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NJ youth hunting days

NJ has a youth turkey, waterfowl, upland and deer hunt day. My daughter was able to participate in each one of them. The way it's set up here is the state allows the youth hunter to get out usually the week before everyone else to give them a better chance at harvesting game.
On the turkey hunt during the spring she was looking down the barrel at a tom 40yds out and wanted to shoot but I told her to pass on it because I wasn't sure of the shot pattern at that range.....she was breathing hard and the adrenaline was pumping Big smile Close but no get-um-turkey!
The next hunt was the waterfowl and the ducks were working good. She got off 4 shots and harvested her first duck. She was singing all the way home "I got a duck, I got a duck" Thumbs up
The next hunt was the pheasant hunt. We went to the division of fish and wildlife "mentored youth pheasant hunt" where they had stocked birds and dog handlers (mentors) to guide the kids on the hunt. It was like nothing I had ever experienced since I have never hunted pheasant behind dogs before. By the time my daughters turn came up to go out, there were so many birds in the field it was unreal. We saw at least 10 birds either running or flushed (no shots at birds on the ground) and she was able to take 5 or 6 shots at flying birds but was unable to conect......She had a blast and so did her dad! She can't wait to do it again next year.
Last was the deer hunt. It was today. We hunted in the morning but she froze her butt off and we came in after about 2 1/2 hours (22 degrees this morning but it was 70, 2 days ago!) We checked my trap line together (Caught another red fox) and then we hunted deer again in the afternoon. I asked my father if he could push a deer drive because it seemed the deer were just holding tight. It took him about an hour to push all the woods I asked him to push and several deer came through. The first was a small deer and she tried to get a shot but by the time it got into an opening it was skylined and I told her she couldn't shoot. 10 minutes later we saw 3 more deer in the brush and they stoped about 40 yds out and looked real nervous. I told her to point the gun at them, wait and take the shot as soon as one gets in the open because they look nervous and when they move, they will run....so be ready. Well they broke loose and there was about 6 or 7 of them. I pointed at one and said theres a (no sooner than the word buck came out).....BANG! it droped like a stone. I was amazed. A running shot through the thick woods on her first deer hunt ever. Her dad could not be more proud than he is right now. I will post picks of all the hunts when I get the deer hunt picks back in a few days.
I think NJ does an outstanding job in the midst of the worst of the anti-hunting crowd in the nation. This was her first year and I believe that now she is hooked on hunting. Not only do they provide all these oportunities for the youth hunters. It's all free. Licenses, stamps, extra days in the field (on weekends) and the birds and mentors too. I have always thought they were the best (I'm a little biased since I grew up here) but in the recent years they have really gone the extra mile to recrute young hunters and at least with my daughter it is paying off.

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some pics of the pheasant hunt

here's one

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duck hunt

duck hunt

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sorry my pics are messed up!

best I could do Brick Wall,)

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NJ youth hunting days

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Very nice!

Viewing the photos that are sideways or upside down wasn't too bad while standing on my head. lol

If you wish to fix them, just delete what you have uploaded (the incorrect ones), then edit in a program like PhotoShop or other photo editor. Turn them and crop them, and then upload again.

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here's her buck

after the shot

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this is when Pop got there

Court & Pop

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