This trophy whitetail was taken by my best hunting partner ever: my daughter. She took this when she was 12 and it was the first year that I let her carry a rifle while we were hunting. This was her first big game animal ever and, although it was a doe, it was definitely a worthy trophy for both of us. My daughter is truly a remarkable person. She attends a school for the intellectually gifted where she is one of two girls who made the varsity track team, is on a travel soccer team, volunteers for community service (unlike her dad who was asked to do community service when he was a young teen by a man who wore black satin and carried a gavel!), and most always puts other people ahead of herself.

My daughter has accompanied me into the woods on our annual deer hunting trip since she was eight. She has helped me spot deer, especially when I may have dozed off for just a minute or two, track deer that I've shot, assisted in field dressing, and all the way through helping with the sausage making. Now she finally got to do it with her own harvest.

She has told me on several occasions that her dream hunt would be a hunting safari with dad in Africa and who am I to argue with my baby's dreams?!?!