| He had hunted deer only a few times before and that
was with a 12 ga shotgun and slugs. 2008 was the first year for Nick to go Deer
Hunting with a rifle: His new 97D Single Shot Rifle in 6.5mm BRM. He had
surprised himself after sighting the rifle in... He was practicing off-hand
shooting at 100 yards and was able to consistently place his shots in the kill
zone of his target. Practice makes perfect, it also builds confidence.
On a snowy and cold opening morning, Nick was sitting on top of his ladder stand in thick MN woods when this beautiful buck wandered into view. There was always a branch or tree in the way and he couldn't aim a good shot. Then, as he waited and waited for his perfect moment, the buck eventually wandered out of sight. "Oh, I should have taken a shot..." Poor Nick thought he'd lost his big chance. (There usually never is a "perfect" moment to shoot in woods hunting... Most often you have to be ready-er than you thought to take a shot-of-opportunity before a split second opening passes). Then about a half an hour later, the buck came back into view and this time Nick had a shot... And took it!
Nick aimed his 97D Rifle for one well placed shot through the lungs and heart. The Buck leaped up and bounded away but he piled up dead within 20 yards. The shot was at a difficult angle, through trees and brush at a paced off distance of about 40 yards. Hats off to Nick Amborn for having the Patience and Skill to make this shot!