I'll be glad to add, since I was the father and my 9 year old was the son!
We had a fantastic time, and thanks rroae for your incredible generosity and warm welcome!
It was a bit of a haul for us - 1.5 hours - but I love the opportunity to create great outdoor experiences for my two boys. The other is 16 and is away for the weekend, so he didn't get to make this trip with us. Like a lot of folks with kids, Saturdays can be busy, but after our obligations were over for the day, we hit the road and pulled in a bit after 3 and got a quick tour of the place, before setting into one of the stands we were given an opportunity to choose from.
Hunting with a 9 year old with a crossbow is a pretty challenging deal physically and keeping his interest up. It's been a long season for him. He shot a big old nanny doe on the first day, and since then, our deer sightings have been dwindling on the small property we hunt on the most, near home. Wasn't even sure he'd want to get back out for archery after our last 3 hunts not even seeing any deer, but some trail cam pics from rroae surely peaked his interest and desire. The first hour was very uneventful.
We got caught with our pants down when a spike walked within his 25 yard limit, and just couldn't get him a clean shot. I re-positioned him for a shot where the spike appeared, in case others were following, and sure enough some does and skippers came down the same trail. We were watching them, and trying not to move, when a 4 point came out to our left, where he had been set up. Missed that opportunity as well. Watched a big boy from a distance, and watched him walk away after a 5 or 10 minute stand still. He never even got close enough to begin to think about a shot, but my kid had his eyeballs glued on that buck like crazy! Biggest one he's ever seen in the woods while hunting in his two seasons so far.
From about 4:50 till it got dark, we were pretty much covered up in deer.
When we got home, he talked his mama's ear off, giving her the play by play of each deer and each group of deer we saw, and why he didn't get a shot. He talked about how great it was, and the "what if's" pretty much the whole way home.
Even though he didn't get a shot, it was awesome to see him have so much fun and excitement on a hunt again, and to know that he got a pounding heart and heavy breathing again for the first time in about 3 weeks.
Can't thank rroae enough for a great evening!
Last edited by DRod; 11-09-2019 at 10:30 PM.