UPDATE 5:04 pm. As a reader pointed out, and politely so, the gun in the top picture is not pointed in a 100 percent safe direction. Daijon’s dad, Steve Crawford, submitted a comment below in which he took full responsibility. He and I have traded a few emails this afternoon discussing this. Steve sent in the lower picture a little while ago. It’s clear to see what happened. He shot the picture of Daijon, then when Connor got in the frame Daijon moved over. As I wrote in my comment, sometimes excitement gets the better of us. This is not the end of the world.The gun was unloaded. There was no accident. I really do see this as a teaching opportunity, which is why I commend Steve for allowing me to keep these pictures up here. This is something that other readers can look at and learn from, and that might eventually help prevent an accident. END UPDATE.
Steve Crawford sent these shots and this great story about a fun hunt with his sons:
“Daijon Bannister scored a touchdown Friday night and a nice eight-point Saturday evening. My 9-year-old and I walked up to help Daijon with his deer as it was starting to get dark.
We were all three talking and cutting up as I was showing Conner the ” ins and outs” of field dressing when we heard something creeping up the side of the mountain. We just knew it was a deer, so I asked Conner to hand me my muzzleloader and then to be real still and not move.
I saw antlers so I got the gun up and waited for it to come out from behind a tree about 15 yards away. As soon as he did, I shot. The five-point didn’t go far. I know a lot of people wouldn’t shoot a buck this small, but its a small tract of land and it was the first time Conner had been with me and seen a deer before, during, and after the shot. Great teaching moment! It was too dark to get any good hero shots together with both deer.”
Daijon’s touchdown, by the way was on a 3-yard-run for Lord Botetourt in its game against Northside, which the Vikings won 28-6.
Congrats to Daijon and and his dad for a great hunt. I bet Connor was pretty excited, too!