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Shayna's First Deer

Brian in Montana

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My 12 y/o daughter shot her first deer yesterday. It was a lot of fun to be there for that. We hiked up up into a canyon where my wife and I have shot a few mulies, nothing huge, mostly does and meat bucks. The wind was howling and the deer we saw were way up high. About an hour before sunset, as Shayna was getting cold and starting to lose interest, a handful of does and yearlings appeared from the trees and cooperated nicely. A big doe gave her about a 100yd shot.

She did great, breathed, waited for the other deer to clear, and squeezed. Immediately after the the shot she said, "I missed, I missed!". I watched the does bound up the ridge about 50 or so yards and she stopped and stumbled. I told Shayna, "I don't think you missed. Just chamber another round and get ready to shoot again.". At that point the adrenaline was overwhelming her - she said, "I'm shaking too bad!". About that time the doe wavered and fell over.

She hit her a little far back, and the deer was quartering to a little, so she took out one lung, the liver, and nicked the stomach which always makes a mess, but the shot was completely effective. It was fun to see my little girl do that and watch her go through the swirling hurricane of emotions that comes with taking your first big game animal. She did great and it was a proud moment for her. Today we're going to have fresh tenderloin and heart.
 

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Happy Myles

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Brian, I am so happy for you. My daughter had no interest in hunting. My son hunted deer, pronghorn, and elk with me when he was younger. However, recent years his occupation does not give him time to plan ahead and his interest has wained. He did go on a couple African safaris with me which meant a lot to me. All the best and kindest regards.
 

morley.tyler

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Atta girl! Very happy for you both. The model 600 is such a great little rifle, perfect choice for a kid.
This is some pretty good Dad-ing.
 

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