Post your happy kid youth hunt stories


November 18, 2013, 10:11 AM
I've took both my boys in the past and had my eldest boy take his fist deer last year. The rush is some how elevated being the instructor rather than the student.

This 2013 youth hunt was no less an adventure. My oldest son's best friend is for lack of a better word a "city boy". Some unfortunate circumstances landed him with me for the past week and we had already planned to attend this years youth hunt. This was to his advantage as he had tagged along a few times to the rifle range with us over the years.

I took the boy with me and my son took off with my long time hunting buddy. I thought since he is a little green around guns I'd hold the shotgun untill it was go-time and I am responsable for him.

We got set up in a crossing and in about an hour 2 does were feeding across the hollow from us. He couldn't get a good shot and the does wandered away as quietly as they appeared.

Later, after taking a short break and allowing the rain to pass we decided to go back to the same location. Shortly after another doe crossed our path. I showed him again how to take the safety off and handed him the gun. He cleanly killed the deer where she stood.

I gave a short lesson in field dressing and made him do all the dirty work. Not that I had to bloody his face:rolleyes: I did!

Watching him hold a bead on that deer made my heart beat like it was my first kill.

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November 18, 2013, 10:58 AM
While I don't have kids of my own, I am a middle school teacher here in rural Maine. This time of year is great because I'm constantly having students come in to tell me about their deer hunts. They know how much I love to hunt and we share that enthusiasm. Usually they come in with pictures of their deer on their iPods or cell phones and tell me all about their hunt. It's great.

That's what I love about living and teaching in this area, the fact that I can freely discuss hunting with my students. It's just a way of life around here. A couple weeks ago, a former student came running in at the end of the day to show me a picture of her first deer ever. At 12 years old, she bagged a BIG 10-point, 220 lb buck. It was great seeing how excited she was and the pictures were priceless.

It's safe to say that the majority of my students hunt.

Arkansas Paul
November 18, 2013, 11:36 AM
I'll participate here.
My daughter is 10 years old and this is the first year she's wanted to shoot one herself.
I asked her a few weeks before the youth weekend, "You aren't going to see a deer and think its pretty and not want to shoot it are you?" She replied, "What do you think I am? Some kind of yuppie girl or treehugger or something?" Hmm. Wonder where she gets that?
Anyway, I told her if she was going to kill a deer, she had to load her own ammo to kill it with, so off to the man cave we went. I prepped and primed her brass, then set up the Uniflow and scale for her. She charged each case, including trickling up to the desired weight and seated her bullets.
Funny story. She can't close one eye and we were trying to figure out how to get around that. She tried both eyes open and couldn't see through the scope. Well, she went to a birthday party with a pirate theme and it hit me. I told her to keep the eye patch and we took it to the range and it worked like a charm. So in the pics, you'll see her eye patch around her neck. lol
Anyway, we sit in the stand for about an hour and a small doe walked up not 50 yds from where we were. It stared at us for a while and just started eating corn.
I thought she was going to get nervous but she did great. The darn deer would stare at us, then go back to eating, all the while facing us. Every time it would turn broadside and she would get on it, it would face us again. After 15 minutes of filling its belly with my apple flavored corn, it finally stayed broadside long enough for her to get a shot. It was a little far back, but did the trick fine. It ran in the thicket but didn't go 30 yds total before piling up.
She was one happy camper, let me tell you.

Her loading her ammo. (

Mere moments after the shot. (

And it wouldn't be a memorable first kill without the war paint. (

Arkansas Paul
November 18, 2013, 11:38 AM
And one more with a very happy Arkansas Paul. (She washed the blood off her face as soon as we got back to the camper. Dang girly girls.) (

Arkansas Paul
November 19, 2013, 12:22 PM
No more youth hunt stories/pics? Darn I figured there would be a few.
We gotta get these youngsters hooked while they're young folks.

November 19, 2013, 01:49 PM
Paul, I don't see any pictures. Is my computer screwing up or did they not post?

November 19, 2013, 02:05 PM
Paul, I don't see any pictures.
It seems to work fine on our end.

ARPaul that one happy camper you got there!

November 19, 2013, 02:18 PM
Two years ago my oldest son and I was hunting at W.M. Bankhead N.f. and he had the chance to harvest the biggest deer I've ever seen there. It was at least an 8pointer and had a very heavy body. When I noticed the deer I wispered to Banks(my son), while pointing, "look big buck". "Where?" he replied. Well long story short.. No Deer! He was'nt wearing his contacts. He kicks himself every time he thinks of that day......BUT, after that day he has hunted harder than any boy I know.

