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First Turkey

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I have been waiting a long time for my first turkey hunt. We live in the forest so there are always turkeys that come through our yard because we have the things they like – trees to roost in, bushes for cover, dirt to bath in and pine nuts and bugs to eat. They really like to come and relax by this stump in our yard. So on opening morning of the turkey hunt in …

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Close Range

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This was my accomplishment on September 8, 2017. It was my first year with a tag and my awesome Dad called him in to 10 yards for me. I killed him with a single shot to the throat. I couldn’t be any more of a blessed 17-year old girl. It was the best hunt I’ve ever been on. When I found the animal, all kinds of excitement and joy filled through me! Knowing it was my …

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The One that Didn’t Get Away

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I was hunting with my dad and younger brother, Adam, and we both had cow elk youth tags. The sun was starting to set when two cows came through the canyon and we spotted them.  When the cows were within 150 yards, I took the first shot with my .270 and was successful. My brother also took a shot at the second, but in the excitement, he missed and the elk got away. We tried …

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From the Alfalfa Field

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My dad, brother and I had practiced shooting targets and were ready to find deer. I was 12 and was looking for my first buck. While scouting, it was a little tiring at first but it paid off. I had to pass up a doe and then make a plan for where we were going to find the deer. My dad and I decided to climb a 20-foot haystack and sit for a while watching …

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Hoping for a Three-Peat

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The last two years I have successfully drawn a mule deer tag and successfully harvested a nice mule deer buck. I’m hoping for a three-peat this fall. We don’t have to travel far from home to go hunting. So a lot of times, my dad will scout for the deer and then pick us up after school for an evening hunt. We usually have about an hour drive to where we find our big game. …

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …