January 31, 2012
By Ron Alton
On the third day of hunting during the November rut in NW Ontario , I was set up over a feeding area that's natural Boreal forest shrubbery, dried ferns, fallen aspen and birch leaves and mosses. I had a doe and two fawns come through and eat for 30 minutes and then leave.
Shortly after doe and fawns left, the big boy came out, feeling safe enough, to cross over the grassy area that led to his bedding area, a jack pine ridge. I'm sure he was observing the doe and fawns feed and with no signs of alertness it gave him a comfort level.
I took him at 120 yards while in my ground blind with my new Winchester M70 in .30-06 topped with a Burris Fullfield II 3x9x40mm and powered with Remington Cor Lokt 180-grain PSP's. He dropped on the spot during a slow walk.
The buck, my largest to date, grossed 166 5/8 and netted 163 2/8 typical. The left main beam lost about 3 inches to fighting. he's close to a Booner but not quite.
Congrats on a fantastic buck Ron!
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