Will after 89 manhours noway bags 1st deer for 2006. This was our opener mzl'er season for the far-south zone. I took advantage of the nice weather and a saturday off to see if I could hook up with a Deer. Took this fla-avg size 6pt buck at around 08:30 today. species = Buck/Deer 3x3 weapon = Thompson Center Thunderhawk 50cal percussion ignition charge= 90gr of Pyrodex/RS std hornday sabot with 240grain XTP distance = 43yards +- 5 yards weight = 90lb dress i walked in about 1/h hours before legal/shootable light and spook 2 deer and one was big. Can't tell for sure how many horns it had but all I saw was a big adult deer standing in the early morning light-darkness 25yards away. Shortly there after i spooked a 2nd deer ( fawn ), so I decided to drop anchor and wait. And yes I waited until I couldn't bare the mosquitoes. They where thick and the thermal cell was just about useless along with the 3m Ultrahon and other lotions, So around 7:45 I went patroling. I didn't see any deer/hogs but ran across 2 turkeys grazing my way. They alerted and took off. Around 08:20 I was crossing a fallen slash pine and had one leg over and my head duck under another branch when I spot this single spike deer on the other side of the 3 fallen pine. It was 20yards or so with his nose in the air looking at me. I did get the scope up and checked him out but the angle and being head on I didn't want to take him. ( good move ). Shortly after me and spikey doing a stare down the deer raise his tails and slowly walked off the trail. I wait and wait and wait and didn't seen him passing but who knows the vegation was thick as campbell chunky soup. As I finished crossing mother nature obstacle course this deer jump out of brush into the sendero and the rest was history. I had 3secs to observed his antler to make sure he was legal and to pick a spot and pull the trigger. Deer ran about 30yards and was hidden by some more vegation but I heard him crash into the forest. I should have waited but no I pursued the deer and found him about 60yards or so off the sendero and he was not dead but bedded down and bobbing his head like he was just punch by Mike Tyson, Then I realize I left my bag with spare speedloader and a powerbelt behind so I couldn't "coup de gras" him. I backed off and went the 1/2mile up the trails retrieve my gear and grabbed my stuff and mossy on back and found the deer had picked up and moved another 15years from where he was 1st bedded down out but this time he was dead. all in all I'm very happy that I have some vension to proccess and to add to the freezer Wanna kill these ads? We can help!