Getting Ready to Hunt!

It’s been a whirlwind since the beginning of the year. Selling a house, buying a house, moving, finding some work, building a wood shed, installing a wood stove, buying a tractor, getting some chickens, getting some cats, homeschooling our boys, processing 50 pounds of apples, making more soap…sheesh!

And now we’re getting ready to hunt. The first one for my oldest son Grant.

Just got to teach him how to sight in his newly acquired rifle from his great Grand Dad. Grant and I took turns shooting a .270 caliber rifle my Grand Father made for him and presented it to him on his birthday. He didn’t think it was for him at first, but was smiling ear to ear. The rifle is a special left handed variant (Grant’s a lefty) with a shorter barrel and less weight designed for youth shooters. We also have a nice area to shoot from our property with a tall backstop, lots of deer droppings all around the field too. The target we were shooting at was set out to about 100 yards and we where shooting 150 grain soft points. After some refinement, we got the rifle dialed in pretty well; at least 1 inch from the point of aim at 100 yards. The last shots were near the bulls-eye in the center and bottom left. Shoots pretty good, but recoils pretty hard. I thought poor Grant was going to get scoped, but he did great and kept his composure and his balance.

There are a lot of deer up here in the Palouse range and we see them out and about almost daily. They love the garbanzo bean fields. Hunting is more of a challenge up here, because of privately owned land in Potlatch. You can get a permit, but it’s not cheap. A two hour drive to White Bird is possible, but i would rather find a spot to scout near our home. There’s also the St. Joe National forest which is about an hour away, my only fear is it will be over crowded with hunters. We’ll see what happens and we’ll certainly have a grand old adventure where ever we end up going.







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I'm a software engineer and I've been doing software development for a long time, over 19 years professionally for various companies and many more in my youth just for fun. I've had a long professional career. I'm always looking for other activities where i can learn new skills and discover the true meaning of life. I live for adventure, crafted whiskey, good cigars and remote places.

7 thoughts on “Getting Ready to Hunt!

  1. Todd, The rifle was intentionally sighted three inches high at 100 yards, so as to be two or so high at 200 and dead-on at 300 yards. This way, all hit within a heart size string at most hunting ranges and no distance estimates are necessary out to 300 yards.   Good luck on your hunt!!   Gramps

    • Good to know. I dialed the windage to the right some as it was high left. I’ll adjust the elevation back to where it was. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Thats is awesome. I am truly happy for you boys. Mr Grant keep me posted on the hunt. Have your Dad tell you the story of our Duck hunt in Warwick or our Rabbit hunt in Papillion. Better yet have him tell you about our fishing trip w/Grandpa Bob when we were your age. Not only can Granpa Bob make a rifle he can put a edge on a knife…. LMBO…. Miss you all very much…

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