It always does my heart good when I see young kids excited about deer hunting. We’ve all read the dismal statistics about hunter recruitment, and the worries about whether there’ll be a next generation to keep the whitetail tradition alive. What we hear less about are the youngsters who are not only the deer hunters of tomorrow, they’re the whitetailers of today.

Pictured below are two young men I hope to hear more from. Illinois hunter Drake Terwelp shot this fine buck in mid-October; the plump forkhorn was Drake’s first bow-kill! Drake and his father (who also took a nice Prairie State buck with his bow this month) are also dedicated hunters of Indian artifacts!


The next hunter is Wisconsin’s Logan Marum, who I’m lucky enough to consider a friend. Logan’s dad Ted is one of my best buddies, and Ted sent this photo of a dandy buck Logan shot during Wisconsin’s youth deer hunt. Logan made a 247-yard shot to anchor this great whitetail, a buck Ted knew well and had nicknamed “Sled Runner” because of his upturned beams. Congrats to both of these young whitetailers and the parents who encouraged their efforts!