First Buck for Pennsylvania 13 Year Old

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It was the second day of Pennsylvania deer (rifle) season. It was a little windy that afternoon, but the wind was on our side. My grandfather and I were hunting the edge of a swamp. My little brother and my dad were posted about 1,500 yards NE of us. We were hoping that they would spook something to us. I had my trusty Marlin 32 special. It has taken deer. I used it to take my first deer, a doe, but that is another story for another time. Before long, my grandfather spotted a deer creeping out of the pines along the swamp. He was trotting pretty swiftly. My grandfather whispered, "It's a buck, Evan, take him when he stops, right behind the shoulder. Take your time." As soon as he stopped, I pulled the hammer of my rifle back, took aim, and squeezed off a fatal shot.

The buck took off, bad outta heck. We heard him go down, it was obvious he was dead by the blood trail. I chambered another round and we went after him. He was lying on the ground kicking a little, but I rested assure that he was dead, his body was just doing something every lung shot deer does. We went to the deer as I said, "Now the fun begins, Pap." We saw my dad and brother coming, they heard the shot, and they were about excited as I was when they saw it. It was a trophy spiker, the biggest one my Pappy has ever seen, and he has been hunting for over 40+ years! One of the nice things about deer hunting is that all the hard work and scouting in the off-season usually pays off, if done correctly. Now that deer season is over, my father and I are going ram hunting next February, I will be using my bow, I also love to bowhunt.


numbnutz's picture

great first buck, thanks for

great first buck, thanks for sharing

ManOfTheFall's picture

Nice first buck!!!!! And yes,

Nice first buck!!!!! And yes, bowhunting is the best!!!!!