The Wisconsin Youth gun hunt went very well at the Van Riper Hunting Camp this year. My son Spencer was fortunate enough to connect on his first deer. My Brother Jim's son Griffin was also able to take his first deer. Two boys in camp for the first time with firearms can be pretty exciting for the little guys.
We started out the weekend by rearranging the cabin furniture a little bit in order to accommodate an uncommonly large crowd of characters. Our cabin can sleep 5 comfortably, however this past weekend we had eight bodies in the cabin. We had to move the recliners outside on the deck to be able to fit the cots and air matresses on the floor. We were just plain out of real estate. It was cozy and fun.
My brother and his son arrived at camp early in the evening the night prior to the hunt so they went out for a little scouting mission and saw some decent deer activity. The fever was on once the boys connected at camp later that night. We awoke to cold 30 degrees on Saturday morning as the Wisconsin Youth Gun Hunt kicked off. The deer activity was decidedly slow on Saturday morning, so my son and I and Scott put up a new tree stand in an area where no one had hunted in a long time. Right along a great trail. I can't wait to get back to camp and hunt the new set.
Saturday evening rolled in and we were sitting in the Shuttle blind overlooking the "Salad Bowl" food plot! almost immediately deer started to show up. First we watched a very large 4 pointer wander around the field and browse, then another small deer, which we had pegged as a nubby buck. Then the deer perked up and their attention turned to something that was coming down the path from the ridge top. It was a nice mature doe. So I offered to my son to take the 30-30 and pinpoint the spot on the mid section of this mama and give the trigger a squeeze. Bang!! the gun barked and the doe fell right in her tracks! Success! The celebration began instantly.
Now, you know your young son watches way too many hunting television shows, when right after the doe fell to her death, he turns and looks into the camera and says " G-G-G- Gimme a second folks ". I was falling over laughing! What a great experience.
Later that day I was amazed to see my 11 year old so eager to get his hands bloody while fully engaged in the gutting process. He wanted to cut through the diaphragm, He wanted to pull out the gut pile, He wanted to wash out the cavity. I was happy to see him want to be part of the whole occasion we all so dearly refer to as Deer Hunting. I think I have a new hunting buddy for life!
Remember to take your kids out hunting, you will enjoy the memories forever!