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Old 10-24-2021, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default My little girl smoked a good one

I usually keep my hunting pics and stories private for a variety of reasons. With that being said, I’m excited to share this hunt. My little girl, Caroline, has been my shadow her whole life. I can’t do a single thing without her right on my heels. She makes all my experiences that much more memorable. We live on our family ranch so watching deer and deer/fishing/hunting is an almost daily occurrence. Caroline has asked me since she was 4 if she could shoot a deer. I made up a random rule, as dad’s tend to do, that she had to wait till she was 6 before she could shoot a deer. As her luck would have it, her birthday falls the week before archery season opens. So, last year, at the ripe age of 6 years old and 1 week, she nails an awesome 8 point with 11 1/2” g2’s 15 minutes into her hunt on opening morning. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the buck until the next day but the coyotes had done their work which resulted in us missing the ceremonial pics, hugs and hi-fives. What she didn’t know there was a very good buck walking in when she shot her buck.

Fast forward to this year and she was pestering me about all sorts of bucks that call our backyard home. Unbeknownst to her, I had one singled out for her or her brother. He was one that we had been watching several years and this year was his year. As the summer progressed, our target buck was finishing out nicely with a ton of character. Opening morning found me in the blind with older brother. Out comes our buck along with 16 other bucks. I’ve never had a hunt like this. All the bucks were in our lap. It was a problem. Not a single shot presented itself so we just had to sit and watch the parade. After that hunt, brother said he just didn’t want to hunt and Caroline could shoot the buck. He’s a mama’s boy and isn’t overly interested in hunting yet. Certainly not an issue and something I don’t want to force. His time will come. His sister sure loves this detail lol!

So, she gladly stepped up and volunteered to shoot the deer. Our first sit was very eventful. Our boy was there along with a pile of his pals. He stayed 30 yards out the whole time. I’ve never had her practice shooting her crossbow at 30 yards so I held her off…she was not too happy and insisted she could make the shot. I’m positive she could have but I didn’t want to force anything. He was a regular at the feeder and was still very calm and unaware of our presence.

The next evening we settled back in ready for our hunt. Lo and behold, he and a few of his pals walk out 15 minutes after we got settled. With no feed on the ground, they headed into the woods towards our tank to get a drink before the feeder went of. Sure enough, they come strolling in on cue after the feeder threw. He headed straight for us. This was happening! He slowly works his way to us and turns broadside at 20 yards. He slightly quarters away and as soon as I see him put his front leg forward, I give her the green light. An eternity later (or so it felt), her arrow launches and smacks him behind the shoulder.

Hugs! Hi-fives! Squealing! And a bit of calming the nerves after the shot. A solid 3 minutes after the shot and I just had to check for blood. Yep, blood. Then a little more….and a lot more. Better wait a few more minutes cause that what the tv shows tell us…..call mom and tell her to wait a few minutes. Better check for more blood. Yep, lots of it. Should make sure I know where he goes before it gets too dark. Just want to see if he went into the woods or the field….lots of blood. Caroline in the loudest whisper possible: “dad! I see him!” More hugs, hi-fives and squealing. Let’s get mom!! He went maybe 43.5 yards. A quick call to my dad from Caroline and he was down in five minutes to celebrate with us. What an exciting time! What a stud of a buck and what a memorable moment. One proud dad here. Not bad for a 7 year old if you ask me
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:15 AM   #2
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Wow! Congrats to your girl!!

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Old 10-24-2021, 12:16 AM   #3
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Congrats to Caroline! Y'all did Good!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:17 AM   #4
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Bruiser!! Congrats!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:19 AM   #5
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Simply Awesome!!!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:27 AM   #6
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Awesome!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:32 AM   #7
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Congrats to her!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:34 AM   #8
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A real good one!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:35 AM   #9
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:37 AM   #10
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Yeah she did! Congrats to you both.
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:47 AM   #11
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Heck yeah!
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:26 AM   #12
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Wow! He’s a tank! Congrats Caroline and you too dad!
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:33 AM   #13
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Very nice, congrats to her
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:41 AM   #14
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Holy smokes what a tank! Congrats!
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Old 10-24-2021, 02:32 AM   #15
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Old 10-24-2021, 02:55 AM   #16
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That’s awesome. I can’t wait to have these memories with my little ones. Good job dad


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Old 10-24-2021, 04:32 AM   #17
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Sweet, lots of memories.
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Old 10-24-2021, 06:24 AM   #18
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Congrats to your girl

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Old 10-24-2021, 06:29 AM   #19
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Old 10-24-2021, 06:48 AM   #20
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:21 AM   #21
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That's good stuff, good job Dad & congrats to the little huntress Caroline
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:29 AM   #22
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Congrats to her, heck of a deer!
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:34 AM   #23
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Jesus what a toad! Sweet man….congrats to the young lady and you Dad….
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:44 AM   #24
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Wow what a stud. Congrats young lady and great job dad.
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:44 AM   #25
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Way to go!!!
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:49 AM   #26
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Wow! Awesome!
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:57 AM   #27
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I love her smile, great buck! Wonderful memories being made!!
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:01 AM   #28
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Congratulations to your daughter! Nice buck.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:18 AM   #29
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That is awesome!!! Congrats
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:23 AM   #30
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I can’t imagine the high you had experiencing that hunt with her. Congrats!!
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:29 AM   #31
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Congrats to all! What a special day that had to have been. How old do you think that buck was?


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Old 10-24-2021, 08:38 AM   #32
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I love threads like this one. Well done! Big congrats again to her. She killed a big ole goodun. That is one cool buck.

I was very happy when I got the text she got him!!!!
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:40 AM   #33
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Waydago little lady that’s a heck of a buck
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:41 AM   #34
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Congrats to Caroline on such a awesome buck.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:42 AM   #35
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I believe he was 6. He could have been 7.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:49 AM   #36
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Very nice! Congratulations!
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:52 AM   #37
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I love threads like this one. Well done! Big congrats again to her. She killed a big ole goodun. That is one cool buck.

I was very happy when I got the text she got him!!!!
Thanks Brandon. We’ve both had an exciting season haven’t we.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:57 AM   #38
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Congrats to your daughter!
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:58 AM   #39
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Awesome. I know! Congrats to you both!
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:01 AM   #40
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Very nice
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:02 AM   #41
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Awesome! Congrats to the young lady

Good job dad
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:05 AM   #42
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Thats just awesome!! and Congrats to all y’all
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:09 AM   #43
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This is great
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:11 AM   #44
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Wow!

Heck of a deer Caroline

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Old 10-24-2021, 09:17 AM   #45
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Wow! Congratulations!
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:26 AM   #46
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Very nice!
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:39 AM   #47
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Knarly old buck with plenty of Character! Awesome for her and You Dad! What a huge blessing
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:43 AM   #48
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Whew !
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:49 AM   #49
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Monster in all aspects! Congrats to you and her!
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Old 10-24-2021, 05:15 PM   #50
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Heck of a deer. I've never shot one that big.
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