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Old 06-26-2019, 12:19 AM
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Default Pahapeso outfitters update

Just returned from an awesome trip and want to thank everyone for all the great advice.

The owner Terry Maier and his wife,were outstanding host and were very friendly and hard working people. The accommodations were very comfortable and the Mrs. made some awesome meals for breakfast and dinner. They also packed a cooler with lunch meat, bread, rolls, mustard, Mayo, fruit, cookies, candy and drinks for me and my buddy while we were out shooting PD.

The area where we hunted was about 20 miles from a hard road and the weather was good for June 19 & 20. Both days were sunny with a high in the mid 70s.

My buddy and I both enjoyed our hunt that turned into learning experience especially the first day. We missed a lot of PD because of the wind blowing anywhere from 10 to 30 MPH. I was using my 17hm, 223 bolt and 243. and it was hard to judge where the bullets were hitting because the grass was high from all the rain they had out there. The owner told us he had to call some hunters and told them not to come out because of the conditions.

The second day we started the day at another PD town with most shots over 250 yards that my buddy was targeting with his 22-250. I took care a couple of the PD under 150 yards with my 17hmr. The majority of my shots were over 500 yards using my 243 while my buddy was spotting. I can't say I had any confirmed kills. I know I was inches away from a few and had some go straight up in the air maybe from me hitting in front of their dirt mound.

While we were spotting for each other we realized that our rifles were hitting high probably do to the altitude and thinner air. No grass or low grass at this location. Instead of using my five hundred yard hash mark at 500 yards, I had to use the 200 yard hash mark. I had this rifle all set up here in Penna. for woodchucks using the scopes ballistic calculator and it was dead on at 300 yds. My buddie's range charts were way off also and he was making corrections. He then was making consisted kills out to 300 yards.

After lunch we went to another town and there were a lot more PD at close range. I had more confirmed kills with the 17 hmr out to 215 yards. I tried a few shots at about 240 yards to no avail. At this distance the wind was too much. I was aiming about a foot to the left of my target & the bullet was hitting 6-12 inches on the right side of the target. I then took out my heavy artillery (243) and smoked a couple from that area. I didn't use the AR or the 223 on this day because there was no lull in the shooting. couldn't even drink a beer without a target popping out.

The hardest part in my experience was after locatinga PDs with my binoculars then trying to locate them in the rangefinder and then trying to locate them in the scope. it was frustrating but I got better at it the second day.

I would say it was a great experience and me and my buddy both said we would do it again.
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