Well on a whim I decided to head out to the tree stand after work and as soon as Jonah got home. We would only have an hour before sunset and then maybe 15 minutes after that where you can actually see something to shoot. I had talked with a buddy of mine and he suggested a different tree stand. I liked the idea for just something different and more chance to see hogs. I did allot of soft grunting almost every 5 to 10 minutes. I could hear to my left something moving around but it's so thick in there. Then I heard some leaves crunching I look out in front to the right nothing but then heard again and directly at 3 o'clock was a deer feeding behind thick cover. Told Jonah there was a deer. He spotted it.
I told him I was going to grunt again to see if I can get to step out. Sure enough it turned and started walking our way from about 30 yards away. That's when I said the words a Father or Mother should never whisper in a Son's ear. "Jonah it's a BUCK." Walking directly at us with no shot. Jonah actually stood up to get a better position to shoot. In my head I was screaming what are you doing its gonna bust us you moving all around.... I didn't say anything. I kept my cool and at the same time was in panic mode. Deer started to turn but was still in thick cover. I looked over Jonah's shoulder and could see he moved his finger to the trigger. I told him "Do Not Take that shot son."
He just nodded took his finger off trigger and then I knew he had his game face on to wait for a good shot. In all that I did another bad mistake. I didn't check his scope setting. I'll come back to that. The deer finally is in a slight opening and stopped. It was now or never I thought at 10 yards in the one spot there was thick brush. Classic Buck just stops still concealed. I lean in and start to whisper, "Jonah do you have him." He says, "Yes but I can't see him." I ask again. "Yes dad I'm on him, but I can't see him." I tell him "son you have to take that shot, see the hole, (in the trees) Behind shoulder." KAaaaBoom
Deer now steps out in the open. "Did you hit him?" "Get another bullet reload." Jonah fumbling and shaking with excitement, Dad fumbling trying to help. So I pull up my 30/30 and I'm getting ready to drop this deer. Then it starts the Wobble.... Oh man... ARE YOU KIDDING JUST LIKE TV... Wobble wobble ker thunk right there. "JONAH SON YOU DID IT!" "WAAHOOOOOOOOO YEAH" he says. We're all high fiving. He says "Dad I got to sit down my legs are giving out." He totally was rushed with adrenaline. Awesome awesome awesome 1 hr hunt. Daddy getting it done with his son 1st buck.
Back to the scope. After about 5 to 10 minutes of celebration I ask. "Why did you say you have him but can't see him?" "Dad I had him in the cross hairs I just couldn't figure out where I had him." The scope was on 6 power at 10 yards. Oh well. He still got him all on his own. 10 yards, 10 years old in 2010. 243 Rossi Youth gun single shot. Stink oh man did that buck stink with rut for a young deer.
I love the outdoors. Take a child to the woods hunting and find out what life is all about. You did it son I'm very proud to be your father, in Jesus' name we pray amen.