While on that hunt near Abilene mentioned earlier, I got to see the excitement of a young hunter taking a fine deer. While hunting with his dad, Brandon Rutledge, Wells Rutledge (shown above with his father and his trophy)shot the second buck of his young life . On January 5 at 5:30 p.m., 7-year-old Wells steadied his 6mm rifle while seated in his dad's lap in a tower blind. The tall-tined buck was 115 yards away. Wells shot hit the buck in the heart. The deer jumped straight in the air, then went down a short distance away. When I joined them to help drag the buck to the truck, you could not wipe the smile off young Wells' face. This quiet boy was suddenly transformed into an excited chatterbox. His self-confidence went up like a shot of adrenaline. Gross score, the age of the deer, and that other nonsense we adults get too concerned about didn't matter--it was great to see what deer hunting should be about. A kid taking a buck puts things into perspective. I seriously doubt Wells' reaction would have been any different had it been a spike or a 200-inch Booner.