This season has been a lot of work for my daughter Jordanne and myself.She has hunted and fished with me since she was 4 yrs. old.Last year was her first as a licensed hunter and she tried some pushes with me but we saw and didn't get a deer.This year she took the bow course and bought a bow from our friend Mike Scaniffe of Square-up Archery/Lightning bowstrings fame.He and I worked with her and by October she was ready.We hunted hard,many early mornings and evenings on stand on different properties we have permission for.We had a fork come in first time out, but it winded us.Another hunt in a ground blind we set up near the only field we can hunt we saw a nice buck.It wouldn't come in though and I hunted it half a dozen times since and saw it 4 more times.I tried every trick I know and he was not going for it.Jordanne and I hunted a double stand we set up to try to get him, or any deer but no good.Yesterday we had decided to give the ground blind another shot,it would be her15th hunt and last chance during rifle season.Her bow was having a drop down rest fixed by Mike so I took my bow and she had the Tikka T3 30-06.We got in at 2:00 pm and watched the squirrels for 2 hrs.She was obviously discouraged,I tried to give her hope.I was looking out the back window corner checking behind us when she says "DAD, a deer!","It's a buck!","It's THE buck!!".He was coming from the left from downwind but not in our scent.At 40 yds. it was 4:17 pm,he kept coming slowly.Now her gun is in the left corner window but there is some brush and a bad angle.I help her pull her gun out and put it out the front window as he is in front.She says she can't see him,then"I see half of the buck".It was the right half and she squeezed off the shot!He dropped in his tracks,the time was 4:19 pm,seriously.I can't tell you how emotional that moment was.She said her heart was jumping out of her chest and mine too.I told her that feeling is why we do this, she's addicted.Of course being 19 in this day and age she calls her boyfriend and others and sends text pics out.By now it might even be 4:21!We drag it out,she helps gut it,skin and bone it out,and we're back for dinner.By the way I didn't even think of picking up my bow,but I wish she had hers because she's pretty deadly at 15 yds!
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