BF - know exactly how you feel. FINALLY got home from bouncing around the country. First it was upstate New York for one month, then out to west Texas for another. Got home and spent a couple of days watching yearlings cavorting in the small clearing down range.
Saturday morning was pretty much the same thing. Was out well before dawn, the sun was up, the yearlings had come and gone, nothing down range, so I got up from behind my little stand, picked up the .300 Savage and stepped back to stretch the legs before heading for the house. Was about to take that first step towards the house when movement really close in front of me caught my attention. I dropped to my knees, hoping I could avoid detection. It worked and a young doe stepped a little further out from the brush. This was larger than the yearlings I had seen earlier. I guess that twenty years of military training does come in handy at times. Brought the rifle up into a 'perfect' kneeling unsupported firing position. Remington Model 81 has a scope mounted, but this one was close enough that it wasn't needed. Used the open sights and "bang" - single shot. Doe jumped a little into the air then took off like a scalded rabbit - but not very far. Y'all are absotively and posilutely correct - put one through both lungs and they may run, but they don't run very far. Doe ran about 40-50 yards and dropped. She may not have been the biggest doe out there, but I'll bet she tastes good when I get her out of the oven.
And for those who recommended the Limbsaver recoil pad for the Model 81??? Thanks a bunch for the advice, hardly felt the recoil at all when I squeezed the trigger. <either that or the adrenaline was really pumping through the old veins>