It has been a while since we spoke. Missed you at the H4H Banquet this year. It was a great event and actually I won the Ruger American rifle. Nothing like a new toy for deer season!
I wanted to share with you my son Blake’s first bow kill, which he got in Bedford County this past Saturday. He got a new G5 Torrent bow last year in late September, but did not hunt with it last season because he didn’t feel quite ready to actually take a shot at a deer from a tree stand. That showed a lot of maturity, in my opinion. So he practiced until this season, and was ready for his first solo bow hunt.
We toughed it out in the early morning rain Saturday morning, but luckily that didn’t last a long time. I hunted another stand about 200 yards away from him. We forgot our walkie-talkies, so I told him to just come get me if he needed me or if the rain got too unbearable. Well the rain let up about 7:30, and at 8:15 he came walking up the ridge to me, holding his arrow. He looked disappointed, said he had shot a nice buck but thought he shot under him until he climbed down to get his arrow. He was upset because he thought he had hit him too low and was afraid he had made a bad shot. After calming him down, we got to the task of unraveling what happened. Obviously his shot was true and we found his buck about 100 yards from the stand!
He’s taken a few deer with rifle and muzzleloader, but this was his first bow hunt, and first time he ever shot at a deer with a bow. We took his deer to Arrington’s Cooler and when I told Barry that, all he said was “he’s ruined now”. I’m afraid he’s right!”
Congrats to both Chris and Blake, especially Blake for showing that impressive maturity! I’m sure this great bow kill is the first of many!