After not seeing game for the last 2 or 3 weekends seems like this weekend we hit the jackpot. One of Tim's guys spotted deer and a coyote in our lower fields. Late morning, Mom yelled out to look into the cut hay field and I just caught a glimpse of a big whitetail bounding into the tree line adjacent to the Barton's farm. Nice size deer, appeared to be a doe. So of course out come the binoculars and sure enough, within a short time, mom picks up another one in the hedge row between the lower and middle meadows. She even has some pics of a turkey flock grazing in a green field.
Driving up Thursday, we took a slight detour and ended up at Davis' Sports in Sloatsburg, NY. I've been dancing back and forth with the rifle and caliber I want for the coyotes up on the property. Narrowed it down to a Remington 700 or a Winchester 70 (or so I thought) chambered in a .223, .22-250 or a .243 Win. Well the .243 came up the winner for a number of reasons. Originally designed as a varmint/predator round (coyotes, bobcat, fox, etc.) it's based on a necked down .308 cartridge. Just enough pop for bigger game (whitetails, mule deer, pronghorn, hogs, black bear and caribou) and fast, accurate, with a nice flat trajectory for predators. My dad always speaks glowingly of his favorite rifle chambered in a .257 Roberts. Well it's a tad too much bullet for 'yotes, fox and bobcat or I would have honored his tradition and chambered the rifle with it. So for now it's a .243 Win mag. But the gun!!! Oh boy, never, never, ever pick up a Sako. Of course I did, and once again it will cost me. As much as I wanted to pick a classic American rifle by Remington or Winchester, you can immediately tell the difference. The bolt throws short and easy. The rifle shoulders fluidly. And the 2 lbs. lighter weight make it impossible for me to pass on. Stainless steel barrel with a dull black synthetic stock. Being in the Beretta family seals the deal.
Nikon makes a nice coyote scope with a BDC (bullet drop compensation) reticle, but once again I made a fatal mistake and checked out a Trijicon. Needless to say it's now on order. Hell of a rig, hope to put down lots of 'yotes and more than a few deer. So all said and done it's a Sako .243 Win, stainless/synthetic bolt action, topped with a Triji.
Caught an early dinner at Rubbin' Butts smokehouse/BBQ in Cobleskill. Ate outside as it was a crisp, clear fall day. The ribs were good, but the chicken was better. Excellent whipped sweet potatos. Worth the stop.