When you read the story you’ll understand better why these two are smiling like this:
“This great photo is of my son Tucker on the right, and his best friend Jay Barrett. We were hunting Jay’s family farm in Montgomery County [during the general firearms season}, when we flushed a big shooter buck and two does on a drive. Tucker and Jay both snapped off shots but both missed. I hightailed it to the top of the hill just in time to see the big 8 pointer hell bent for leather into the woods 1/4 mile away.
Tucker thought he had hit one of the does, so we spent the next hour combing the hedgerows for sign, but found nothing. We met back at the top of the hill overlooking 1/2 to 1/4 mile fields in every direction. While standing there deciding where to look next, Jay yelled “BUCK!”
I looked up to see a big-bodied, but small-racked 8-pointer at a full run on the hill across from us. All three guns came up, I heard one shot, and through the scope I saw the buck go down. He made a move to rise and there were 2 more shots from Tucker and Jay, both missed wide. No finishing shot was needed, as it was over then.
That’s when it got interesting. Jay and Tucker both claimed the kill, and asked me to settle it. “Boys”, I said,”I don’t know who killed it, but it was the first shot, both second shots missed. So, first man who shot, claims the kill.”
Both still claimed to have shot first, and to have followed up with a second shot. I knew that the second shots missed, as I had him scoped the whole time. So, as we walked to the fallen buck, a solid 200 yards away, I listened to two best friends, each heatedly claiming the kill shot. We walked up, and I’ll be darned if it didn’t have two holes side by side, less than 4 inches apart. Both clean kill shots
Two best friends snapped off-hand shots at exactly the same moment, at a whitetail buck on a dead run 200 yds away, both hit it exactly at the same moment, in almost exactly the same spot. Two best friends, a shared kill. The picture says it all.
PS – They took one antler each.”
Great story and congrats on a great hunt!