Because I don’t want to waste your precious time, let me say right now this isn’t an “Oh my God, you’ve got to see this clip!” post. This is one of those times where the info is meant to be more instructional than sensational. That said, I think the video showcasing young bow-gal, Sydney, in South Dakota is definitely worth 4 minutes of your time. (If you’re in a rush, she draws the bow at the 2:40 mark.)
I spend half my archery season pursuing whitetails in SoDak, on the same type of terrain shown in this video. There’s miles and miles of Walk-In ground (private but open to public hunting) in SD, and while the makers of this video don’t get specific about where they’re hunting, the fact that Sydney is carrying a climbing stand into the field on the day of her hunt makes me think there’s a good chance it’s a Walk-In property. And to kill a deer—buck or doe—under these circumstances is super impressive, especially a first archery deer.
My favorite part of the video (3:28 mark) is when the cameraman asks Sydney, “Whatdaya gotta say about it?”, and the first thing (besides “I don’t know”) that comes to her mind is, “Praise Jesus!”
Oh, and I almost forgot, the instructional part I mentioned earlier? You can get away with hitting a deer farther back than intended (like Sydney’s shot), provided you hit a deer high and not low. Simply Google “whitetail anatomy” to browse illustrations showing a deer’s lungs in relation to its backline, bellyline, front leg position, etc.
Congrats to Sydney on her first deer!
Until next time …