November 19, 2013, 03:39 PM
I am taking my son and nephew out this weekend. I scored in black powder season, so I am going to focus on them for rifle season. I hope to be posting some smiles too.

November 20, 2013, 09:14 PM
a few years ago me and my 15 yr old son went on the youth hunt in our state.usually we hunt from the same stand but he was adament he wanted to hunt alone this he was very mature and well versed in gun safety and also a excellent shot i said ok.i sat on a ridge about 100 yrds from him hoping for a chance at a coyote. a doe came out and i was watching her, then a huge 9 pt buck came out. his rack was so wide and tall i remember thinking "what the hell thats a mule deer?"

finally both deer, after messing around about 75 yrds from me for a hr or so,the deer cross a fence and got where my son could see them.KABOOM!i knew it was a difficult 175 yrd shot from his stand.i tried to follow the deer in the binocs but it was hard because of the brush. i picked up some white in the grass and it looked like he nailed him.he did! perfect shot the buck didnt go 25 yrds. i have never in all my life seen a kid so excited.after sum pics he litterally ran full speed a half mile to bring the truck down to pik up the deer.even tho we had shot several deer together thats my favorite memory.

the deer was huge with a 24 in spread and 11 and 12 inch brow tines, lots of mass. he is a hooked deer hunter now. he was out to hunt tonite and we didnt see anything for the third nite in a row.he said"i dont mind not seeing any deer i just like to hunt"

November 20, 2013, 10:54 PM
I took my son, about 11 or 12 at the time dove hunting. He proved to be a pretty good shot for his 1st time out. I don't remember the exact count, but he accounted for 7-8 birds. One that I shot literally landed in his lap. He claimed it as his own. As we were preparing to leave I took his shotgun to unload it when a bird appeared from no where. I took a quick snap shot with his gun since mine was already unloaded and ready to go. He claimed that as his bird too since it was taken with his gun.

I didn't argue with him when he came home bragging to his mother that he had shot more birds than me. That seems yesterday, but it will be time to take his son in a few more years.

November 21, 2013, 12:56 PM
That seems yesterday, but it will be time to take his son in a few more years.
Lord knows! 14 years have went by so fast. I already kick myself for the missed chances.

Arkansas Paul
November 21, 2013, 08:33 PM
Yep. Ya can't blink, for sure.

November 21, 2013, 09:20 PM
We have 2 fine son's. I was able to take our oldest hunting and fishing quite a bit, but by the time Travis came around I was too busy with work so I "neglected" him. After I retired I did my best to make up for lost time. I taught him how to drive my truck (stick shift) and I was with him when he killed his first buck (6 point). He killed it with a side hammer muzzleloader with a patched round ball. He was 16 and after he shot we both heard the ball hit the deer, but we never did find any blood. We looked for several hours and Travis finally said, "we're never going to find my deer". I told him we were going to look until dark. Travis found the deer and we turned him over looking for a bullet hole. The deer was broadside when he shot, but no bullet hole. Then I lifted up his tail and there was one drop of blood. When he fired the deer bolted and the round ball entered his posterior. It was a smallish buck, but heck it was his first so I had it mounted for him. I'll never forget that day. Travis went to SC this year with our oldest and shot a really nice 8 point with his Grandpaw's 35 Rem. He made a bad shot on him and they had a hard time finding it and had to finish him off with 3 more rounds (2 from a 9mm and another from the .35. The meat was no good.

November 22, 2013, 12:43 AM
Took my stepson out for his first deer hunt. He is 8 yrs old. This season opening morning he shot his first deer. .223 AR15 with 75gr Hornady BTHP handloads. Shot was 85yds quartering away, he aimed for the offside leg and she only went 65yds after the shot. Bullet entered in front of the rear leg and ended up in the hide on the offside shoulder.

November 22, 2013, 01:33 PM
Way to go Arkansas. Everyone takes the boys out including me, but not everyone can talk the girls into it and that's what we need to survive.

November 25, 2013, 12:52 PM
This is the best QUALITY thread in a long time!

There is nothing like helping a kid, or anyone for that matter to get thier first animal!

Back in 2007, my good friend had discussed hunting with me. He couldnt find the time that year. His son was so looking forward to going, he was heart broken!
The next year I offered to take his son out hunting if he couldnt find the time.

As things turned out, my buddy was too busy with work to hunt again! So I planned to take his son out. The next morning I was to pickup my friends son. To my suprise my friend managed to wrangle a day off to go with us! Yehaw!

That mornings quarry was whitetail and moose. My friends son managed to get a youth moose liscence! Bonus!

I had been hunting in an area a fair bit that fall, and knew where there was allot of moose hanging around. It was mid september and the rut was on.

