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Ashley is my 15 year old granddaughter. She is the little girl “young lady” that “Coon Dog” and I tried to get on film several years ago. We put countless deer in front of her but she just couldn't pull the trigger. I finally told her that it was fine if she never shot anything, but I wanted her to hang around with us at the farm during hunting season. Several years went by and I didn't try hunting with her. I never got mad at her or made her feel bad because she wouldn't shoot the deer. I was hoping she would come around some day and “boy did she”. Zach told me a couple of years ago that he thought she was ready. That was the year she harvested a 25 lb gobbler that was on Longbeard Madness 16. That was followed by a muzzleload buck last fall, and another 25 lb gobbler this past spring. She also harvested an adult doe this fall with her PSE Chaos. She came close to killing a nice buck, but shot under him.

By the time rifle season rolled around this year she was pumped! We had several shooter bucks on the farm this year. During Youth Season she had an encounter with a big deer named “Lucky”. The buck came running in chasing a doe. When I took the lense cap off the camera I made some noise and “Lucky” heard me . He was facing and staring at us. I wouldn't let her take the shot with the TC .223. He trotted off. Among the other mature bucks we had seen was one we called the “Big Nine”. Opening morning of 2012 Missouri rifle season Ashley, Zach and myself were in the center field shooting house when it got light. It was really warm. The deer didn't move early. We had only seen a couple of anterless when a doe entered the field with the “Big Nine” right behind her. He stood at 150 yards checking out the field. It seemed like forever and they finally started moving closer to us . We had Ashley sitting at the east side of the shooting house, but had to move her to the south window. The “Big Nine” stopped broadside in front of us at 50 yards. Ashley and her TC .223 let the air out of him. He almost went down in the field, but managed to make it out of the field. We knew he was hit really good. We went to the edge of the field and could see he was down. This deer had a big rack and a “very big” body. It was all Zach and I could do to load him in the trunk. Ashley filmed this. It was pretty funny. Again to all you “adults” who take kids hunting, let them go at their own pace. Don't force them to shoot something. Be patient with them. Grandpa John is continuing to have a blast with these kids “young people”.


John