Jim Basham has been one of great contributors here for a few years, and is quick with encouraging words for other hunters. He’s also worked on getting his son, Jayden, out there and introducing him to hunting.
A couple of years ago I had a shot of Jayden and Jim after a squirrel hunt. Here they are with Jayden’s first deer. Look how much this kid has grown!
Looking back at some of the previous posts featuring Jim, I noticed I usually just paste his stories in because they are so well done. No need to break from tradition, right.
“Jayden shot this big doe this morning at 7:25 a.m. with his newly purchased H&R single shot .243. She came in behind our stand and and gave him a shot at 24 yards. He did a fantastic job. We watched her for about 10-15 minutes while being stared down by another doe up above her. He got a shot at a doe a couple of weeks ago with his crossbow but shot underneath her and last Saturday he had a shot again with his crossbow at a spike at 20 yards. But I could not see the deer and wanted to range it first after the miss the week before. The spike didn’t hang around long enough for it to happen. He pointed to where it was standing and said “I told you I had a shot and I put the 20 yard dot on him.” I was eating crow for not listening to him but this morning made up for it. Poor boy even has a goose egg on his forehead where the scope got him when he shot. Anyway wanted to share my excitement.”
Great work on a great deer, Jayden! As for that goose egg, I know another pretty experienced hunter who got one of those a week ago and it’s already feeling better!