31 October 2009
Missouri 2009 Youth Deer Season - Caleb Gets His Deer
Posted by Darrell under: Whitetail Deer .
Today was the first day of the two day Youth Only Missouri firearms deer season. Caleb, 14, had been looking forward to today for months.
We started the morning in a double deer stand in an area where I have been seeing a nice 8 point buck. The buck came by at a little over 100 yards. Caleb got set, took his time, got his breathing down and squeezed the trigger. He didn’t get the buck and was devestated.
My brother in law came by later in the day to site in his rifle. Caleb and I decided it might be a good idea for him to shoot a few times, too. Well, imagine my disgust, when I found out that Caleb’s rifle was shooting about 10 inches right and over 10 inches low at 100 yards. I’ve had this particular 30/06 for about 6 years and, until today, I’ve never had to make an adjustment to the scope. So, while I’ve been shooting my other rifles over the past few weeks, I haven’t shot the one Caleb was using today. I learned a valuable lesson: ALWAYS SHOOT YOUR RIFLE PRIOR TO SEASON - NO MATTER HOW CONFIDENT YOU ARE IN IT AND NO MATTER HOW MANY YEARS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUE.
Caleb missed a nice buck because of my stupidity!
Ok, moving on. In the afternoon we decided to hunt a double stand where I planted about an acre of milo. Unfortunately, went we got to the stand we found a neighbor cutting firewood about 200 yards away. We decided to try somewhere else. Since I really wanted to get to a stand quick, we decided to try a single stand on the edge of a field. We made it to the stand at around 5pm. I climbed up first and found a nice (not so comfortable) limb to sit on. Caleb made himself comfortable in the stand.
About 15 minutes later a deer came out at the edge of the woods close to 100 yards away. We spent another 5 minutes or so glassing the deer. It had a squared nose like a buck, but no antlers or buttons for that matter, were visible. Caleb had decided that he would shoot a doe if he had the opportunity. I gave him the go ahead and he took his shot. He shot freehand without any rest. It was almost 100 yards. The deer dropped immediately. It never even kicked again. The shot was PERFECT.
Caleb was dissapointed to find that the deer was a button buck. However, the deer had some issues and needed to be harvested. It had no teeth. Seriously. It was a good size deer without any upper teeth and only 3 bottom teeth. I assured Caleb that it would have died this Winter anyway. And this way, he still has a buck tag to use during regular firearms season!