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October 8: Derek Glesinger

DEREK GLESINGER IS A MANY FACETED YOUNG MAN. ON A SATURDAY NIGHT HE WAS HAVING FUN AT HIS HOMECOMING DANCE. ON SUNDAY HE WAS OUT CHAING WHITETAILS WITH HIS DAD GREG DURING WISCONSIN’S YOUTH SEASON.

A major front had moved over the area and stalled out Friday and Saturday, dumping an unprecedented amount of rain on the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s youth season. Derek’s homecoming had been scheduled for the same weekend (maybe the school administrators aren’t hunters?) so he went to the dance Saturday night. The rain cleared out Sunday, allowing the Father and Son team to head out to Derek’s favorite blind in the afternoon.

Around four o’clock the guys were settled into the blind with Derek’s trusty Winchester 7mm-08 at the ready. Their view included a field of soy beans that had already turned brown, another bean field planted later that was still green, and a BioLogic Clover field.

Though the temperature was still in the 80s and the barometer relatively low, deer activity started soon. At 4:50 pm, three does and two young bucks stepped into the field to feed. At 5:40 pm a group of five does came out and milled around the beans also. Finally, at 6:05 pm, this deer, nicknamed “Can Opener” stepped out. Both Derek and Greg had passed on this buck in 2016. They had multiple Reconyx pictures of him, though mostly on other parts of the farm. They were surprised to see him there.

The buck fed on beans for some time without giving Derek a shot. Finally, after watching him for what seemed an eternity, at 111 yards he turned and Derek pulled the trigger, sending a Winchester Deer Season XP round clean into the deer’s vitals.

The buck shuddered and tore off but only managed a 40 yard sprint. Can Opener was down and Derek had taken advantage of yet another youth season. Killer dance moves at homecoming and killer ways in the field with whitetails, Derek is a young man that can do it all.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik.