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new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« on: December 10, 2019, 09:48:59 AM »
I was happy to mentor a new hunter this year, 2019.  Beginning in June, we visited the range every 2-3 weeks, shooting from a number of different positions (bench, seated, offhand, seated with sticks, kneeling, prone).  I had her read the WDFW regulations, especially focused on big game rules, and Dr. Louis Terkla's excellent book on blacktailed deer hunting (relevant to any species of deer).  We discussed conservation, hunting and gun safety, the aim point on a deer from several angles, deer biology, and deer hunting strategies.  We hit the woods a few times with a cardboard target of a deer outline so she could focus on shooting an unmarked vital zone center.  At last, she was ready, and early season rolled around.

Early season was a good "shake-down", as my mentee learned a lot about good deer "setups", wind direction, and deer behavior.  We saw a lot of whitetails, more than in most years, but a shot opportunity did not present itself, and we had to wait for late season.  We went out several times, but my mentee had to learn a bit about sitting for hours in the cold waiting for deer to not materialize.  Finally, on this Saturday, December 7th, we were set up where a farm field and a brushy hawthorn draw came together, on a known deer route.  Around 3:50 PM, a few whitetailed does fed towards us along the edge.  I whispered for her to wait for that broadside shot.  The lead doe finally turned broadside, feeding at 35 yards, and my new hunter pulled the trigger.  It was a double-lung shot, but the doe made it 150 yards without shedding a drop of blood (rare, in my experience!).  We did recover the deer with much gratitude. 

My new hunter comes from Eastern families with deep rural roots, but which had lost their hunting heritage.  I am proud to have helped her on her journey to reclaim this connection to the land, and I know she will be a good steward of the hunting tradition! 

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2019, 10:14:18 AM »
Nicely done!   Both of you

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2019, 10:17:08 AM »
Congratulations!
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2019, 10:25:00 AM »
That's awesome! I salute you and your mentee.
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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2019, 10:27:32 AM »
Solid work  :tup:
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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2019, 01:37:07 PM »
Congrats to both!  Kudos to you!
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2019, 01:58:56 PM »
Nice!


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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2019, 02:12:03 PM »
This is cool. Great to be a mentor and pass on the tradition. Nice work to both

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2019, 03:10:25 PM »
So cool to see! Congrats to you both!

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2019, 03:14:54 PM »
Very nice!  Congrats to her and good on you for being her mentor.

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2019, 04:53:52 PM »
Thank you for sharing the sport we all enjoy! Congrats to the new hunter on her commitment & success.  :tup:

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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2019, 05:19:01 PM »
Thank you for sharing the sport we all enjoy! Congrats to the new hunter on her commitment & success.  :tup:

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Way to go taking your time to mentor her.  Congrats to the young gal, awesome deer!
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Re: new hunter success! Unit 139 whitetail
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2019, 05:19:30 PM »
Thank you for sharing the sport we all enjoy! Congrats to the new hunter on her commitment & success.  :tup:
Thanks to all of you for your encouraging words!  She worked very hard to get ready for this hunt.  It makes me more optimistic about the future of hunting when I mentor someone like that.

 


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