As we drove to our hunting destination we discussued where to shoot the moose if he got the chance. We had this discussion many times, but he was excited and just wanted to be sure. It was great seeing such enthusiasm and pure excitement!

We got to the area I wanted to hunt, and I pulled the truck into a clear cut and parked for the wait. It was bitterly cold, and the wind was like a knife that morning! We decided to just sit tight in the vehicle, and watch over the clear cut.

Nearly at first light, we could hear a bull grunting nearby! The young fellow was just cranked! Lol!
We could see the silouette of a moose walking along the bush toward us. As it got closer, we could see it was a cow moose, and she was just calling and bawling! She was seriously in heat! Talk about a perfect senario! This was happening less than 125 yards away!

We had to wait about 15 more minutes before legal shooting time. So we sat there trying to keep the young feller calm, a beautiful Bull walks out, and just struts slowly out into the open! Slowly tilting his rack back and forth to impress the misses moose! Lol!
Talk about an exciting start to the day!

I watched my cell phone clock in agony, untill the legal minute to shoot arrived! It was unbearable for the boy! I slowly opened the door of the truck and ushered the young fellow behind me. I popped the bipods down on my little Contender Carbine in 7-30 waters. He snuggled in behind the rifle and was getting ready to find the bull in the scope. Well, about this time the bull had reached the cow And was prepping to do what animals do this time of year! Lol! It made the young fellow laugh! Hmmm, a lesson in the birds and bees uncensored lol!

"After a mimute or so", I told him to aim behind his soulder, just below his front legs elbow. When he shot, the bulls chest just rippled and he staggered stiff legged to one side. The cow just stood there and the bull didnt do much more than stagger in a circle. I told the boy to shoot him in the same spot again. He did very well in keeping his composure! He reloaded and put another bullet into his chest! DOWN he went at the shot!

There was allot of whooping and celebration at that moment! After I made sure the bull was totally dead, I told him to get ready for some field pictures. While we took these pictures, the cow walked only 150-200 yards away and watched us. Eventually she left.

I still remember the young boys face! He was absolutely beaming from ear to ear! He said to me "I cant believe i did it"! It was a super moment for his dad and him!

I dont have the best pictures available at this moment, this is a picture "of a picture" that his dad sent me on a text. Hope you guys enjoyed the story! (

November 25, 2013, 03:51 PM
Great story and nice moose!

Arkansas Paul
November 25, 2013, 03:57 PM
Dthunter, that's awesome man. Good stuff.
That's something that kid will never forget.

November 25, 2013, 06:50 PM
Nice! I bet the boy watchin' the nature act "natural" was a hoot!

November 25, 2013, 07:20 PM
Nice! I bet the boy watchin' the nature act "natural" was a hoot!

It was halarious! He was a Blushing hunter alright! LOL!

November 25, 2013, 08:05 PM
Now I have a boy of my own(hes only 4), I can hardly wait to do the same
For him!

November 25, 2013, 10:32 PM
Took my oldest son hunting Sat morning. We could only hunt in the morning as he had his football awards banquet and a baseball tryout that afternoon. I was literally leaning forward to stand up and get out of the stand when my son said " There's the deer " Buck was chasing a doe and I couldn't get him to stop. He shot him trotting after the doe at 50 yards and the buck dropped right there. This was his first deer and he n top of the world. (

This was the most fun I have ever had hunting.

November 26, 2013, 07:58 AM
An awsome experience isnt it!?
Congrats to your son and yourself!

Thats a pretty whitetail buck! Very well balanced antlers! A moment to remember everytime he looks at those antlers!

November 26, 2013, 11:27 AM
That's a much better first buck than mine! Really it's a much better buck than my 2nd, 3rd,..... !:scrutiny:

November 26, 2013, 11:32 AM
Great stories....I particularly like the moose hunt with the Contender. I wish the photo was a little clearer. I made a 30-30 contender carbine this year for my kids to hunt with. I wasn't quite ready to figure the 7-30 out.

Lazy R
November 26, 2013, 12:20 PM
My youngest son Ajay and I were hunting near Fort Peck reservoir in northeastern MT some years back. Up until this point, I'd been present for all his deer kills, either right next to him or within sight.

This time, we'd hunted pretty hard all day with no deer down yet. I was getting pretty beat as we'd probably walked 10 miles through the badlands and coulees. My buddy Adam knocks a muley down and we go to help him get it up to the truck. Well Ajay was still wanting to hunt some hills over by the Missouri river and I sent him off that way with a radio and the rangefinder. My buddy and I got his deer dragged up to where we could load it, and began working our way back out of the area, when my radio cracked. It was Ajay.

