My first year in PA at the ripe old age of 19, I shot what would have been my first buck. A guy shot after my buck was on the ground indicated by the hole in the snow above the fallen buck claimed he shot it. I had a broadside 40 yd shot. Instead of getting into a scrap, which would have been bad for him, I walked away knowing I killed my first! I applaud you in giving the kid his first. You simply have to be content that good things happen for a reason and your's will come. The dad and son will always in the back of their mind know you gave them the buck out of a grand gesture that doesn't happen very often these days. Congrats on the fine decision!
You give the whole hunting community a reason to be proud. Thanks for your post! HM