finest shot of the weekend would belong to him. After all, he was the 30-year veteran hunter. Not to mention that we were hunting in his neck of the woods.
When Doug?s .308 Browning dropped an Axis doe at 327 yards, there was little doubt about who would come home with the bragging rights for the finest shot of the weekend. The .308 cartridge, the Browning name, and the steady hand of my host were a lethal combination-literally.
When I got home from my weekend adventure, I decided that I needed an upgrade for my next hunt of the Axis deer. Getting a Browning A-bolt Medallion, chambered in 30.06 is probably my next goal.
Back in the academy, my gender variant adversaries are still seeking gender neutral bathrooms. For some people, the world is a complicated place.
Mike S. Adams (www.DrAdams.org) enjoys putting things into perspective. He also enjoys doing commentaries for his friend Doug Giles on www.clashradio.com . And, of course, he recommends Doug?s new book, ?Political Twerps, Cultural Jerks, and Church Quirks.?