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I would want to walk "the lay of the land" before attempting to do any hunting. I'm a firm believer in "Murphy's Law", you know, if something wrong can happen . . . and Murphy has plenty of cousins out there. I want to know where my bullets are going when I pull the trigger. You can't get the bullet back after you pull the trigger.

The walk also gives you a chance to look for any deer signs, trails, etc. to let you know where they are coming from and where they are going. It also gives you a chance to figure out where the best place would be for setting up some sort of make shift blind or something to find when you try to get into place in pitch dark while waiting for dawn to break. 'Cause we all know that's one of the best times to catch deer munching on whatever they can find.

Sounds like you have a lever action, by the way you described your "brush gun". I had some really good results using Hornady's LeveRevolution rounds. They're specially designed for lever action with all the latest in modern technology. Something about that plastic tip causes tremendous response and mushrooming when it hits the deer. Let's put it this way, the exit wound was about the size of a quarter.

If the land back east is anything like Texas, I hope it's not a public road you were thinking about when you said "beanfield shots from the road really aren't an option". Game wardens will give you a phone call while you're wearing your skivvies, 'cause you just 'donated' everything else you had with you if caught hunting from a public roadway. But that's just my two cents worth.

Best of luck in getting one this season!
 
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