Ithaca Deerslayer 3, Not Just for Whitetail

6 03 2013

 

This product review also was published on http://ithacagun.com/ and on http://ladiesincamo.com/fromthefield/productreviews.html

diane caribou

My husband and I went Caribou hunting with Safari Nordik, based out of Montreal.   We were field trial testing Ithaca’s Deer Slayer 3 slug guns, hoping to put them through the wringer weather wise (and we did!). They performed wonderfully.   With the Nikon Slughunter scope we were shooting caribou out to almost 200 yards.

Dale started the week off with a caribou on the first morning; he shot it at 186 yards, and broke the shoulder completely.  We had to pack it out about 1 mile to the boat, I was wishing he had shot a smaller caribou or at least closer to the boat!   After that, we had a nasty weather front move in that dropped almost 7 inches of rain in 24 hours. We hunted the entire day, but the caribou were smarter than we were. Ptarmigan, however, were not so smart. Shooting them made the rainy day a success. As soon as the front passed through we started seeing movement again. The next morning I dropped a nice caribou with the Ithaca DS3 at 157 yards. I had to run ½ mile to cut him off as he crossed the river. By the time I shot him, I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive the hunt either!

The morning of the last day, we each had 1 tag left to fill.  Dale used the DS3 to pick off a good sized caribou at less than 100 yards.  This one had actually crossed between us, without sensing either of us.  Dale had the better angle to drop it neatly in its tracks.  I was beginning to think I would have a tag left over, when a nice 2 year old caribou came into sight.  I had a decent set of antlers from my first animal, so I figured to fill the freezer with this one.  He would pass in and out of the very small pine trees that littered the land.  Finally after adjusting my position numerous times, I was able to place a shot to the lungs, that dropped him in just a couple of steps.  The best part of this one was that we could get a quad right up next to him!  No packing it out!!

dale caribouThe Ithaca Deerslayer 3 allowed us to harvest 4 fantastic caribou, in less than ideal conditions; Four shots, four caribou, no tracking.  The Nikon Slughunter scope helped us place the perfect shots  on these animals.  As long as you take your time to range the shots, the reticles are right on.  Just like myself and Dale, the DS3 and the Slughunter Scope held up to an unbelievable amount of rain and temperature extremes, they make an unbeatable pair.

DS3BannerThe Ithaca Deerslayer 3 can be purchased at http://www.ithacagun.com/deerslayer3.html, 419-294-4113  or at various retail gun shops.  The price will vary depending on your options.

This review is also published at http://ithacagun.com/

Photo Credit:  Diane Hassinger

Stock Photo Credit:  Ithaca Gun Company

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