Son's First Deer


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Gregaw
September 23, 2013, 12:04 AM
If you don't want to read the long story the basics are right before the picture.

This deer was a long time in coming. He's been shooting .22lr from a single shot with open sights for about 4 years now and is a crack shot with it. This summer he's gotten used to shooting the 12GA pictured with a BSA red dot on it. He's not really shot much with any scope yet and we decided this would be the best for him right now. We planned to keep our shots within 50 yards. He had no trouble taking 2 liter bottles off the 50 yard berm with this setup.

Opening day of the "youth season" in Iowa was Saturday and got out well before sunrise and didn't see any deer until we were leaving mid-morning as we had some other commitments before lunch. We did see a pair of deer on the way out, so that was encouraging for him.

We got back to the woods at about 2:30 that afternoon. At about 4:30 a fawn walks out and stops at about 50 yards. We're seated on the ground across a gully from the deer. I had instructed him to wait for me to okay the shot before he fired. I whispered for him to turn off the safety, which he did and promptly fired. I wasn't expecting him to shoot yet and didn't see the impact. It missed, but the deer didn't run it only moved a few feet forward. I instructed him to slow down and fire again, which he did almost instantly. Now the deer runs down the gully right toward us. I called to the deer and it stopped at 35 yards, but was angled heavily toward us now. He fired again and deer continued toward us. He stopped in the creek bed less than 15 yards from us but out of sight. I quickly loaded two shells for him and we waited and the deer eventually left in a way that didn't allow for a clean shot. Both the deer and my son got a good education from that experience. I checked the spot where the deer had stood in the creek bed to insure it hadn't been hit.

We then had a talk about aiming for a small spot on the deer and making sure we used good trigger control. He pulled all the shots badly. He knew the right thing to do but was carried away in the excitement. (and who could blame him!) He was in good spirits and was ready to try again.

We had another chance in about 30 minutes. This young doe came to the exact same spot as the first deer and this time my son waited for my okay to shoot, but took the first shot very quickly and pulled low again. I couldn't believe it. The deer ran about 10 yards and stopped. I reminded my son to wait and the next time he pulled the trigger to make sure to aim small and pull slowly. The deer walked back to the exact same spot as before! This time he didn't miss, but put a perfect lung shot right where I had showed him to aim.

The deer only ran a hundred yards or so, but it was through some dense woods and my son got to track him down by following the blood trail. He was ecstatic and I'm very proud that even though the "buck" fever got him too excited to make a good shot at first he was able to calm down and make that one count.

He has spent the last day telling everyone the whole story and couldn't be happier that his first day of real hunting was such a success. It is a day neither of us will ever forget.

An Iowa Doe
Mossberg 12GA with a Hogue short LOP stock. (No, Iowa doesn't require a plug for that tube. :) )
Cheap BSA red dot
Rio Low Recoil Star Slug (not very happy with how it did, but it get the job done. I may create a thread on that later)
50 yard shot right in the sweet spot, she ran about 100 yards
A very happy 10 year old!!

http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae150/gregaw/IsaacDeer_zps20ad0347.jpg

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scallop
September 23, 2013, 12:56 AM
Congrats, great job!

My son has yet to take his first deer. He will be 13 in Nov. Going to try to hit it pretty hard this year as have not really went "whole hog" the last 3 he has been.

I love to see the younger generation out in the field. This country needs more of that!

hipoint
September 23, 2013, 01:22 AM
great job!!! My father and stepfather weren't very good at taking me hunting, seems like I learned it all on my own... Glad I was a kid before the world got even weirder and I was allowed to go out in the woods behind the house with a gun on my own...

Nice to see someone taking their time to teach a kid right!

Andrew Leigh
September 23, 2013, 01:26 AM
Awesome, well done to you and your son. You both must be exceedingly proud.

horsemen61
September 23, 2013, 02:31 AM
A job well done now time for dinner :D

Arkansas Paul
September 23, 2013, 11:47 AM
Well first of all, congrats on your son's first deer. He'll never forget that, for sure.
And I wouldn't be pleased with a perfect shot and a deer running 100 yds either.

