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A Six-Year Wait

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

On the evening of November 26, 2016, it was chilly and windy.  I was in my stand at 4 pm, and planned to be there until around dark. Once I got settled in, I prayed “Lord, please let me get a deer tonight.  I would love a buck. Please Lord, let me get one.  I’ve never gotten a big buck. I’ve had so many close calls, so many hunts, so many times seeing big bucks …

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The Witness

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

My dad and his friend were scouting for deer and found some big bucks on the hillside. So they came and picked me up after school and asked if I wanted to go hunting. My dad and I hiked up there. We scoped and then stalked the deer to within 232 yards. It was going to be my first buck, so I didn’t really care about the size. I decided to take the smaller one …

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Buck in the Rut

In Youth by RMEF Comments

After a challenging day of trying to get onto a buck in constant stiff winds, I was able to go back a second day to the same area. Shortly after daylight we spotted a good buck on the move. The rut was in full swing, and the buck covered ground quickly. By the time we got into position he had mixed in with a large group of does scattered over both sides of a large …

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Bigger Than I Thought

In Youth by RMEF Comments

In my family, we do a lot of hunting. We practice shooting a lot in the summer to prepare for hunting season. I got my first bull on opening morning – October 10, 2014. It was a nice day and I was hunting with my dad and his four friends. We were scanning the hillsides and saw the bull. We had seen it two weeks early when scouting, so we were all excited to see …

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Bridger’s New Mexico Bull

In Youth by RMEF Comments

I’ve gone out with my dad since I was a young kid, to go scouting and be outside with him. I’ve been hunting turkey and waterfowl for a few years now, but this was my first elk hunt. We traveled down to New Mexico for a youth muzzleloader hunt. I was so excited, I packed three weeks before we left on our trip. I also made sure I got all my homework done in advance …

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Two Brothers, Two Bucks, One Day

In Youth by RMEF Comments

Eight-year-old Hayden harvested his second big deer with his dad and little brother by his side. Six-year-old Cy kept up as well and shot his own nice buck on the same morning. Hayden said he couldn’t wait to get his deer back from the taxidermy shop and Cy said it was an awesome feeling to take his first deer – even though it was only 13 degrees outside. John, their dad could, not have been …

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Patience Pays Off

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

I hunted hard with my uncle for four youth seasons for whitetails in Indiana. With sweat, hard work, and patience I finally got a doe. My next goal was to shoot a buck. So on opening day of shotgun season, we each shot bucks. It really goes to show that patience pays off and this is what family traditions are all about. I’m thankful for having a family that passes hunting and fishing traditions from …

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Long-Awaited First Hunt

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

I have been waiting to hunt with my dad and his friends for years. Finally, when I turned 12, I was able to go and the trip lived up to my expectations. On the first weekend, it was a lesson in patience. We spotted some cow elk and I raised my rifle, but didn’t pull the trigger because I didn’t have a good shot on the vitals. The cow was moving from right to left …

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Hunting With Big Brother

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

Our family hunts near our cabin not too far from home. My big brother, Joe, is a great elk hunter, so he offered to take me out on my first elk hunt. It was toward the end of the season and there was snow on the ground. He picked me up from school at 2 p.m. and we got to the mountains by 3 p.m. We saw a deer walking across the draw and he …

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Moment of Truth

In From The Field, Youth by Shiv Gosh Comments

I had the honor to harvest this majestic bull elk on the second day of New Mexico’s 16C youth-only hunt season on October 10, 2015. An hour before shooting light, my mentors and I began stalking a bull elk thunderously bugling in the east. I gasped when I spotted the bull for the first time. Even at a distance, he seemed massive with a goldish-brown-colored body contrasting with the dark timber. Huge white-tipped antlers shined …

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Starting Young – Ty Posey

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

Every year, I go out with my dad and we hunt locally here in Pennsylvania. It’s pretty much a family thing. We all get together, look for deer and have a great time. Once a year when we hunt for bear. We go to a cabin and make it a longer trip but otherwise, we are out doing day trips taking a lot of turkeys, woodchucks and geese. I was three years old when my …

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Taylor’s First Elk

In From The Field, Youth by RMEF Comments

I had just turned 12 when I drew a youth limited entry hunt in British Columbia. My papa and I hunted hard for many weekends to try and fill my permit that was good for either an elk cow or bull. Then early one Saturday morning, my papa said he wanted to go and get a load of firewood. We were hoping while we were in the woods, that an elk might just show itself. …