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Lessons learned...

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My nephew Shane came down this past weekend for his first bowhunt. We had some challenging hunting conditions that I think we both learned from. It started raining saturday about 10 am. It rained throughout the entire weekend. Shane did not get here until about noon, so our only option was to hunt in the rain. We do not get much chance to hunt together so throwing in the towel was never considered. We did, however, have to change the game plan a little. I had planned on hunting a heavily timbered canyon for a buck I had picked out for him, but with the rain I knew that tracking in there would be a major problem. Shane and I sat down with the topos after lunch and started map scouting for a suitable spot. After locating a likely spot where tracking wouldn't be such a problem we suited up for our hunt. The spot we picked out was a fairly open gully with a great vantage point in both directions. This gully connected two larger areas of timber, and had just a narrow strip of timber (<50yards across) through the bottom of it. I had never hunted there before, but with the conditions that was the best spot. We hunted there saturday afternoon and all of sunday. We saw better deer movement than I expected with several does funneling through saturday and Probably 15 does, fawns, and small bucks sunday morning. We learned that those deer can really sneak up on you when you can't hear them crunching leaves on the way in. We were never detected as the wind was perfect for this particular spot. All in all it was a great weekend of hunting with my favorite little hunting buddy. The lessons learned will surely help both of us in years to come. Shane had multiple opportunities to draw on does and young bucks just as practice on timing and controling movement. Even though he knew he was not going to shoot any of those deer he drew on, he was still pumped! I think all this experience will help increase his odds the next time he comes down.
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well sounds like you had fun even though the weather was not in your favor it is all about that quality time w/ friends & family that matter
& I always feel if I don't learn something every time I go in the woods I am not hunting
Shane got the chance to capitalize on all he has learned so far about bowhunting. He came out saturday evening for a sunday hunt. We were out in the honeyhole at 5:30 yesterday morning, and had heavy activity up until the time he killed his first deer with a bow! It is not a giant, but as I told him any deer is a good one when killed with a bow. I got the whole hunt on video and I will try to figure it out tonight and post it here. luck on figuring out the video, but here is a pic.

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Congratulations Shane !! That's a dandy Buck for sure.
Flex as for the video, you could always upload it to youtube or photobucket and post the link,
other than those options I'm clueless on the how to's of posting videos.
Good Luck
That's a great pic flex...congratulations to you all.
That's sweet !!! That boy will be top dog in bragging rights at school with his friends for sure at his age
Thanks! He was very excited to get a chance on this buck. It wasn't the one I was hoping he could get, but it works just fine for his first one. I couldn't get the video to upload on photobucket, but I will try youtube.
That's an awesome video !! He had a good shot, whats his age and bow and bow poundage if ya don't mind me asking, I think it's awesome to see youth hunters out but even better to see them bow hunting !!!
Shane is 12 this year. He shot his first one two years ago with a .243, and two more last year with the same gun. He is shooting a PSE Nova set at 40lb. He is a great shot, and has the ability to focus under pressure. I am so proud of him. He is quite a little hunter already.
great vid.:thumbup::thumbup: one happy hunter
Excellent Video's flex, Congratulations to Shane... Awesome Shot on a fine looking Buck.
that's a great first buck! i watched the video too. reminds me of my first buck 5 years ago. I was 9 then.
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