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November 19: Parker Jennings

By far my ultimate number one goal each and every season is to fill Parkers tag, but this year things were a little different. This year my goal was not only to fill his tag but to teach him to be a Game Keeper. He went everywhere with me this year, he was there to plant the food plots, he ran cameras with me, he helped hanging and trimming stands, and I started showing him all the whys as to where and when we hunted instead of just sitting him down and letting him shoot a deer. The gravy train is over, and I think he is even more ate up with the sport now than he ever was before.

After a very very rough youth season and an equally tough opening weekend of the Missouri gun season I told Parker that I would pick him up every day after school and we would hit our big food plot behind the house that him and I and Brian Walker planted this spring. It consists of soybeans, Biologic Maximum, and Clover. The first night in we only saw four does in the clover but my Reconyx cameras were telling me there were several bucks using this plot that Parker would gladly shoot so our confidence was still high. On the second night we had two does enter the field and they were feeding on the Biologic Maximum when Parker broke the silence with “Dad there is a buck”. As quickly as he saw him he decided that he wanted to shoot him. The buck instantly started checking the does and I gave him the ol baahhh, stopping him broadside at 100 yards and Parker let the hammer drop on the TC Pro Hunter and made a perfect shot. We watched the buck pile up and the celebration was on!

These moments mean more to me than any deer I shoot, and I was fortunate enough to get to experience this with both of my boys in the blind with me. Gavin was one proud brother as he watched the whole thing over our shoulders, and next year getting Gavin his own Journal entry will be goal number one. Good luck to everyone and hunt safe.
Brandon