Today I head out after a 2 weekend disater a few weeks back. I was able to bag a central florida 2x2 buck this AM. The hunt started out with a host of turkeys landing within 15-20yards of my location. I was was really amazed that no bird figure out this blazed-orange hunter was a "hunter". After hearing "flutter ..........flutter ......... flutter " for about 6 mins. I finally got bored and most of all " nearly forgot getting that i was out for deer today". I sat and watched and listen for the next 2 hours before Osama Bin Ladden deer showed up and he had a high bounty on his head. This deer surprised just like the last one that came down this same path at almost the same time. He was on a direct approached into my position and I had the same awfull clump of brush in front of me, limiting my shot possibilities. About 10ft on the other side of the clump he stopped. He smell something but did NOT alert. I even tried to peer around the brush but I was not sure if he would hear me shift my feet and/or body. All of sudden he jump right back, kind like a cat that suprises a trap and jumps from the trap going off. Once he did this his rump was in completed view and then he did a 180deg turn giving me the best broadside catering with head raised look back at me. The last thing he saw was alot of smoke and he hear aloud clack + boom Now for the track job, I misjudge where I thought he ran, maybe the smoke,noise and that I follow the most direct line played aganist me. I tracked this deer ( or at least I thought ) for the next 1hours, In a big circle 100yards into the tree line and made circles on top or circle and guess what? The stupid deer was only 40yards from where I saw him ran at and he didn't ran a straight line but literally did a 90deg turned from the tree cover and fell over some broken oaks I nearly stumble over him when i found the first signs of blood. Alot of blood was present right at the deer and maybe 10ft out. I nearly laughed when after close to 60mins of tracking, crawling over trees, palms, brush, looking for fresh blood and kicked up dirt, and the deer was right at the treeline/cover deader than a flat tire. the deer 2x2 with one antler showing a browtine about 3/4" long ( I known some won't count it & I don't either ) So this buck is really a 4 pointer. Shot was a thru-thru high shoulder. Both shoulder are on ice at this time, but I highly doubt I will savage any good meat of this. btw that's the exit wound The weapon used has been my favorite and reliable some what ( that will be a new thread and story next ). i used a hawk 44magnum bullet in a hornday sabot lit by a CCI #11perscussion cap. Projectile was propell with triple777 ( 90gram ) charge hand weighed. The hawk bullet performed great. I used the 240grain x25 jacket bullet and it exhibit good performance. The bullet is kinda pricey tho and might be overkill and/or slightly better than a XTP/speer hunting bullet in the 44magnum. I have these same bullets loaded in my 44mag contender and I would phantom that the TC/thunderhawk mzl'er is pushing it's bullet about as fast or maybe slower than a 10-14" bbl smokeless handgun. Using a good charge of 2400 or H110. http://www.hawkbullets.com/ Wanna kill these ads? We can help!