Sam proves himself, part II and III

RobG

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It's been quite a year for Sam. First, he had a great antelope hunt and bagged the first buck antelope in our family, and more importantly beat his big sister at something.

I wrote about it here: http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/showthread.php?t=265578

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Then he bagged a whitetail doe during the youth hunt. He had a little trouble pulling the trigger on this one. Too much time to think about it, too much time to notice the deer was just eating and not hurting anyone. I talked him through it telling him not to shoot if he didn't want to. He looked at me and asked if he should shoot and I told him yes. So he did and it dropped in its tracks.

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As we were pulling it out he asked me how many animals Katie had got. I told him just one, and he smiled a bit and then walked silently thinking to himself and doing a little pulling of his own.

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He shot a mule deer buck last week but it jumped the fence onto private property and kept running. We don't think it was hit too bad. I wanted him to get it really bad and maybe pushed him into a shot he wasn't comfortable with. I called the owner of the land but he didn't return my call until the evening of the next day. By then it was too late so he was pretty bummed, but mom had a long talk with him that helped.


This morning's elk hunt started like most hunts. He got up about 20 minutes too late and spend 90 minutes getting breakfast and then getting dressed. We were already 45 minutes late heading out the door, but luckily we were only 15 minutes down the road when I noticed he forgot his hat and gloves. Turns out they were on the doorstep next to his hunter's orange.

So we got to the trailhead pretty late. One guy was already dragging out a nice mule deer. I figured we might be able to find a bedded elk, but the snow was pretty crunchy so I wasn't too confident we could pull it off... maybe we'd get another chance at a mule deer.

Anyway, we walked up the trail 20 minutes and I spotted an elk 70 yards away. It was looking away from us and had no clue we were there. We were in a dip and Sam would have had to do an offhand shot which wasn't an option. So we got on our hands and knees and got to the top of a knoll... The elk was only 45 yards away, and started getting nervous. It turned to the left and started walking away so Sam shot it through the lungs with grandpa's .270. It took two steps, staggered, and then collapsed.

He didn't even need to ask about Katie this time...

On the way out I told him I was proud, not because he got an elk, but because he stuck it out during the too-early mornings and the very cold weather.


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Big Fin

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Proud, you should be. Congrats to Sam. Great to see him having such a bountiful season. Good on you for getting your kids out in this way.
 

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Perfect elk hunt. And bragging rights with his sister. My son killed his first elk this year. His sister has 4 more days. Congrats for sure. mtmuley
 

Danvet

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Way to go Sam!! There's a lot of us "old farts" who would love to have the season you have had so far!!
 

JMG

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Nicely done. It's always good to see those "young" hunters outside enjoy time in the field and with family.
 

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Way to go Sam you are ahead of me already, I just got my first antelope this year at age 37 and havent killed an elk and nothing like you have all in one year.
 

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Great season and congrats. Congrats on not sweating the small stuff and going with the flow. I'm glad to hear he thinks about what he is doing. Looks like a very good start on several levels
HD
 

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Congrats guys! It looks like you had a lot of fun this season. Its great to see a new generation of responsible sportsmen/women learning what it means to be a hunter-conservationist.
 

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Congratulations to Sam on his antelope-deer-elk trifecta! Now that I think about it, he's got me beat, I've never pulled off the trifecta in one year.
 
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