The years to come!
As archery season approached this year I was excited but also a bit nervous. This is the time of year I live for, and I now have an 11 month old son in the house. I knew my days in the woods would be shortened but I had to make the best of them. As the season approached my son and I ran trail cameras for the first time. I always had one in my back yard to see what was around the house but never out on the farm that I hunt. I would pull the cards every 2 weeks and always took him with me. At one point my mother in law asked me what all these green triangle briers were in her grandsons car seat. Oops, didn’t notice they were on him too! We went out a few evenings and put a few miles on looking for sign and trails. Wasn’t able to take him to hang stands with me and my wife was not happy that I hung the stands by myself.
I hunted opening day in the evening and didn’t see a deer. Again I knew my time would be limited in the woods, so I thought I would wait to hunt again until the rut began to hit, And spent those days in the woods away from my main man.
Well I had the opportunity to slip out Saturday evening into the stand. As I sat there not seeing anything I began to think I should be at home spending time with my son and not in the tree stand. I guess it was a guilty feeling.
After a few call sequences I began to hear some rustling that wasn’t Those pesty tree rats. Within minutes I see horns and he steps out into the field. I was already at full draw and knew the left side was decent and a legal buck. I let the arrow fly and knew it was a solid hit.
My friend and I ended up tracking the deer (following the blood river) to find the buck 60 yards away.
My father came and we drug it out and to home I went. My wife said she was going to keep up my son so we could get a picture together. I got home and he was already a sleep, so I hung the deer in a tree and waited till the morning to show my son his first deer.
The next morning after he woke up we went outside to get a picture. He immediately grabbed his horns and got a smile on his face. It made me think about the years ahead when we can go hunting as a family and watch him harvest his first deer.
I took the deer to my parents to skin him out and get him in the cooler, my wife sent me the picture of us. As I opened it I got tears in my eyes and just can’t wait to take him on his first hunt, hoping he enjoys the outdoors as much as I do.
My season was short, and now I gotta wait till rifle to get my wife back in the stand, she missed last year due to the birth of our child.
It’s not the biggest buck, but it sure is a special one for me.