When Mississippi's whitetail season opens, it is centered around the youth having first crack at the deer in the field. It gives the youth a time to be out in the field, less hunters, a little safer, but they also get first rights at bragging too.
For cousins Carmen Dedeaux (9) and Jordan Haley (14) a competition has been started. Carmen went hunting with her big brother, Chad. Chad and Carmen were in a tree stand, and Chad was assisting Carmen. They saw a buck come into the field, and waited. Chad helped Carmen aim, and she shot. The buck took off. After searching for awhile they called their father Chuck, who brought along the family dog, Pepper. With their help the group found the buck, and were able to take him home.
“Pepper tracked the deer and found it about 50 yards from where I shot it. We then took it home to show my mom. My whole family was so proud of me.” Carmen said.
Same day near Canton, Jordan was out hunting. He harvested a 9 point buck with his 243 rifle. Carmen's was a 10 point. This has now provoked a friendly family competition for next year. From SunHerald.com.