Last year at this time, I was in my barn working when my phone gobbled like a turkey. I looked down to see that my son
Kelly, who lives in Wisconsin, was calling.
During our conversation he tells me my grandson Ty had said, “Dad, I don’t know whether you know this or not, but I’m going to be a deer hunter.” Kelly told him that since he had never been a deer hunter, he would learn so they could do it together.
Thanksgiving week, Grandma and I were on our way from Missouri to Wisconsin, the back of my truck loaded down with treestands, rifles and all the clothing and accessories they would need to be deer hunters.
With a tender heart as big as all outdoors, Ty’s younger brother Sam didn’t want to shoot deer. We brought him camo clothing anyway, just in case he ever changes his mind. If he doesn’t, that’s fine. The choice will be his.
Ty’s first deer rifle is a TC Arms .243 Venture Compact with Oculus Pro Team HD scope, and he was very accurate with it shooting targets. The included spacer and butt pad can be added later, so it will fit him as he grows. His Uncle Daron hand-loaded ammunition for him that wouldn’t kick much but still would take a deer.
For Kelly, we brought a TC Arms Compass .243 with a Vortex scope and ammunition hand-loaded for him with love by his brother. Even at 42 years old, he smiled as much as Ty while standing there holding his first deer rifle.
If you’re planning on getting a deer rifle for a beginner child or adult this year, both of these TC rifles are excellent guns that are very reasonably priced. In fact, the Compass was named 2016 Gun of the Year by Guns and Ammo magazine. Also spend the money to add a good quality scope. The money you spend is an investment in changing lives.
The warm bed felt good to Ty the next morning, and when you’re only 11 years old, that’s OK. Dad let him sleep, and he and I headed out together on a cold Wisconsin morning for my son’s very first deer hunt.
God has blessed me so many times in my life, even though I certainly didn’t deserve it. Sitting in my stand that morning, I thought about that and how he was blessing me again to be there at this special time.
About 9 a.m., my thoughts were interrupted by a shot from the direction of Kelly’s treestand. A text message read “deer down” and I smiled, looked up and said “thank you.” As we stood by the huge doe, I hugged him. “Some people thought I would never be able to do it,” he said. “But I did!”
Ty hasn’t got h
is deer yet. I hope I am there when it happens but if not, my phone will gobble and a voice will say, “PaPaw, I got a deer!” Dad will be as proud for his son as I was for my son and will be for my grandson.
Is it time for you to pass on the deer hunting tradition to a child or an adult who has never been, and start making memories? Believe me, it will be a blessing for them and for you.
DID YOU KNOW
The box turtle lives to be 20 years old or more. They live their entire lives on a few acres of land, don’t do much traveling and spend half their lives hibernating.
If you’re hunting doves in tall vegetation, it’s easy to lose a dove you shoot. You drop a dove and another flies right over. You pull up to shoot the second, only to realize you have no clue where the first one is. At that point, it’ll take a long time to find. If you’re hunting in high cover and you drop a dove, don’t take your eyes off where it landed, no matter how many birds are in the air. Walk straight to it, pick it up and then move your eyes to the sky.
If you don’t like crowds, September is a great time for camping. Campgrounds so packed with tents and RVs during summer start thinning out, and sometimes you may even have it all to yourself. Go enjoy!
QUOTE TO REMEMBER
“It is my fixed conviction that if a parent can give his children a passionate and wholesome devotion to the outdoors, the fact that he cannot leave each of them a fortune does not really matter so much.” – Archibald Rutledge