Last spring Bric Steward enjoyed passing on the heritage of hunting when his daughter, Quincy, took her first turkey.

Taking that first turkey with a crossbow at six years old had her hooked and eager for her first chance during deer season. 

As the cool weather of fall rolled around, Quincy practiced shooting the crossbow up to 30 yards. Occasionally when she would ask to shoot further, Bric declined to encourage her to only take clear and ethical shots. 

After a very slow first hunt, she saw action soon into her second, with dad guiding and coaching her. As a spike entered the field, grazing his way in the radishes towards the blind, Quincy looked up and said, “Daddy, I don’t think I can shoot him.” 

Bric didn’t know what to think and was unsure why she would not want to shoot as he kindly responded “Are you ok? Is something wrong?”

“I am shaking so bad. I’m so excited.” Quincy replied with a full grin. 

As the deer turned broadside 12 yards in front of the blind, Quincy took careful aim. Bric made sure the arrow was clear and gave her the go-ahead. She took a breath and squeezed the trigger, sending the arrow for a perfect heart shot. “Spike-Zilla” as Quincy named him, didn’t make it out of the field.

They celebrated with Bric saying he was probably more excited than Quincy. But Quincy was not finished yet. She helped to process the deer and even helped to make jerky that she took to school to share with her friends. One of her friends thought the jerky was so good that she asked her dad to take her hunting.

It was not the hero shot. It was not the wall hanging trophy. But sharing the meat with her friends that led more kids to hunt. And that is what it’s all about! 

-  Dr. Brooks Tiller