Well the 2010 youth deer season has come and gone, and here is this years story about my 10 year old daughter. It has been a tough deer year around our hunting area, there has been a big construction project in the exact same place she has shot her 2 previous deer.
So we were off to find some more places to hunt for the weekend. One of my best friends is a big bow hunter and has a few food plots in the area....of course go ahead and bring her over there. We hunted the morning and evening of Saturday without seeing a deer, Sunday morning ...again, nothing, a 10 year olds paitence level gets kind of thin at this point. Sunday evening brings us to the food plot down the street from home, that we hunted Saturday morning. Get on stand at 3pm and wait, 4:05 rolls around and I see a doe coming out at 40 yards to our left, I tell my daughter to get ready but she is having trouble swinging hard to the left (she is a lefty). I ask her if she has it, and a "I think so" comes from her. Well "kill it" I say.....BANG! deer looks at us and bounds off, no sign of a hit.
We proceed to go to the shot area and no hair/ blood.....nothing but tracks. 10 year old goes from top of the world to bottom of the floor in about 5.3 seconds.
"Don't worry honey, we will go back to the stand and wait....we have plenty of time"
"I missed, it scared everything in the area, no more will come back"
Now this is coming from a kid who has shot close to 1000 rounds of ammo this summer out of everything from her own AR-15 to her shotgun....she was bummed!
Legal shooting time is coming quickly, she looks to the right and says "Daddy there is a deer!" I put the binocs on it and say "it is a small one, do you want to shoot it?"
She didn't say "Hell yes!" but it was close.