(LA) Fifth-grade girl shoots first deer


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December 27, 2002, 08:21 PM
Fifth-grade girl shoots first deer

By JOE MACALUSO
jmacaluso@theadvocate.com
Advocate outdoors writer

Although she is days removed from a clear, calm, cool afternoon, Caroline Guidry's voice still resonates with the excitement of the moment.

"It was the first time I've ever shot a gun in my life. . .the first time," the 10-year-old Dunham School fifth-grader said.

And, the report from the .22-250 rifle her dad Kirk said he knew was the right weapon for his petite daughter is still ringing in the Guidry home.

"It was her first year to shoot and we were all in the stand together that day," Kirk Guidry said.

The "we" included Kirk's friend from childhood days in Larose, Joey Adams, and his 10-year daughter Emily, whom Caroline said, "...is my best friend." The gigantic 10-point, 249-pound buck was hard to miss when he sauntered out into the food plot in West Baton Rouge Parish that December afternoon.

The Mississippi River's batture hold lots of big deer, but not many the size of the stag that filled the scope on the rifle.

"Emily has killed lots of deer before. She was going to shoot it (the buck came out on her side), but she let me shoot it. She (Emily Adams) knew I'd never shot a deer before."

Kirk Guidry said he wasn't surprised his daughter could hit the target. He said they have practiced sighting on targets with the rifle, "but we never pulled the trigger. Caroline was perfect on the shot. It was a great shot."

And, a great trophy, one that Caroline Guidry said was a grand early Christmas present.

"I've been in a deer stand since I was a little girl, but this was my first time to shoot, and I got real excited," she said. "And, Emily was excited for me, too."

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