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Old 11-30-2008, 10:05   #1
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My 7 year old got his first deer

I took my two oldest hunting this past week. The 9yo is an old salt with 4 deer to his credit but the 7yo hadn't scored a deer before. We had about given up for the morning and were getting ready to go get a little breakfast. I was off getting the truck and left the boys with Grandpa when I heard shots.

The story from my dad is that Grandpa and the boys had walked away from the blind and the kids had been making all kinds of racket. I could hear them laughing from 200 yards away. Grandpa had said "If you will be quiet we might still see a deer."

As if on queue a 2x2 mule deer buck walked out of the trees. 9yo had already taken a doe a couple of weeks ago so it was 7yo's turn. Grandpa was carrying the 7yo's rifle and said "Shoot him" and tried to hand the rifle to the big boy. The 7yo said "I left my ear protection in the blind and if I shoot him I'll be deaf for life."

Grandpa still had his ears on but by the time they transfered them to the 7yo the deer had walked into some more trees. Grandpa and the 7yo left the 9yo with instructions to stay put and cover his ears.

They were walking towards the deer with the 7yo in the lead and Grandpa following and carrying the rifle. They were looking for a place for the 7yo to rest his gun on when the deer looked towards them. 7yo never missed a beat - he just took a couple of steps to the side to put a tree in the line of sight from the deer and kept going with Grandpa following.

They got to a tree that had a low limb on it. 7yo said he could make the shot so Grandpa set the rifle on the rest and covered his ears. 7yo shot the deer. The first shot hit him a little high in the spine. The deer's back legs were paralyzed but he was trying to crawl off on his front legs. The big boy tried to shoot him again but between his excitement and the deer moving he missed so Grandpa walked up to the deer and finished him off with a .357 by shooting him in the neck.

We had left our rangefinders at home so we paced off the distance of his shot at 47 long steps. Call it 45-50 yards.

The rifle has a Colt Blue Label A2 carbine upper in 7.62x39 with a Trijicon Relfex 2 mounted on a carry handle scout mount. It has a Double Star lower with a Magpul CTR on it. I like the CTR because I can set the LOP for him and lock it in place so it doesn't rattle, and if I need (or want) to take a shot I can lengthen it and I'm ready to go. The strap on cheek rest is from Fulton Armory. The cheek rest is needed because of the mounting height on the A2 upper. I would have a flat top upper if I could but beggars can't be choosers. The ammo is Winchester 123gr. Power Point factory loads.

Now for the important stuff:

The boy and his deer.
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He looks like he's thinking about what a beautiful animal he's just put in the freezer. I think I always get a look like that for a few minutes.
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Now he has the smile back.
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Here he is with my dad.
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Here is a pic with me. I was handing him the rifle so we could get pics of him with it and my dad took this pic. I like it.
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I hope your hunting season is going as well as ours this year!!
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:49   #2
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Congrats on his first!! And hope there are many more to come!
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Old 11-30-2008, 17:55   #3
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Wow, the boys are cleaning up.... Good hunting and shooting guys !



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Old 12-07-2008, 22:58   #4
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Congrats. Their first deer are always the most memorable. I remember my sons first, he still talks about it. Taking the kids hunting seems to be a dying tradition. Hope you and your boys have continued success.
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Old 12-07-2008, 23:44   #5
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Man, you gotta love it! Memories that will last a lifetime, and a Grandpa to boot!
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:12   #6
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Your boys are way ahead of me - I'm 31 and shot my first one yesterday. Quite a rush. I think I'm hooked.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:10   #7
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Bitmap,

I've been meaning to ask you.

Who guts the deer?

With my boys, the deal is, I gut their first one and show them how to do it. After that they are on their own.

But my older son shot his first deer at 13, and the younger son is now 12 and just starting to take deer hunting seriously, hopefully he'll get his first one this season.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:59   #8
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Bitmap,

I've been meaning to ask you.

Who guts the deer?

With my boys, the deal is, I gut their first one and show them how to do it. After that they are on their own.

But my older son shot his first deer at 13, and the younger son is now 12 and just starting to take deer hunting seriously, hopefully he'll get his first one this season.
try he frog thing

When I did my 1st one I had my dad and uncle guide me, I was only 16th at that time with going solo on a gut/dress job and they coach me in saying it's just like the frog in science lab.

And guess what? it was very similar.
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Old 12-08-2008, 13:32   #9
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Only problem with that is that around here frog dissection in science class isn't until the end of 9th grade.

I'd hope they have their 1st deer well before that.

Actually oldest son is in 9th grade and has already had several female class mates want to be his lab partner when they get to dissection because they know he has gutted deer.
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cool just tell him a frog and deer are the same . One has fur the other doesn't
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Old 12-08-2008, 21:08   #11
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Bitmap,

I've been meaning to ask you.

Who guts the deer?

With my boys, the deal is, I gut their first one and show them how to do it. After that they are on their own.

But my older son shot his first deer at 13, and the younger son is now 12 and just starting to take deer hunting seriously, hopefully he'll get his first one this season.
So far I've gutted all of them. I'm not sure I'd want to turn a 7 year old or 9 old loose with a very sharp knife.

When it comes to cleaning turkeys they like to look at the insides and the 7yo will run around with the feet and he'll poke a stick through the heart and run around with it screaming like a wild man. For some reason they don't do the same thing with parts of the deer.

Their turn to gut a deer is coming, but I'm not sure when.
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So far I've gutted all of them. I'm not sure I'd want to turn a 7 year old or 9 old loose with a very sharp knife.

When it comes to cleaning turkeys they like to look at the insides and the 7yo will run around with the feet and he'll poke a stick through the heart and run around with it screaming like a wild man. For some reason they don't do the same thing with parts of the deer.

Their turn to gut a deer is coming, but I'm not sure when.
Having 4 kids myself I get a good chuckle out of that.

But I find a certain irony in you taking a 7 and 9 year old hunting, let them shoot rifles, but you don't trust them with a knife. I understand it, you can easily control the rifle while hunting with them and they are in more danger of cutting themselves with a knife while gutting the deer, but it still just seems ironic to me.
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Having 4 kids myself I get a good chuckle out of that.

But I find a certain irony in you taking a 7 and 9 year old hunting, let them shoot rifles, but you don't trust them with a knife. I understand it, you can easily control the rifle while hunting with them and they are in more danger of cutting themselves with a knife while gutting the deer, but it still just seems ironic to me.
I've thought the same thing about letting kids handle firearms but not knives. I came to the same conclusion about how much easier it is to make sure they keep the rifle pointed in a safe direction vs. how difficult it is to keep them safe when they have that knife up inside the deer. Lots of adults cut themselves when cleaning game.

I've got two more to take hunting in a few years. Four kids is a good number.
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