Saturday, November 7, 2015

Youth Deer Hunting and Maddie's 1st Deer

Every Fall scads if hunters hit the woods in the attempts to harvest the ever elusive white tail deer.  Hunters tell their stories and enjoy the fun that “Deer Camp” provides.  A few weeks before the mass exodus to the woods takes place, the best kind of hunting experience takes place in Missouri, the youth hunt.  It is a weekend that is set aside just for the youth.  This is a chance to spend some quality time, one on one, with your child.  It is a time to put down the iPads and other electronics and get into the woods.  If you get lucky, you might even bring a deer home.

I am fortunate for many blessings in my life.  I was blessed with a Father that started taking me into the woods when I was 8 years old and teaching me to hunt.  Later in life I found less and less time to hunt.  The basics things in life took the place of time in the woods.  If it wasn’t work, it was my pro wrestling schedule or it was other activities that prevented me from getting into woods to hunt.

In the summer of 2012, my Father suddenly passed away, ripping an unfillable hole in the very fabric of my life.  As the months passed and depression did not, I began to search for ways to make feel close to my Dad again, even though he was gone.  I decided to head back in to the woods.  I found this time in the tranquility of nature brought me an inner peace.  I also learned that all of my children wanted to learn how to hunt.  I  jumped at the chance.

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 The youth hunt of 2014 gave me the first chance to deer hunt with my two girls, Madison and Marli.  We had no success.  Maddie had a chance, but didn’t take the shot.  She was hard on herself because of it.  My son harvested his first deer during rifle season.  He was 22 and it was his first year hunting.  The ultra competitiveness of Madison made it even harder on her for not taking the shot.

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   Fast forward to the youth hunt 2015, she has had a year to think about her failure to bag a deer the year before.  She boldly stated she would  shoot a deer this year.  She went as far to say she wanted jerky and steaks made from the meat.  I told her she may want to focus on dropping a       deer first before she thinks about she is going to have it processed.

The first day of the youth hunt we could only hunt for 4 hours in the morning due to volleyball games that afternoon.  On the second day we were back in the woods by 5:30 in the morning.  I asked her how long she wanted to hunt that day.  She tells me that we are staying till dark.  She says, “I will sit here for three days if i have to.  I am not leaving till I shoot a deer."

In all total we racked up 11 and a half hours before anything happened.  At 5:00 pm the sun began to drop out of the sky.  we hadn’t seen anything.  But, then it changed quickly as it does while deer hunting.  I look out the back window of the blind and I see two deer running directly at us.  I let her know what is coming.  Madison spins around and begins to take aim.  The deer in front stops about 5 feet from the blind.  I’m telling her to take the shot.  She doesn’t.  The deer then takes a few steps back and now is standing about 10 feet away.  Boom! She pulls the trigger.

I can see her breathing rapidly.  I can see her shaking.  I ask her if it dropped.  She says no.  I tell her to keep watching it.  I see it run about 100 yards and stop.  We work the bolt action on her Remington .243 and wait.  The deer stands there for a couple minutes and then slowly walks away and out of sight.  There was no chance for another another shot.  I am thinking this was the 2nd deer and not the one she shot at.  I tell her we are going to wait for a few minutes and then we will look for a blood trail.  Time passes slowly until we emerge from the blind.  I start looking and there is not a single drop of blood. Anywhere. we keep looking and nothing.  I am starting to think she didn’t land her shot.  After several minutes and finding nothing, I break the bad news to her, she missed.

She is absolutely heart broken.  She begins to cry.  I explain to her buck fever and tell her that it happens all the time.  Maddie was having no part of my consoling her.  We began to discuss things that maybe could have been done better and how to improve before she takes her next shot.  She was listening, but I could tell the only thing on her mind was that she had missed.  After another 20 minutes she asks if we can go look for blood again.  I explained to her there was not enough daylight left to hunt and go look for blood.  She tells me the deer leaned to the side when she shot.  She says, “I know I hit it.”  I  tell her to take me to exactly where she saw the deer run.

We make our way down the hill about 100 yards.  We hear something big in the leaves.  I tell her to take the rifle in case it was another deer.  It was just light enough to take one more shot.  As she is coming back to me to get the rifle, she squeals, “there it is! It’s down!”  Brown on the ground. It took one more shot to finish off the deer.  Immediately following the final shot, she began to cry again.  I’m thinkingI just lost my hunting buddy.  The realization of “I just killed an animal.”  I ask her, “what’s wrong? Are you sad?”  Through the tears and a shaking voice she says, “No! I’m happy!”  She then runs up and hugs me.  Now I was fighting back the tears. There’s no crying in hunting.

While we stood there I could here the leaves rustling.  That’s because her legs were shaking.  She grabbed a leg and helped me drag the button buck up the hill and onto the trail.  She didn’t shy away from the field dressing either.

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Maddie is already talking about rifle season.  She can’t wait to get back into the woods.  She is hooked.  She loves deer hunting.  The moment of her first deer is something we will never forget.  Her little sister Marli is now saying she plans on hitting the woods with us for hunting season.  If you have kids and you are a hunter, take them with you.  You will never forget it.

Thank you Dad for taking me.  You sure would be proud.

 

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11 comments:

  1. You are truly blessed Dennis! Enjoy every minute yu can with those kids. They will be married and gone when next you turn around.

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