Today was the big day. Opening of the 9 day gun deer season. Legal shooting time in my area was 6:38am. I was in my tree stand, ready to rock, at 5:45am. It was overcast, 26 degrees, with a light snow falling, 2" snow on the ground, and no wind. Perfect! I saw two deer moving through the woods at 6:10... 28 minutes too early to shoot... about 60 yards out. Couldn't tell what they were, it was still too dark. At 6:45, I saw a deer (a doe) walking from left to right, about 100-120 yds away. Way too far to try a shot with my .45 Colt Ruger Blackhawk. As I watched her with my binocs, I noticed she kept looking back over her shoulder. I scanned her back trail, and sure enough, a nice buck was trailing behind her by about 40 yds. He too was too far away to try a shot with a revolver (I'm bringing my .280 Rem tomorrow, in addition to the pistol). He appeared, then disappeared behind the young 5-10' tall balsam trees, then appeared again briefly, then gone, etc. They were heading away... I watched them til they were no longer visible. I didn't see another deer until about 3:15pm... then all hell broke loose. There were deer everywhere. A medium sized doe and a young spike buck walked under my stand at a range of about 30 yds. I whacked the doe with my .45... she went down where she stood. The 300gr Cast Performance LBT broke both shoulders. One "meat" tag filled, one buck tag and three more doe tags to go. I packed up my stuff, and as I got ready to climb down to tag her, I saw another deer approaching... then another... then another! I unholstered the Blackhawk, then froze as the deer approached. One was a young doe, the other two were young bucks... one was a spike, the other a forkhorn. I let them pass by at 15 yards. One meat deer to drag the half-mile back to the truck is enough for one day. (If it had been "Ole mossy horns" that would've been differant, but immature bucks get a pass, so they can grow into big bucks.) I saw nine deer today, in the same area, where in 60 hours of bowhunting the past few weeks, I saw not hide nor hair of a single deer. Go figure. I registered my deer at the nearest DNR station. I donated the head to be tested for CWD disease. I should've taken a picture first. I took one of the .45 slug's exit hole, after I hung the deer in my barn. It's below. If the sight of a beheaded deer will bother you, don't click on the pic. There's no blood or gore visible... just a large exit hole, center of the shoulder, just behind the neck. I've shot 6 deer with these .452" hard cast bullets, and have yet to recover one.