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I keep saying the 3 hours I spend in the box blind,one on one, with any of my girls is worth weeks of time spent otherwise! Tonight was one of those nights in the blind. My oldest daughter Jessica is now a sophomore in high school and has her driving permit. I've been expecting her to tell me any day that she doesn't really want to go hunting anymore, but that time hasn't come yet. We had a great time tonight in the blind just talking about life and the choices we make. She's at that influential age of 15 years old and she makes me so proud!! She's a great leader in our church and a great influence on young kids that attend. She had just told me about a "lucky" necklace one of her close friends had given her when she got baptized...when a few does popped out into the clover. We watched several does and young bucks feed and chase around in the clover field this evening. We thought our night was coming to an end when I looked in the cut corn field behind us. About 250 yards away I noticed a big bodied deer. I put the Nikons on him and could see it was a 5 year old buck on our hit list we had named "Roid", short for Steroid. He had a massive neck and body in all his Reconyx pics but just not much headgear compared to that body! I said to Jessica that this buck is a shooter but has a long way to come before I would consider letting her shoot. All of a sudden he started chasing a doe and was running right at us. He cut the distance to 148 yards and stopped and stared at the does beneath our box blind. I knew this would be a long shot for her but believe it or not she was 7 for 7 on all shots in the past. She can shoot! My friend Scott Manifold and I had just sited in my new Winchester SX3 and actually gone further than that.. we had down loaded Nikons app and looked up the Nikon Prostaff scope I had put on this gun and input the size of Winchester slug I use to find out the exact distance to shoot each reticle circle in the scope under the crosshairs. I knew that the second reticle circle under those crosshairs was suppose to be 159 yards so I told Jessica to use that reticle on her scope for this buck. She waited until he turned broadside and boom!! That bullet went through his shoulder and dropped him within a few yards of where she shot him. We hugged and celebrated!! Jessica even impressed me more as she then told me she would like to field dress this deer!!! She has always wanted to be a doctor and I thought it would be a great experience, so I let her begin. She found it very interesting while I still kind of gross out about it. I guess she's tougher than her dad after all! All I know is I'm one proud papa!! Congratulations Jessica! Love you!!!

Tom Ware