"I got one down! Come meet me over the top I'm in one of the draws down towards the river!"

We work our way over there and find him on the dirt road in the diminishing light. He'd hunted his way across the face of the hills, and caught this buck out in the open. Ranged him at 360 yards, and one shot from the Ruger 77 .260 planted him right there. We got him dressed and then dragged him up the steep hillside a few hundred yards to the truck, and with two muley bucks loaded we idled off through the badlands with a sip or two of Fireball whiskey and traded stories.

Great times. (

Lazy R
November 26, 2013, 12:23 PM
Come to think of it, this was earlier that day. Kid can work a rifle. (

November 26, 2013, 01:22 PM
I was able to take my daughter out this season for 2 weeks straight, mornings, mid day and afternoons. We hit the rut perfect and saw plenty of action in that time. She was finally able to connect on the last morning of the hunt. She certainly learned a lot in our time together and we both have memories that we will cherish together.

The buck got as close as 20 yards to us but she wound up taking the shot at 123 yards. This thing wouldn't stop for a shot very long and it was frustrating for me looking on but she remained calm during the 15 minutes of the buck running does in front of us. It finally chased a couple of hot does a couple hundred yards away from us and our hearts sank but returned a few minutes later. I was able to yell at it and it stopped broadside long enough for her to pull the trigger

She used a suppressed self built 260 Rem. 140gr Berger VLD hand load high through the shoulder was a DRT.

This was her first deer though she has been shooting for several years and practices regularly out to 600 yards with various rifles.

November 26, 2013, 04:27 PM
God job you guys/gals!

November 30, 2013, 10:28 PM
Well, we shall see! I have found a cove full of fox squirrels! Possibly we will collect our bounty. Neither of my boys have taken a fox squirrel... For that matter nor have I.

December 2, 2013, 01:09 PM
We entered the draw before sunrise and found our ambush point.

Banks(pictured), my son, sat 40 yards to my side with a good view above

the draws leading into the 60 ft rock bluffs. We sat untill being

uncomfortable and sleepy, I'd say 10:00 am. Rather than move from a

location known to have our prey, we stayed put. Shortly after 10am the

squirrels appeared. At least eight of them were running around at one point!

After the first 3 shots the critters realized they were in danger and began to

leave the area!

Arkansas Paul
December 2, 2013, 02:36 PM
^ Nicely done.
I do like some tree rats and dumplings. Mmmm

Arkansas Paul
December 2, 2013, 02:37 PM
And dubbleA, dang it man. I think I commented on that in another thread, but it bears repeating. What a first deer! Most of us hunt a lifetime and don't get one like that.

December 2, 2013, 03:05 PM
suppressed self built 260 Rem I wish we could use a can for game animals!

Great pics guys!

December 2, 2013, 04:06 PM
I still have a couple of years before I can get one of mine in the stand. However, my 5 year old daughter has watched me and her mom skin and bone deer and hogs since she was a baby. So the second weekend when we had a spike strung up she came out with my 2 year old boy and explained the following with her arm around him
-It is a white tail deer
-it is absolutely NOT a reindeer
-It is gods creature
-It is harvested for the meat and is what we eat for dinner.

She then proceeded to spary it down for us while we finished it.

Fast forward to last weekend. I bring in a good 8 point in the truck before I field dress it because it is raining and 36 degrees. They all come out to see it. PIctures and all of that. All of a sudden we started looking around and my 2 year old was gone. He found him hiding in the Mule(ATV) crying. He was scared to death of that thing. I guess in a little ones mind there is a bi difference in the two scenarios. Anyway my five year old sat at the edge of the barn and watched us field dress it. Then she went inside.

As comfortable as she is with the dead animals, she is scared to death of guns. She hates the bang. She is also scared of fireworks and even loud music. She iwll have to get over that before anything else.

December 4, 2013, 07:17 PM
I was 12 years old and it was the last Fri. of the 2007 rifle season, and I hadn't seen much all year. My cousin and I were walking along the side of a field when we saw a doe standing about 125 yards away. Offhand shot with my .243 and I had my first deer. Happiest kid alive! :)

December 10, 2013, 11:53 PM
After hunting most of the opening day and seeing no bucks, my two grandsons were ready to hang it up around 3 in the afternoon. My son, wife and I convinced them to stick it out for another couple of ours. Within an hour both grandsons had filled there tags. If anything they learned it isn't always easy. Whether you fill or not, the fun is "in the hunt".
As you can see the boys are very proud of their muleys, dad and grandpa are proud of them too.
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December 11, 2013, 04:06 PM
Awsome guys! Just AWESOME!

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