My little boy, Aidan, has been tagging along on hunts with me since he was 3-years old. He has videoed a number of bow kills for me in Montana where he was to young to hunt. When we moved back to Tennessee (a state that allows little kids to hunt) he was thrilled at the thought of finally being able to hunt for the first time. We had some close calls last year but it never happened. I've been encouraging him with the fact that this year would be the Year of the Deer for him. It's been a long time coming, but this past weekend it happened! On the TN Youth Deer Hunt Aidan killed his first deer! After a slow morning in the blind, we had two does step out in the field in the last 45 minutes of daylight. We had set up the Primos Shack Attack blind on the edge of a freshly mowed field. The deer had no idea we were in the world. Aidan made a great shot, and the deer ran just 40 yards before crashing in the woods. When we found the deer in the woods the party began! I grabbed Aidan in a huge bear hug, and we danced around in celebration. I slapped his back and squeezed him tight in proud excitement. I honestly don't know who was more excited.
What makes the hunt even sweeter is the fact that Aidan killed the deer in the same field I killed my first deer with a bow back in high school. It was a very special hunt in many ways. Way to go Aidan!