At nearly 10 pounds with a scope on top, the DS III is not a gun for deer drives. It's made to be hauled to a treestand and shot deliberately and accurately at deer. At $1,189 the DS III is not cheap,* to put it mildly. I keep telling the Ithaca folks to make a matte finished version with a black plastic stock. It wouldn't be good looking but it would be practical and could sell for less.