Patience and Ethics - Tools in any hunter's arsenal
I believe patience and ethics are key tools in any hunter's arsenal, as my 10 year old son, Roger, is learning through trial and error. The last afternoon of the 2005 late youth rifle deer hunt here in Kentucky taught my son a valuable lesson.
It was getting late and shooting light was quickly fading as I noticed movement across the cut corn field we were watching. I told him that there was something coming our way, and started glassing. To my surprise, it was a monster of a buck, with a tall, wide, almost pure white rack that seemed to glow in the sunset, and quite possibly the deer that had fooled many hunters in those bottoms for several years. My son knew by my expression of "whooo" that this was a good deer, and would be an awesome beginning to his lifetime of deer hunting. The deer seemed to be on a bee-line for the woods directly across the field from us. The field was slightly too large for my son to take a shot with his .30-.30, so we just watched as the massive buck entered the woods.
It was now too dark and shooting hours had passed, but we stayed in our setup a little while longer, just soaking it all in and talking about what had happened. Roger said he wished that "dude" would come out of the woods...and it did...directly across the field from us, in the same spot he went in. By now the field was lit up by moonlight and we could see clearly across it. The brute of a deer was heading directly across the field as if he was coming to us. My son couldn't believe it. The deer came within 50 yards of us and stopped looking right at us, as if he knew he was safe. He stood there for what seemed like 10 minutes, teaching my son what happens with a little patience. Roger never asked to shoot the deer, even though he has yet to harvest his first. I have tried to teach him to be patient and ethical. I am proud of my son.
The deer survived the winter, as I have seen him since, and Roger has targeted him for this year. Maybe they will meet up again.
Submitted by Eric McIntosh
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