So my son shot his first buck on the ML hunt this year. He had a ML tag last year but we got rained out bad and couldn't hunt. It was like the rainforest up there. Went out a couple times this year. He missed a few shots which I take responsibility for as my rifle is very long and heavy. So we switched him up to my friends 50cal inline. He shot it at 55 yards. I didn't think he hit him as he didn't act hit at all. It was a good lesson in following shots because after about 10 minutes of looking I found about three small specks of blood on a sagebrush. I informed my son that he hit him and he was so excited! I also informed him that this little of blood was likely not a good hit but you never know. So we hunkered down for about 20 minutes and proceeded to track. About 40-50 yards some better blood and it got increasingly better until we started seeing good piles. It was amazing how far this deer actually went before we found him. He was shot in the neck and only had half a neck at that. Nature is tough. My boy made a standing 55 yard shot. So proud of him. A lot of good lessons and opportunity to learn that day and overall success. Have successfully secured the support of another outdoorsman and hunter for years to come. Seriously so much fun to take kids hunting. By far my favorite thing to do. Big thanks to my friends for their help and no thanks to my extended family who couldn't be bothered with it.
Last pics are of him when he was 7 on a ML hunt with me.
Thanks guys. He is super proud and excited. We cut him up and made some sausage. (both a first for me) and you can tell he digs the whole experience and likes the feeling of contributing to the family.
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