My wife and I took a vacation over the long Labor Day weekend and headed up to Incline Village, Nevada for some R&R with her side of the family. A grand time was had by all, and by all rights I should have been ready to go back to work Wednesday morning. But I wasn’t. And I knew I wouldn’t be, because I’ve learned that the best course of action is to take a day off after you take a week off. So I packed up some guns that needed shooting and headed out to my ranch. But I kept my eyes peeled . . .
If you’ll remember, I posted a few weeks back about my parents relentlessly badgering me, telling me about the Axis deer they kept seeing and how big the herd was, how tasty they would be this fall, and so on. To be honest, a part of me thought they were pulling my leg since Axis have always been a rare out near my parents’ place. So I kept my eyes peeled while I was driving around, and wouldn’t you know it — I finally saw them.
I was driving down one of our roads headed back to my shooting area after a brief intermission due to some rain when I saw two axis does, pictured above. I actually had my Ruger M77 with me at the time, sighted in just that morning and loaded with 80 gr. Barnes TTSX. They were even standing broadside against that fence you see. But it was early September, it was hot, I was tired, and you shouldn’t ALWAYS take the first shot presented. So I opted to grab my camera instead and snap these two.
But now the itch is verifiable and real. And soon the weather will chill out. Meat preservation will get easier and I’ll hopefully be able to post a recipe for chicken-fried Axis backstrap.