Hunter: Colby Cooper
Points: 8 (4L, 4R)
Saturday at lunch, Colby told me he wanted to go hunting that afternoon. At this point he had not killed a deer yet this year. With the weather being crazy the last couple weeks, I thought that afternoon would be good. It was a clear afternoon, sunshine, no wind, a little warmer than I would like. I told him we would probably see a lot of deer. Man was I wrong, we sat there for two and half hours and nothing! Colby said, "What time is it?" I said 6:00. He said are you ready to leave? I said let's give it 10 more minutes, because we could still see good enough to make out a buck or doe, etc. And I told him it only takes about 30 seconds to kill a deer! Colby is sitting to the right of me in a two-man ladder stand. So we go to leave, I look over behind him, and there is a buck walking in at 15 yards. I tell him don't move a muscle or make a sound, here comes a buck. He walks right up beside us and stops. We become statues. For probably 5 minutes we have a staring contest with this buck. FINALLY he starts walking straight away from us. I grab Colby's gun and turn it so he could grab it and set up on the shooting rail of the stand. He had to shoot left handed, which he had never done before. Im thinking he is going to walk straight away from us and Colby is not going to get a shot. The buck makes a huge circle and comes back to the feeder. Colby was already ready when the deer walks up broadside. He said dad can I shoot? I said yes, squeeze real slow. He shot, the buck hit the ground jumped up tried running off, but was struggling. He ran about 20-30 yards before finally going down for good. Very very proud of Colby, he did an awesome job, and handled the situation well. I think I was more nervous than he was! my heart was about to beat out of my chest.