My sons FIRST buck!! - The Outdoor Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
Regular Visitor
Tim fries's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Oley, PA
Posts: 91
Back To Top
We hunted the first three days of the season up at our place in Sullivan, we saw a bunch of deer opening day, mostly doe, with 2 smaller buck mixed in that he couldn’t quite identify and get a clean shot off quick enough, so we ended up heading home empty handed. We hunted an afternoon here in Berks during the first week and didn’t see anything moving here, so we decided to make plans to go to my dads cabin in Pike. He purchased the cabin early last year and we have been passively archery hunting out of it since then, but nobody has killed anything out of it. Anyway, we decided to try out a spot that was closer to the cabin due to the cold weather forecast, I figured we could retreat back to the cabin for lunch to warm up if he needed it.
The morning started out slow, we saw 3 doe moving distantly thru laurel, but that was about it. He was starting to get restless around 2pm, so I suggested we climb down and still hunt for an hour or so before we came back to the stand to sit till quitting time. As I stood up, I surveyed the area slowly, and some motion caught my eye about 150yards out. I quickly told him to sit back down and get ready. Sure enough, 2 doe and a small buck came thru. The 2nd doe gave him the cleanest shot at about 65yards and he decided to take it over hoping for a better shot at the small buck. He hit the doe in the lungs, and she went about 45yards and crumpled over. 1st deer ever, down!! He was ecstatic!!
We tagged and dressed her, as I was tying the drag rope to her, he excitedly whispers “dad, there’s a buck coming towards us!!” We froze, both of us were crouched down and there just happed to be a blow down next to us, concealing us from the bucks path. At 50yards, the buck came to a cleaning and I whistled to try to get him to stop, but he kept moving. Realizing his window of opportunity was closing, he took a shot and hit him in the base of the neck, in front of the front shoulder. The buck instantly dropped to the ground as if it were bedding, and laid there looking around, only giving him visibility of the top half of his neck and head which were constantly moving. I told him to keep the gun on him and when he stands up, to take his time and place the shot perfectly. After what seemed like an eternity, he stood up and the boy squeezed the trigger and put him back down for good!! He was out of his mind!! He kept saying “can you believe that just happened??!!!”
We called his grandfather on the radio to come over and take a look. It was so exciting to hear my son re-tell the story to my dad, the man who was by my side when I shot my first deer.
The other sweet part to this story is that my son was using his great, great grandfathers 1943, 30-30, the same gun that every man in our family has used to kill his first buck. I love the traditions of PA deer season, and I’m happy to report that they our being carried on in our family!
Attached Images
File Type: png ACA749BE-EB86-4476-BE83-55F770AF494A_1575872915658.png (1.80 MB, 161 views)
File Type: jpg 77CFAB45-20B7-4B4D-A876-C3DC168CF569_1575872982137.jpg (1.23 MB, 142 views)
File Type: jpg 662DD8B7-E9C8-458E-9C54-FAE5A2AA9289_1575873653007.jpg (1.40 MB, 141 views)

Last edited by Tim fries; 12-09-2019 at 08:54 AM.
Tim fries is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 07:20 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
Retiredusne8's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Indiana County,PA.
Posts: 3,336
Back To Top
Outstanding season, great deer , and great story.

Life Member NAHC

Garrett AT PRO

USN 1964-1985

Prostate Cancer Survivor
Retiredusne8 is online now  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 08:29 AM
Regular Member
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: North Versailles,2B Camp 1A
Posts: 2,057
Back To Top
Congrats to that young hunter and his proud Dad and Pap. Great story and pic`s, that smile says it all....

If you don`t stand behind our Troops,
Please feel free to stand in front of them....
SlickShot is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 08:48 AM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: ND/Bucks County
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top
Outstanding, congrats to all!

USAF 1980-2010
VFW Life Member
NRA Life Member
American Legion Life Member
USAFRET is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 09:13 AM
Frequent Contributor
.257's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: 2A/2H-2G
Posts: 974
Back To Top
.257 is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 09:41 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Pa. Lehigh
Posts: 2,622
Back To Top
I love to see the pictures and read the stories of these young hunters adventures. Congrats!

Good luck, Tony
Tony300wby is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 09:43 AM
The Man
loridr's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pa, Dauphin co
Posts: 7,480
Back To Top
What a hunt! Congrats young man! That's a REALLY nice buck!
loridr is online now  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 09:43 AM
Loggy's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: York Co.(Hunt Sullivan Co)
Posts: 22,490
Back To Top
CONGRATS!! Great story especially with great grandfathers ole gun being used!!

Where is Sully were you hunting first 3 days?
limbhnger10 likes this.

NRA Life Member
PFSC Life Member
CBF Member
Loggy is online now  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 09:46 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: conestoga,pa/Mills,Pa
Posts: 2,803
Back To Top
congrats to your son on two fine deer and great story
NorthernPotterCo is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 09:58 AM
Regular Member
Johnnyb1815's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 1,155
Back To Top
Congratulations to both of you! What an awesome day for your son, I’m sure for you and your dad as well. I absolutely love the tradition of using “grandpas” gun for your first buck. Thank you Tim for teaching your son to hunt and keeping the traditions alive.
Johnnyb1815 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome