Bob Shelton has checked in with a couple great pictures from a fruitful youth day hunt in Carroll County with his daughter, 13-year-old Sarah, and his brother-in-law and son Jack Bullen. Here’s Bob’s story:
“Hello again! Another year and military move have past, and now our family calls Birmingham, Ala. home. Regardless, there just weren’t enough miles to keep us from Virginia for a new family tradition and the annual Youth Hunt. This year, I’m grateful to be able to report two more firsts for our family youngsters!
Last year I wrote you about my daughter’s (Sarah Shelton, 13) first deer … well, this year we have more memories to share! After a frustrating morning, filled with plenty of sightings and no good shots, Sarah and I anxiously anticipated another bountiful evening. About an hour had passed when I received a picture from my brother-in-law of his son (Jack Bullen, 9), enjoying an afternoon snooze … every good hunter enjoys a little afternoon shut-eye. Well, it wasn’t ten minutes later that we heard the gun report from Jack’s first kill in the next hollow over. Then a text from a very proud dad … “Jack just got one!” … a nice doe. I knew exactly what he was feeling … I’m thankful to share the memory.
Now it was Sarah’s turn. She was feeling a little friendly rivalry with her cousin and added frustration with no afternoon sightings. After a good chat between dad and daughter, the woods began to come alive. Another hour passed, the cool air rushed off the ridge and the wind changed in our favor. Then Sarah saw him … “Dad, it’s a BUCK!”
As quick as he was there, he disappeared. Patience is not one of the family gifts in this instance. Then I saw him … wow! Sarah had to stand in the double stand, turn almost 180 degrees to shoot over me, and make a 70+ yard shot through heavy cover … and she smoked him!
That made two proud dads.
Once we confirmed the kill, we called for Granddad (Lynwood Shelton) and the four-wheeler. It didn’t take long for the third proud dad to get there.
Once on the scene, granddad could only muster and “OH MY!” You see the land we hunt is a long time dream of my dad’s, and now three generations are helping that dream come true. We’re blessed to enjoy family, fellowship and the outdoors and we look forward to reporting many more firsts in the years to come.
Thanks for letting me share again … see ya next year!”
What a great story, Bob! Thanks and congratulations. See you next fall!