Deer Hunting Success

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It was December 1st, 1988. Deer gun season had arrived. I was looking forward to the season with anticipation. This would be my 10th year of hunting and I had not shot a deer yet. I have shot at a few here and there but in some years I didn't even see any. This year was going to be different I just had that feeling.

On the first day there was a couple inches of snow on the ground and I was going to sit on the edge of a field. I got to my spot early and I was waiting for first light. Suddenly up above me on the ridge I heard alot of commotion. I turned around and saw about 14 or 15 deer running past me to the right. There was no way I could get a shot off though. I just sat on the field edge hoping those deer may turn and come down into the field for a morning snack. Well, about a half hour went by and I heard another ruckus above me on the ridge again. I turned and looked again and I believe what was that same herd was running back the other way. I began to question myself. Thinking, should I go sit up on the ridge? I decided to stay put. Then, it happened a third time. I wasn't wasting anymore time. I was going to move up on the ridge.

Each time I saw these deer running back and forth I heard gun shots coming from the opposite direction they were running. I figured if this was going on I would place myself between these two areas and hope fully to get a crack at one of them when they came back by.

I was now sitting in my new spot. I was up against an old dead tree sitting there on the ground. Figured, I was sitting there about an hour and nothing. It was now about 8am and I heard someone walking towards me. Just in case it was a deer I slowly looked to see who or what it was. To my surprise it wasn't a person, it was a nice size doe walking straight at me. She was about twenty yards and closing fast. Now I had a dilemma. I really couldn't move because I didn't want to spook her. But I had to do something or i would miss my opportunity. She was now at 10 yards and still walking towards me. There was one thing I decided I could do. I would let out a hey, jump up, whirl arond and shoot from the hip. I know this sounds crazy but at the time it seemed like my only option. The time had come. I made my move and yelled out hey. She looked startled and froze and I shot from the hip. Luckily I hit her right in the neck. She dropped right on the spot. I couldn't believe it I had just shot my first deer at 5 feet away from me. I think she was just as shocked as I was. I had heard all the stories about tasting the blood from the first deer you shoot. So as crazy as it sounds as I was gutting her, I took a lick of her blood off of my thumb. I really don't know if it did anything for me or not.

After I got done gutting her which took me about an hour and a half, I dragged her down the hill to the house. I got back and celebrated my first kill with my wife and two sons. My daughter wasn't born yet. My youngest son was very excited even though he was only 6 months old. He did not want to stop touching the deer. Today he is a deer hunting machine. Just like his dad. I'm sorry I don't have a pic of the doe but I don't have a scanner and couldn't get her on my computer. So I took a pic of my lamp I had made out of her feet. I guess it's the next best thing. By the way, I gut most of my deer in under 10 minutes now LOL.    


Tndeerhunter's picture

is there anything better....

Is there anything better than reading the story of someone's first harvest? I truly enjoyed your reenactment of the tale. I can only imagine the "doe fever" that was raging as that deer walked in so close before you fired. very cool story!


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Ha!  I missed this the first

Ha!  I missed this the first time.  Great looking lamp!

ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the comments.

Thanks for the comments.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Nice story...thanks!

Nice story...thanks!

numbnutz's picture

thats awesome, thanks for

thats awesome, thanks for sharing

ManOfTheFall's picture

There are some many things

There are some many things you can do with the feet it is amazing.

Critter done's picture

Great story

I love the lamp.