wvhitman
(old hand)
12/22/19 10:29 AM
West Virginia Handgun Slam

I coined this term in 2005 when I killed the four most commonly hunted animals in West Virginia- squirrel, turkey, bear, deer, all with a handgun. I couldn't find anyone else that had done it, so I felt very fortunate. Figured I'd never do it again, because one of these animals usually hard to do with the others. Usually it's a turkey or bear.
I still tried for a repeat. I did that in 2007. A 3 peat?? Yeah, in 2013. I figured that was it. No way could it be done 4 times. This year turned out to be really strange in difficulty getting these animals, but I did it again! 4 peat! Wow!
Squirrels were rather easy. Went to my farm on a warm Sept. day and got 5 with my Quiet Gun- Ruger MKIII, suppressed, 38 gr. CCI suppressed segmented HPs

Next came fall bear season. I have this honey hole farm where I'd taken 5 bears the last 7 years. They come off the mountain, cross a river, cross high grass, then a road, then go to the corn. I sat behind large hay bales and watched this road. The first 6 days I saw 3 bears and one giant coyote cross the road. They were all to fast to get a shot at. That was 6 hours a day with no action. I figured the last day would be a wash. It was the first 5 hrs. and 50 minutes. I was ready to leave. I unloaded my gun, but took one last look at the river. Bear! I quickly reloaded and waited for him to cross the road. When he did, my .375/.284 XP, 250 gr. Lehigh Chaos, hit him at 144 yds. He dropped, then rolled in the high grass. I couldn't find him in the dark, but did the next morning just 7 yds. from where he was hit. A nice 200# boar taken from the hay bales in the background

Next was turkey season. I got more intense thinking the slam was possible. I went to 4 farms with no luck. Finally, one of the farmers called and had seen turkeys 2 days in a row. I went, set up, all camoed. After 2 hours a dozen turkeys came around the mountain. There was no gobblers, so I picked out the biggest hen. 110 yds.FA .454 (my turkey gun), 260 gr. Speer Mag HP. The 15# hen was glued to the ground. See the broken wing. That's where you shoot them and not ruin meat

Now, I just needed a deer. I'd noticed I was seeing fewer deer daily as I bow hunted my farm. On the first day of buck season there were only 4 shots in the big valley my farm was in. That was not normal. For the 13 days of buck season I did not see a single horn! By mid season I was willing to shoot any deer. One day was brutal: 20-25 mph sustained winds, 35-40 mph gusts. Dumb me went out, at least in my blind. A dumb doe walked out 124 yds. from my blind, feeding. .325 WSM XP, 180 gr. Nosler BST. The clean up was brutal, but I had the slam.

It still bothered me that I hadn't taken a buck. I'd never been skunked in 44 years in the Potomac Highlands. So, I decided to muzzleload hunt with my CVA Optima .50 cal. handgun. Too cold to hunt the first 3 days. Got skunked on day #4. Day #5 I was in the blind on my farm. It's set up for 125-400 yd. shots. Not the best for my gun. After 3 1/2 hrs. of setting I saw nothing, so I started packing up to leave. Just one last look. Horns! Whoa. It was a good size bodied buck, but only 3 points. I'd just put an old Simmons 2 1/2-7X scope on this gun. It shot 3" at 100. This deer was at 114 yds. I fired. He wobbled a few steps and dropped. The 350 gr. HP did it's job. Now I had a real WV Handgun Slam

That was the most I'd hunted to get the slam. I guess the theme this year was PERCERVERANCE. Every time I was ready to give up I stuck it out a little longer.
Will I get another slam? I doubt it (well, maybe).


RSW
(member)
12/22/19 11:31 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Great job hitman! I always like reading about your adventures!

KRal
(Shootist)
12/22/19 01:06 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Excellent, Doc! Congrats!

Russell
(Pooh-Bah)
12/22/19 01:16 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Great, Doc!

popo
(journeyman)
12/22/19 03:03 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Congrats Doc. Nice when things work out after long waiy.

RBO21
(journeyman)
12/22/19 03:34 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Congrats Doc! Way to stick with it.

Shortgun
(enthusiast)
12/22/19 04:46 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

My hat is off to you Sir, congratulations!

REDHAWK1954
(Pooh-Bah)
12/22/19 05:41 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Congrats, great shooting as always.

Franchise
(Distinguished Expert)
12/22/19 06:07 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

The Living Legend does it once again! No One Else Even Comes Close

45MAN
(Pooh-Bah)
12/22/19 07:33 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

DOC: YOU DEFINITELY PUT IN THE TIME, AND EARNED YOUR SLAM, CONGRAGULATIONS.

sixshot
(old hand)
12/22/19 08:13 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Congratulations Doc, hunting hard always pays off, you always do your part & end up with great results, nice job buddy!

Dick


Okie Hunter
(old hand)
12/22/19 10:16 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Congrats.

500WE
(Pooh-Bah)
12/23/19 05:41 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Way to go, Larry! You're not just gettin' older, you're gettin' better!

jcp161
(member)
12/23/19 08:07 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Congratulations and a great story Doc!

You always get it done. Thanks for sharing it.


reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
12/23/19 08:13 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

very cool!

jamesfromjersey
(Shootist)
12/23/19 12:33 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Perfect Doc... is that the doe you mentioned??

wvhitman
(old hand)
12/23/19 06:30 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Yes, James. It's the one.

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
12/23/19 08:31 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

nicely done, Again!

cmnash
(old hand)
12/23/19 10:26 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Impressive indeed!

...but not surprising. I have been a follower and fan of the wvhitman for going on 25 years.


dhom
(addict)
12/24/19 07:00 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Your dedication is a great influence on us all. Thank you!

BRASF0311
(enthusiast)
12/24/19 08:31 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Way to go Doc, that's awesome!

Chance WeldonAdministrator
(Distinguished Expert)
12/24/19 12:12 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Great hunting, Doc!

RH Custom Guns
(journeyman)
12/31/19 09:51 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Wow! Just shows what can happen if you stick to it!

I'm wondering what my "Texas Slam" would be...


billa
(old hand)
12/31/19 10:10 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Doc. Another impressive set of handgun accomplishments. Congratulations. Well done.

SChunter
(Shooting Expert)
12/31/19 11:44 AM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Nice work Hitman!

racksmasher1
(veteran)
01/01/20 05:35 PM
Re: West Virginia Handgun Slam

Nice work Doc!