Gregaw
September 23, 2013, 12:06 PM
Thanks everyone. My father wasn't deer hunter and I learned a lot by trial and error in my early adulthood. I'm glad that my son is getting an early start.

The deer was broadside, maybe angled toward us a little, 10 degrees at most. I'll post a picture of the entrance tonight. The slug deflected off the ribs and proceeded diagonally through the deer toward the deer's opposite rear leg. It almost tore the left lung in half, went through the diaphragm and ended up longed under the skin above his right, rear leg. You can actually see the bulge in the picture above. With the angle of the deer and the location of the entrance the fact that it ended up there is very strange to me.

LeonCarr
September 23, 2013, 12:18 PM
Great Job!

You and your son will be even more proud when you sit down for dinner and the venison from that deer graces your family's table.

I shoot a lot of the Rio Star Low Recoil Slugs. The Rio Star Slugs are a Brenneke type slug, and they are cast of hardened lead instead of swaged from soft lead like the Foster type slugs. I am going to guess that the Rio Star went all the way through the deer and was not recovered. IME the softer swaged foster type slugs expand better on deer size game with the deer running a shorter distance after being hit.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

627PCFan
September 23, 2013, 12:20 PM
Congrats to the fam.

Gregaw
September 23, 2013, 12:25 PM
I shoot a lot of the Rio Star Low Recoil Slugs. The Rio Star Slugs are a Brenneke type slug, and they are cast of hardened lead instead of swaged from soft lead like the Foster type slugs. I am going to guess that the Rio Star went all the way through the deer and was not recovered. IME the softer swaged foster type slugs expand better on deer size game with the deer running a shorter distance after being hit.

I actually recovered the slug from the deer's hind quarter. You can see the bulge of where it ended up above that real leg. The slug has one small ding in the front, but looks mostly in tact. It must be a fairly hard lead.

I used these because I had a bunch of them on hand, but may look into a foster type for next time.

Patocazador
September 23, 2013, 02:47 PM
Lots of people like the Rio brand but I'm not one of them. I bought a case of 20 ga., 7 1/2 shot shells because they were cheap. Well, we all know the old adage "you get what ......." and that's what I got. About 1 in 3 had the rims torn off by the ejector on my Remington 11-87. No other brand has ever done that with any gauge in any of my shotguns.

Congratulations to your son.
Like you, nobody in my family hunted and I didn't kill my first deer until I was 26. A person changes a life when he takes a kid hunting.

witchhunter
September 23, 2013, 11:40 PM
Great job dad!!

surjimmy
September 27, 2013, 04:45 PM
Outstanding. A old Gentleman once told me, if you hunt with them, you won't have to hunt for them.

gspn
September 28, 2013, 12:24 PM
Congrats! I remember my sons first deer like it happened yesterday. Those are great times in life...I'm happy that y'all are getting to enjoy them together.

Good job dad!

kyle1974
October 12, 2013, 09:45 AM
really great. I know how you feel, now that my kids started hunting there's no better feeling than watching them hunt.

wankerjake
October 12, 2013, 01:59 PM
That's great!

wally247
October 13, 2013, 02:24 PM
Ten year old with his mossberg and an Iowa doe. Sounds like my first deer. Congrats!

ICE1210
October 13, 2013, 05:53 PM
1. Congrats on the first deer, hope there's many more
2. Is it me or is that deer much bigger than he is? You guys must grow 'em big out there.
3. Good for you for taking the time to pass on the tradition.

Fremmer
October 14, 2013, 12:18 AM
Tell him that was a good shot!

The Big Game Hunter
October 14, 2013, 08:30 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hgBqxi1_D0w/Ulxyh1IeQpI/AAAAAAAAAWA/EeU4knqGXms/s400/first+deer.jpg

Congratulations to you and your son. There is only one first time and I remember my first deer like it was yesterday.

If you're interested, you can read about it here (http://www.thebiggamehuntingblog.com/2013/10/my-first-deer.html).

Gregaw
October 14, 2013, 10:57 PM
Thanks again everyone.

Ice1210 - Iowa does grow some of the best whitetail in the country! The deer definitely weighed more than he does.

Big Game Hunter - Thanks for sharing your story as well. Great picture!

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