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Old 01-19-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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My son is 10 and had killed a couple of deer, but not this year. He had done all the right things except be at the right place at the right time. So last Saturday evening was going to be the last hunt for us.

At just after sunset a doe came in, one we recognized and a perfect one to take. She never gave good shot and with just a few minutes of light she turned but was mostly behind Cedar tree. He got ready because she was only a step or two toward the feeder from being a perfect shot. I watch the clock tick. She never moved and it went past legal light. I had to lean over and tell him to stand down, wasn't legal. He of course did and she of course took the step.

I know it was the right thing and he absolutely knew it was right. He is a great kid and will tell the story for years, but I sure wish he could of had the shot.

BTW, I cut the Cedar tree down then next afternoon.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:21 PM   #2
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My son is 10 and had killed a couple of deer, but not this year. He had done all the right things except be at the right place at the right time. So last Saturday evening was going to be the last hunt for us.

At just after sunset a doe came in, one we recognized and a perfect one to take. She never gave good shot and with just a few minutes of light she turned but was mostly behind Cedar tree. He got ready because she was only a step or two toward the feeder from being a perfect shot. I watch the clock tick. She never moved and it went past legal light. I had to lean over and tell him to stand down, wasn't legal. He of course did and she of course took the step.

I know it was the right thing and he absolutely knew it was right. He is a great kid and will tell the story for years, but I sure wish he could of had the shot.

BTW, I cut the Cedar tree down then next afternoon.
The right decision isn't always the easiest one to make. I'm sure once you explained to him, he understood, might not have liked it but i'm sure he knows why you wouldn't let him shoot.

Good job setting the right example and being the role model most kids need.. Their parents!!
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:29 PM   #3
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Yep. But that's what makes it exciting. The whole you never know what's gonna happen
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:53 PM   #4
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As hard as it was, that will be a GREAT memory for you both - not to mention a priceless life lesson for your boy. Good job, Dad!
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:53 PM   #5
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Bummer, but nice work.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:58 PM   #6
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Good job dad
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:00 PM   #7
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Raising him right!
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:04 PM   #8
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He learned far more by not taking the shot. Good job!
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:05 PM   #9
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Great job! I hate to tell you but that aint nothing compared to how hard it is to get them through those teenage years, lol. Keep having fun and making memories. It goes by so fast.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:05 PM   #10
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you got to spend time with him deer hunting... thats the important thing! Great life lesson learned.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:09 PM   #11
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A good life lesson.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:17 PM   #12
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Yep sometimes doing the right thing hurts us more than them.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:54 PM   #13
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You did good, teaching him the RIGHT way to do things!

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Old 01-20-2016, 06:21 AM   #14
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I bet that was tough, but the kid just learned a valuable lesson in integrity! Keep up the good work!
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:19 AM   #15
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The right decision isn't always the easiest one to make. I'm sure once you explained to him, he understood, might not have liked it but i'm sure he knows why you wouldn't let him shoot.

Good job setting the right example and being the role model most kids need.. Their parents!!
This is spot on!
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:22 AM   #16
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He'll remember that moment more vividly than if he'd taken the shot. It will also impact him more. Great call!
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:38 AM   #17
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I had a similar thing Saturday evening with my son. Had a buck and doe come in from a direction that I didn't feel comfortable with him shooting. I told wait till they moved a little closer but instead they ran the other way. I'm glad he understood why and I hope he learned something he could keep with him. I love teaching my kids how to do it right.
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:43 AM   #18
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Well played Cowdog. Right is ALWAYS right! GREAT JOB!
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:07 AM   #19
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A good dad makes em wait til it's right. A great dad makes em wait and then later cuts down the tree!!

It's sure hard tell em no but teaching em about life is so much more important!
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:17 AM   #20
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Not enough people do the right thing anymore it's nice to know a few of us still are good job
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:20 AM   #21
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He'll remember that moment more vividly than if he'd taken the shot. It will also impact him more. Great call!

I agree, and I bet he was happy to see that cedar tree fall.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:30 AM   #22
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That could be a modern day Andy Griffith episode.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:35 AM   #23
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You both did the right thing
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:36 AM   #24
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Good job dad. Teaching a kid to follow the laws and rules at a young age will be a great thing for him as he grows up.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:43 AM   #25
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Not enough people do the right thing anymore it's nice to know a few of us still are good job
This for sure!

Well done Dad.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:50 AM   #26
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Great Life Lesson!! He will always Love you for it!!
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:51 AM   #27
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Good Job Dad !!! That is a lesson that kids have to learn... Not the hunting part but the respect for the rules. I am sure he will never forget it and it will become a fun story to recall for many years down the road for you both..
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:58 AM   #28
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Great teaching experience! Good job!
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:27 AM   #29
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Take him out with a spotlight and make it up to him.


Just kidding. He learned a lot by you setting an example
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:30 AM   #30
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Wait......what? Illegal shooting light? I don't know where you got yours but mine came from Wally world so it gots to be legal........
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:35 AM   #31
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Awesome lesson. I tell my boy all the time, I like hunting because there is no participation trophy. It’s all fun and games for us, but its life and death for the deer. You either earn it or you don’t.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:43 AM   #32
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So your son learned something about ethics and doing what's right. Good job Dad.

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught."
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:52 AM   #33
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I commend you both for doing the right thing. It is hard to tell your kids no when doing something that you both are passionate about such as hunting and fishing and making memories.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:10 AM   #34
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Good Job! Its hard... very hard.

We were in the same boat. 11 yr old got drawn on a TYHP hunt. 2 huge doe came out one evening but stayed stacked up so no Shot. We waited and waited and time ran out.

Never seen him so disappointed but he knew that it was not a good shot.

It happens.



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Old 01-21-2016, 05:46 AM   #35
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Thanks for the good words everyone. This one of the best parts of hunting, my kids have sort of a big family whether they know it or not.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:51 AM   #36
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My son is 10 and had killed a couple of deer, but not this year. He had done all the right things except be at the right place at the right time. So last Saturday evening was going to be the last hunt for us.

At just after sunset a doe came in, one we recognized and a perfect one to take. She never gave good shot and with just a few minutes of light she turned but was mostly behind Cedar tree. He got ready because she was only a step or two toward the feeder from being a perfect shot. I watch the clock tick. She never moved and it went past legal light. I had to lean over and tell him to stand down, wasn't legal. He of course did and she of course took the step.

I know it was the right thing and he absolutely knew it was right. He is a great kid and will tell the story for years, but I sure wish he could of had the shot.

BTW, I cut the Cedar tree down then next afternoon.
When I was a kid, we didn't watch the clock like I do now. I've shot an aweful lot of deer probably later than I should, not knowing any better. Muzzle flash is bright in the scope during twilight. Now days I try to stay on the straight and narrow.

Good on you for keeping him honest and good on him for accepting the disappointment. Good parenting for a good kid sounds like to me....

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Old 01-21-2016, 11:56 AM   #37
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As hard as it was, that will be a GREAT memory for you both - not to mention a priceless life lesson for your boy. Good job, Dad!
Agreed, great job by both of you!
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