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I’m ready to hunt with my Specialist XL for the first time in 3 years. I couldn’t hunt 2 years ago because I had a deteriorated right knee in need of replacement. I couldn’t hunt last year because I had knee replacement in May 2020!

This year I’m ready to hunt when the weather gets a good bit cooler. I put a Burris FastFire 3 Reflex Red Dot sight on it last week. I’ve sighted it in and it is very accurate from 10 to 35 yards. Before I go to the woods with it, I’ll be shooting it out to 40 yards to see how much holdover I might need out to that distance.

I know I have deer coming through within 20 to 40 yards of my boxblind. I need to finish painting the exterior of the blind, the interior of the blind and put carpet on the floor and 3 feet up the walls of the blind and I’ll be ready to hunt!!
 

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Thanks, Yhomas! I hope you have a great season, too! Our deer season in NC opened last Saturday, but I like to wait until we have a couple of heavy frosts before I go hunting. I’ve been to the woods 4 times this Summer thus far to start painting a box blind I had built, to hang a game camera and pit out corn. I’m seeing deer feeding early in the morning, late in the evening and during the night. I’ll be ready when the weather is right so the chiggers don’t eat me up like they have in the four trips I’ve made this far!!
 

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I’ve been hunting three times thus far even though we’ve yet to have a frost. The first hunt was an evening hunt and I saw nothing. The second hunt was yesterday morning and I took a shot at a nice doe at 7:25 AM. I had enough visibility to clearly see the deer and put the red dot behind its shoulder. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough light to see the overhanging limb between me and the deer. I killed the limb, but I missed the deer! I went again this morning and saw three nice does. They never got closer than 60 yards and were moving through briskly so I took no shots. I’m going to take off a couple of days and give my old knees a rest!
 

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'Least youre getting to go, seeing some deer, and even taking a shot or two at 'em. I'd say your hunting has gone pretty good so far. Take care of those knees.;)
 

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'Least youre getting to go, seeing some deer, and even taking a shot or two at 'em. I'd say your hunting has gone pretty good so far. Take care of those knees.;)
Thanks! One of the knees, right knee, I had replaced 17 months ago. The left knee would be scheduled for replacement, if the right knee felt good enough to be the good knee for the left knee to be replaced!
 

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How old are ya wildman? Sounds like the left side is doing pretty good. If you can wait get the right side scheduled for January.;):)
 

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How old are ya wildman? Sounds like the left side is doing pretty good. If you can wait get the right side scheduled for January.;):)
I’m 74 and will turn 75 in January. I’ve lost 30+ lbs since we moved to NC 5 years ago. Unfortunately, I did too much damage to my knees playing full court basketball on concrete floors until I turned 38!
 

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Congrats.
 
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