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"Close Call" a mentored youth pictorial

My 10 yr. old son, Ty, has been hunting hard to kill his first deer. He has hunted 6 out of the 8 days so far and has been having some great action. Tonight was no exception. After school (and chores) we headed out for a pm hunt. By 5:00 Ty was settled into a ladder stand while I was perched in a hang-on a few feet higher in the same tree. A walk to the stand, with warm October temps deserves a drink.

We watched the squirrels as they scampered around our stand entertaining us as they fed.

Our wait was short, as within 20 mins of climbing our stand I spot deer movement in the thicket in front of us. I alerted Ty of the pending action and he stood to get a better look.

It was two doe fawns browsing their way towards our setup. They were still over 40 yards away as they nipped on green briars.

We have a small food plot between us and the bedding area and I was hopeful they would continue to work our way. They were in no hurry and had no clue we were anywhere near.

They slowly but surely inched our way. I was not sure if them taking their time getting to within shooting range was a good thing, or bad, for my mentored hunter. Ty seemed calm and continued to watch the oncoming deer intensely.

After what seemed like an eternity, the young deer finally made it to the edge of the food plot. I instructed Ty to come to full draw as now the lead doe was within 18 yards.

Just as he comes to full draw, the second deer comes into the picture. I quickly whisper to Ty to hold the shot.

The deer now were not wasting any time and turn to come straight for our stand. This is not exactly how I wanted it to go down for my 10 yr. old who was still at full draw.

They worked their way under (and behind) our tree, all the while Ty is holding his bow at full draw. As the deer were literally under us, Ty gives me a look that says "I can't hold it anymore." I whisper to him an "ok" he can let his bow down (knowing full well this could be the end to the close encounter, as surely the doe will hear something.) He successfully let down his draw without as much as an inkling from the young deer of our presence above. The deer emerge from the backside of our tree and once again I instruct my young hunter to come to full draw.

The deer is now about 8 yard from Ty and appears from my angle to be the perfect shot. I give him the ok and wait for the shot. The deer only stands for a few seconds and begins to walk. I let out a mouth "baaa" and the deer stops... right behind a sapling.

The doe pauses there a few seconds before turning and heading straight away leaving my hunter at full draw with no more target.

The evening ended without a kill, but we had a great hunt none the less. Shortly after the deer leaving our immediate area, Ty relived the events and the shot angles.

I firmly believe tonight was as important of training as any kill could have been. We were close to closing the deal, but it wasn't meant to be. I am proud of my son for not "rushing" a shot when things got intense. He is a fine young hunter! I congratulated him on the fine hunt, and of course a fist bump was in order...

******Have a good one!******
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AWESOME !!!! Just for him to get to draw on a deer is a successful hunt !!!!!! NEXT TIME TY !


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Nice Pics. Hopefully he can connect one of these nights.

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absolutley great post!!

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great story and hunt. cant wait till my sons are old enough to get out with the bow. tell Ty to keep his head up, he will get his chance. he seemed a lot more calm than i ever was at that age, heck even calmer than i am now haha.

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That's what I'm talking about!! Thanks for sharing that hff... you have much to be proud and thankful for. A fine young man right there.

Think of all he learned tonight. Patience, drawing on a deer, keeping still, watching the woods around him and going home equipped with new leasons ready to apply on the next hunt. No deer? No problem, especially the way you are 'training' him.

Where have you been? I had to work late... Oh these? Yeah, it was 'camo day' at work again .
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Best post of the season! Way to go!!!
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Very nice post! You sir a real fine mentor.

He handled that situation perfectly.

I wish you both the best of luck

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Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

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not only is that a good job by your son by being patient, but that is a good job as a dad making sure everything goes the proper way. Way to go
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