photo of a deer killed by Kaleb Ginnphoto of a deer killed by Kaleb Ginnphoto of a deer killed by Kaleb Ginn

Hunter: Kaleb Ginn

Points: 8 (3L, 5R)

County: Hancock

Season: 2019-2020

Hunt Story

My dad and I got situated in our double lock-on stand about 15 minutes before daylight on Sunday morning October 27th. We had already seen 24 deer in two sits, so we were looking forward to our morning hunt. Within minutes after daylight we began seeing small bucks and a few doe. We had seen six deer between daylight and 9:15 a.m. but hadn’t seen anything moving for the past hour. At 10:20 a.m. my dad caught movement in the pines around 75 yards out. He immediately said, "That’s a good buck." As he glasses for an opening and a better look, I quickly got into position. My dad told me the deer would cross the logging road and to keep my crosshairs locked on an old pine log near the edge of the road. As the buck got closer my dad said, "This will be a great first buck Kaleb!" He told me as soon as the deer enters the road he will stop him with his grunt call. Sure enough, my dad blew the grunt call and the deer gave me a broadside 75-yard shot. I settled the crosshairs behind his shoulder and squeezed the trigger. The buck left the road crashing into the woods. High fives were flying. I just shot my first deer after hunting for three years. Hancock County has an antler restriction of at least four points on one side, so we had to have patience. I can’t think of any better deer to be my first. My buck was a main frame 8-point with a 3 1/2-inch kicker off his right base with an outside spread of 14 3/4 inches. He must have broken his left brow tine fighting. Patience finally paid off. I am hooked!
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