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Well, this past weekend was officially my son's first ever hunting trip. I worked with him last year on shooting and purchased him a .243. He went with me a few times turkey and small game and has been asking for quite some time to go deer hunting. Well, after some practice and teaching over the past few years he was finally mature enough to go on his first weekend hunting trip to camp. I must say, he surprised me like I never thought he would. He didn't harvest a deer but he hunted harder and was more dedicated than 90% of the guys that hunt out of our camp. Friday morning found us in 17 degree weather sitting on a hillside in Huntingdon county. My dad sat with him that morning until 11:30. Not once did he complain or ask to leave. We got back to camp for lunch and I needed a break while my dad was heading out to the gamelands. My son immediately said, "you're not going without me" and by 12:30 they were on their way back out while I took a short nap. Around 2:30 I start getting dressed for the evening hunt as they pull back in the driveway. He steps out of the truck and I giggle as I know for certain he's gonna be beat. He looks at me and asks where I'm headed so I tell him I'm going down over the hill to sit until dark. To my surprise he asks if he can come along too! We jump a deer walking in and that was the first deer he saw the entire day as well as the last. That kid was in the woods from 6:30 am until 5 pm and only took one hour off the entire day. The best part was, after it was all over I looked at him and said "so what did you think of your first day hunting". I expected him to be a little bummed and tired since he put in a ton of time in below freezing temps without taking a shot but instead he looked at me and smiled and said "it was awesome"!!! At that moment right there I couldn't have been prouder. So I guess this isn't a harvest success but a success none the less in a youngster being happy just to be able to go hunting.
 

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That is aweome.Kids can surprise you and they don'thave to see piles of deer to have a good time.You've obviously instilled an appreciation for just being out there and that's the most important thing.His time will come and when he ties his tag on his first deer,it will mean much more to the both of you knowing what all went into it.Best of luck.
 
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