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Old 10-11-2017, 09:15 AM   #1
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My oldest son, Cooper, is 5 now and I decided it was now time to give it a go on a "real" hunt with me. I mean no books, no DVD player and attempt a full length hunt.

Last Sunday morning I woke him up at 5:15 am and asked him if he wanted to go hunting. He's not normally a morning person, but he jumped up and was wide awake. He was dressed and waiting in the kitchen by the time I got ready. This was also his first ever morning hunt.

We made the trek to the blind, me carrying a backpack, bow and him. The grass is a little too tall for him to walk through in the dark. We settled in at 6:15 am, 45 minutes before daylight. I was planning on doing everything just the way I would without him. There would be no box blind or pop-up to conceal the noise or movement. We were about 12' high up in a oak tree platform and not hunting a feeder. He was excited sitting there in the dark, because I told him that was my favorite time of the morning.

The sun started to come up and the critters started moving. I was teaching him what the different sounds we were hearing and that he needed to be still, move slow, and whisper very quietly. We didn't see anything until about 7:30, but he never complained. Our first sighting was about 25 cows. I think he enjoyed that more than me.

Finally at about 8:15 the first and only deer made an appearance. A nice 3.5 year old 8pt skirted by us. Luckily the buck came out right where Cooper could see him. He was so excited, he began to giggle. I gave him the shhh sign and he could barely contain it, but he did. The buck was walking away and I grunted him right back to our tree where he walked right under us. He ended up eating under the tree for about 10 minutes. I quietly explained to Cooper that he was a 3 year old and too young to shoot. He understood and we watched the buck move off.

We ended up sitting until 9:30 am and Cooper never asked to get down or go "potty". I asked him if he was ready to go because I had to go "potty". He said, "Ok Dad. Maybe next time we'll see a 4 year old."

On the walk back to the truck, he was dragging his feet on the gravel road. I showed him how to pick up his feet, ease the heel down and then the toe. He finished the second half of the walk using his new technique.

When we got home, Cooper told Mom all about the hunt. "Mom we saw 840 cows and a big 8pt buck, but Daddy didn't shoot him cause he was only 3."

I'm so proud of him for doing so well. He learned a lot and was able to tell me everything he learned. It was my favorite hunt of the season despite seeing the least amount of deer. I think he is hooked and I'm sure my solo hunting days are quite numbered and I'm not at all disappointed about that. I can't wait for our next hunt!

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Old 10-11-2017, 09:24 AM   #2
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man thats great
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:35 AM   #3
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Good memories.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:39 AM   #4
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awesome !! I like that set up. have anymore pics of that?
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:41 AM   #5
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That's awesome! Enjoy it because it goes by FAST.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:46 AM   #6
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That's awesome!
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:48 AM   #7
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Supercool!
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:51 AM   #8
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Awesome!
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:02 AM   #9
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That is great
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:07 AM   #10
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That is greatness!!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:09 AM   #11
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Good stuff
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:12 AM   #12
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Awesome job dad.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:14 AM   #13
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Well done, dad!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:21 AM   #14
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sound slike a good time I cant wait to bring my boys
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:24 AM   #15
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That is awesome Jeff!! Can't believe that boy is that big already!! He shore looks like his daddy!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:26 AM   #16
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Really cool and sounds like he's already better on stand than I am some days lol
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:29 AM   #17
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Good write up. Sound like he did great for his first time out. Seems like I see 840 cows when I go out too!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:36 AM   #18
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Way to go, Dad. Good read. Hopefully you "see a 4 year old" next time Lol
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:06 PM   #19
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Awesome time, I used to hunt alone until I took my 6 year old at the age of 4. Wife asked me why I didn't take her more often, I told her I didn't have a stand for the both of us. what do you know for X-mas I got 2-man quad pods from Santa.

Good Times for sure!
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:43 PM   #20
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awesome !! I like that set up. have anymore pics of that?
It's a 4'x4' metal platform with a wood deck built on top. I used 2 boat seats with the 10" pedestal on top. I have 2 of these and love how well they hunt. I'll get some pictures and post them soon.
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:34 PM   #21
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It's a 4'x4' metal platform with a wood deck built on top. I used 2 boat seats with the 10" pedestal on top. I have 2 of these and love how well they hunt. I'll get some pictures and post them soon.





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Old 10-11-2017, 02:52 PM   #22
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Good stuff Jeff!!!
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:03 PM   #23
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That is awesome
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:06 PM   #24
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That my friend is what it is all about.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:11 PM   #25
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Fun stuff! Glad to see dads spending time in the woods with there young sons.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:39 PM   #26
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Awsome, sounds like he did better than I do.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:50 PM   #27
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Awesome. My son is 20 now and we still sit in the stand together often. Seems like yesterday he was just a little pup. Enjoy every minute man - it goes by way too fast!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:45 PM   #28
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Good stuff...
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:43 AM   #29
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Awesome stuff!


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Old 10-12-2017, 09:35 AM   #30
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Awesome. My son is 20 now and we still sit in the stand together often. Seems like yesterday he was just a little pup. Enjoy every minute man - it goes by way too fast!
I still hunt about half the time in the stand with my dad. He's 67 and I'm 36.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:32 AM   #31
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That is great stuff, Dad!! There is nothing better than hunting with your kids.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:01 PM   #32
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I wish I would have this yesterday. I saw Cooper at school today and would have asked him about his hunt.
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