Awesome first deer


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My first deer was a 70lb spike that I shot while hunting with my dad more than 30 years ago. I've told the story many times, about how I snapped on him the first time I pulled the trigger because I had failed to slide the safety off on my Marlin 336.

Now my son has his own first deer story. He and I have had some very close calls but had never sealed the deal until this morning. Hunting out of a blind, every deer we encountered this morning knew we were there. Every deer but one.

I spotted the buck slipping in and whispered for my son to slowly stand up and get on the crossbow. Once he spotted the deer, I told him to wait for a clear shot and take it. Calm as a cucumber, he drilled it at 20 yards.

I had never seen this deer. Really cool double main beam buck. Much larger than my first!



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Heck yeah! Congrats to him and good job on your part Dad.


Senior Member
Congrats and soak it up! My son shot his first last year and it sparked the fever. He will think about Dad and that deer all his life.