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Well things have been up and down here, we are seeing more deer than normal for this time of year, but still have not knocked down a monster. We arrived on Tuesday mid-day. Due to the good weather and light traffic we were able to get opn stand that night. Dylan was pumped to be here was ready to roll. A few quick practice rounds at the range and we were off to hunt.

About 5:00 (dark is 6:00) a one horned spike strolled in and the boy went into action. By action I mean shaking like a leaf in the wind. The deer moved around for about 5 minutes and then went broadside. He settled the crosshairs and boom, floop. Dead in his tracks.

We went down and looked at the deer and then got back in the stand. I asked Dylan if I could shoot a deer. He lovingly said ok and 20 minutes later a cull spike came and I took a shot. Now my son shot his with a .223 and dropped him. I laced mine with a .300 win mag, and mine went 100 yards, go figure.....



Two nights later Dylan took a nice 6 point. However we did not get it that night. Our friend Larry went back and found it the next day. I will get a photo of the boy and his biggest buck so far. I have greatly enjoyed hunting with my son this year. We did not always see game or harvest game, but every minutes was well spent.
 

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Congrats to you and your son. These are priceless moments. Can't wait to see the other pics.
 

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Congrats Chris. Awesome pic. :thumb:
 

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I was just downstairs kicking around with the boy and he asked if I ever put up a photo of his 6 point Larry had to go in and get. I have had it for months now and never did put up a photo. We left it down there for the fire ants to clean up and Larry brought it to the shot show in January out in FL. Nate and I had a hell of a time getting it through the airport. Took three supervisers to determin it was not a weapon (for people).
Needless to say Dylan is proud of his bigest buck yet and the lessons that went with it. This buck did not come easy and was a roller coaster of emotion for a then 6 year old. Nate and I have always felt that tribulation is the seed that will make you a better hunter.
 

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That is awesome. How old was your son when he went on his first hunt? My little guy is 2 and I cannot wait until he's able to get out and hunt. Hopefully Maine will get rid of the 10 age limit by then.
 

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Dylan has been with me in the outdoors since he was old enough to walk.

I used to carry him on my shoulders out bear baiting when he was 3. He has been out on stand with my for hundreds of hours. He and Tyler, Nates son are only a few days apart in age and make a fine pair for a comic bit.

They have plans to branch out soon on thier own show and only let Nate and I run cameras.


At 6 this was the kids first year hunting. Tyler took a monster Tom in NH
and Dylan was lucky to get a deer over there. When you child is old enough I suggest a trip don't to SC. The guy we hunt with in SC give guys a great deal. If you book a hunt, your kid can hunt free.
Sorry if I put too many photos in. Just like the visual.
 

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That is awesome. I am going to introduce Kolten to fishing this summer. Then next fall I plan on having him go on stand with me for a couple deer hunting trips. He will be almost 3. At 6 would be a good age to have him shoot for the first time. What guy do you use in South Carolina? I might build a relationship with him prior to Kolten turning 6. My buddy has an 8 yr old that loves to hunt and he's been looking for a chance to get him somewhere to hunt. Thanks for the info.
 

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Just a guy we know. put some footage from last years trip on our home page. We usally go down in August for opening day. 6 is a great age and I would say that is the average for kids down there. In the mean time you are always welcome to join our crew going down.Here is a video link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtoYrDIGdWE

Fishing is a great idea, kids of all ages (like 32) love fishing. Take lots of photos.
 

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He has a .223 NEF for deer and big game. I am setting up an Escort .20 shotgun for him next month. Last year the kids used an MDM 12 gage muzzle-loader. That way we could control the charge.

This year I am going to try and move him up to a .243 and put a muzzle break on it, that should take out any recoil problems.
 

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I was thinking a .223 for Kolten when he gets there. Tossing around the idea of an over/under 223/410 or 20 if they make such a thing.

Muzzle loader idea is a good one, i had not thought about that.
 

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I would love to join the crew and go down with you. August 15th is opening day? How many days do you usually stay down? Cost for the trip? You can shoot me an email if you [email protected]
 

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Sure, we hunt 5 days and it's 1,000 lodging on the Edistole river and dinner provided. You can hunt in the QDM area where you can shoot 2 buck, 8 point or better, or the none QDM and can shoot evey buck you see. Its a meat hunt.
 

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some cool pic's there nice deer guy's priceless moment's fer-sure !
 
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