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November 27, 2007

BuckTracker: A Boy's First Deer

By Scott Bestul

You can say that Joe got this deer in two places: the squirrel woods and the living room. Hunting bushytails taught him how to stay quiet and hidden, move slowly, and watch and listen for game. It also gave us an opportunity to look for deer sign and figure out where we should hunt on the youth day.

Additionally, in the months before the hunt, we’d take advantage of any spare moments to get him comfortable with the slug gun (New Jersey is a shotgun-only state). He’d work the action, sight on various objects, and dry-fire while kneeling, squatting, and standing. The gun was sighted in, but he really gained confidence in it by handling it at home on Sunday afternoons.

So when youth day came, he was ready. We got to our brush blind in the dark, and a few hours later, the buck came up a ridge along his scrape line. Joe shot it in the lungs when it paused about 40 yards away. After a short and efficient tracking job, the deer was his.

It was an emotional moment for me. You only get your first deer once, and I consider myself lucky and fortunate to have witnessed his experience. I slapped his back hard a few times when we came up on that buck lying in the early morning sunlight, because I really couldn’t say anything for a few moments. His smile in the photo tells you all you need to know about his reaction.

Incidentally, we were hunting public land--the southern section of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, land that was originally earmarked to be flooded by a giant Army Corps of Engineers dam project (and the plan has never been officially killed). I’ve been hunting this land since I was a kid, and it was gratifying to see my son get a buck from my old grounds.

BuckTracker Details
Date: Nov. 17
Location: Warren County, NJ
Points: 3
Weapon: Ithaca DeerSlayer II 12 gauge with Lightfield slugs
Distance: 40 yards
Method: Ground blind

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from Hunter wrote 5 years 41 weeks ago

that guy looks old he has to be at least 18teen how does he hunt in youth season

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

in nj if we dont have atot of deer than why are we shooting them!!!??

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from Cliff wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

This is something very special; especially in New Jersey. There are so many people here in New Jersey that think what you are doing is barbaric. I have no doubt that in a few years they will try to ban hunting deer just like they have banned bear hunting. There is nothing that would make me so proud as to see one of my daughters shoot a deer. Right now I hunt outside of New Jersey, not because there are not deer here; because of New Jersey State Law. Make sure public officials know how you feel about hunting. Many of my fellow hunters do not even know who their public officials are. Myspace.com/cliffy7595

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from Dave R. wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Congratulations, Joe. That's a great first buck. May it be the first of many.

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from Mike Toth wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words, Wanda. We certainly are proud--and we're very much looking forward to those venison steaks this winter.

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from chris wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

I saw plenty of junior deer hunters in Maine this year shoot some very nice deer. So I'm not quite sure what you are talking about Wanda

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from Wanda wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Its nice to hear such stories about father and son or father and daughter!! Congrats to your son for getting that buck!!He & you should be very proud for sure:-).I wished I saw more of this here in Maine.Way to go Joe!

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from True wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Passin' it on. This is what hunting is all about. Connecting with family through the shared experiece of living the way God intended.

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from Hunter wrote 5 years 41 weeks ago

that guy looks old he has to be at least 18teen how does he hunt in youth season

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from Visitor wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

in nj if we dont have atot of deer than why are we shooting them!!!??

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from Cliff wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

This is something very special; especially in New Jersey. There are so many people here in New Jersey that think what you are doing is barbaric. I have no doubt that in a few years they will try to ban hunting deer just like they have banned bear hunting. There is nothing that would make me so proud as to see one of my daughters shoot a deer. Right now I hunt outside of New Jersey, not because there are not deer here; because of New Jersey State Law. Make sure public officials know how you feel about hunting. Many of my fellow hunters do not even know who their public officials are. Myspace.com/cliffy7595

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from Dave R. wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Congratulations, Joe. That's a great first buck. May it be the first of many.

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from Mike Toth wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words, Wanda. We certainly are proud--and we're very much looking forward to those venison steaks this winter.

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from chris wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

I saw plenty of junior deer hunters in Maine this year shoot some very nice deer. So I'm not quite sure what you are talking about Wanda

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from Wanda wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Its nice to hear such stories about father and son or father and daughter!! Congrats to your son for getting that buck!!He & you should be very proud for sure:-).I wished I saw more of this here in Maine.Way to go Joe!

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from True wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Passin' it on. This is what hunting is all about. Connecting with family through the shared experiece of living the way God intended.

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