This past fall, I went hunting with my dad in Alabama. It was my first hunt ever, and I was hunting with my grandfather's .243 Win. My grandpa recently lost his battle with cancer, but I think he helped me kill my first deer.
My dad and I left our house in Florida after I got home from school on November 23. We stayed overnight at my other grandparents' house in Jacksonville and then left the next morning for Alabama. We arrived there around noon on November 24 and went right to our hunting area to scout for deer. That afternoon, I saw my first deer of the hunting season. The doe stayed in the food plot for only a few seconds before she took off.
The next day we sighted in our guns and when we went to our blind that afternoon, I felt really good and so did my dad. But as the hunt went on, I began to get discouraged because we hadn't seen any deer, and I began to wonder if there were even any deer here. Just then, I saw a buck in the brush! I counted 4 points on his antlers, which were way above his head. The buck then quickly walked away, but out of nowhere we saw a doe walk out of the brush and she was followed by a spike buck and then the 4-point buck came back! I went from the doe to the spike to the 4-point buck with my gun, but when I moved my gun onto the 4-point, he got scared and ran away, and the spike went with him. The doe stared right at us for 5 minutes and my dad kept saying "don't move" over and over again. Unfortunately, the doe saw us and ran to the back of the food plot, but before she got all the way to the back of the plot, she stopped. I really think my grandpa in Heaven stopped that doe for me, so I silently thanked him.
When the doe stopped running, my dad asked me, "Is she in your scope?" I turned to him and said "Yes!" so he told me to shoot. I pulled the trigger of my gun and it went Ka-boom! I knew I hit the doe and a few minutes after I shot, my dad and I went to check for blood. My dad quickly found blood and said "You got her, buddy. You got her!" We called one of my dad's friends and he came and helped us track her and we found the doe about 15 minutes later. She had ran only a short distance into the woods. When we found that doe I was the happiest boy in the whole world!