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Proud Dad – first deer

  • Michael C. Winther
    Participant
    Reedsburg, WI
    Posts: 1198
    #2158995

    My son Henry came along to deer camp in MN for the first time a year ago and did a good job being quiet and patient sitting with me in the stand. He carried his unloaded rifle to practice good habits, and we watched a lot of deer. I shot a smallish buck on the afternoon of our last day.

    He attended hunter safety this year, and passed his field test a few weeks ago. He’s 10 years old, so still mentor hunting, but I was okay with his safety habits and readiness; lots of excitement for this season where he’d get the chance to harvest a deer for the first time. Minnesota is great about this by providing even out-of-state kids a free license.

    And then opening weekend was the slowest I’ve seen since I started hunting MN in 2009. Didn’t see a deer on Saturday after that crystal clear calm moonlit night, then on Sunday we watched the wind blow two different trees down near us. That afternoon I went for a walk and found a couple deer hanging out in the low ground out of the wind.

    On Monday morning he sat with his Grandad in the stand above that low ground, and around 9am a spike cooperated and walked by the stand. After a reminder from Grandad to “take your time,” he lined it up and made a clean shot through the lungs. The only deer seen on stand in 3 days was the only one he needed – can’t wait for that first taste of summer sausage!

    Those once-in-a-life moments…

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    27eyeguy
    Participant
    Posts: 68
    #2158998

    Awesome!!! Good memories being made. Congrats on his 1st buck.

    MX1825
    Participant
    Posts: 1102
    #2159000

    Congrats! Wonderful write up and pictures. Smiles tell the story. waytogo

    blackbay
    Participant
    mn
    Posts: 640
    #2159002

    That’s awesome!

    B-man
    Participant
    Posts: 4174
    #2159005

    That is awesome Mike!

    Way to go Henry yay

    Jimmy Jones
    Participant
    Posts: 288
    #2159009

    Congrats Henry. Job well done!

    Carter Johnson
    Participant
    Anoka County
    Posts: 1063
    #2159022

    Thats awesome congrats!

    Netguy
    Participant
    Minnetonka
    Posts: 1335
    #2159028

    What a great story. The picture with Grandad is awesome.

    CaptainMusky
    Participant
    Posts: 9755
    #2159029

    Awesome job little man and proud dad for sure!

    AK Guy
    Participant
    Posts: 521
    #2159032

    A wonderful tradition continues.

    iowaboy1
    Participant
    Posts: 3200
    #2159040

    Awesome job guys!!

    Gitchi Gummi
    Participant
    Posts: 1204
    #2159047

    That is awesome! Nice work on a lifelong memory. Even better than grandpa was there, a memory they both will cherish.

    Pailofperch
    Participant
    Central Mn North of the smiley water tower
    Posts: 2167
    #2159048

    Great job little hunter dude!
    I hope this is the first of a great many harvested deer. waytogo

    pass0047
    Participant
    Pool4
    Posts: 338
    #2159051

    Congrats. Great job

    Dan
    Participant
    Southeast MN
    Posts: 2538
    #2159054

    Congrats to all of you!

    Joe Jarl
    Participant
    SW Wright County
    Posts: 846
    #2159073

    Congratulations! Making memories

    Gregg Gunter
    Participant
    Posts: 364
    #2159080

    This is why I love IDO! Good job Henry!

    deertracker
    Participant
    Posts: 8272
    #2159139

    Awesome! I’ll admit, I shed a few tears when each of my boys shot their first deer.
    DT

    mwal
    Participant
    Rosemount,MN
    Posts: 996
    #2159169

    Congrats! A great memory for him as he got It with Grand Pa. I remember the 1st deer kill for both my boys like it was yesterday. A great Hunt!

    Mwal

    TheFamousGrouse
    Participant
    St. Paul, MN
    Posts: 9529
    #2159240

    Awesome. He will remember this forever as, I’m sure, will you!

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