As I sit in my deer blind this brisk Nov. 18 morning and read a recent edition of the Timberjay, I thought I would share my son’s deer hunt from the previous weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 12, …
As I sit in my deer blind this brisk Nov. 18 morning and read a recent edition of the Timberjay, I thought I would share my son’s deer hunt from the previous weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 13-year-old Croy Colbert shot a fawn buck on our family hunting property ner Baudette. During the youth season and first weekend of rifle season, Croy passed up on multiple deer looking for a “shooter” buck with no shots fired. When the second weekend arrived it was time to throw some lead down range and try to get some venison in the freezer.
Hunting over a winter rye field in the afternoon of Nov. 12, Croy took his first shot of the season at a deer standing about 125 yards away and missed. According to Croy, dad made him rush the shot and after that the deer blind got pretty quiet for most of the rest of the evening.
With only a few minutes left of shooting light dad noticed something to his left. It was a deer within 50 yards that had snuck up from behind us. The adrenaline was back in the deer blind as Croy got positioned to shoot! Croy’s youth model .243 Savage barked and the deer ran into some light cover and went down! Unable to see any of the action little brother Canon kept asking, “did you get it, what was it?”
We all got out of the blind and Croy led us to find the blood trail. Once we found blood the excitement grew. After a short tracking job Croy said, “there it is!” Croy had made a perfect double lung shot. After pictures and recounts of the moment, Croy helped field dress the deer and was able to enjoy the rest of the night, proud of his harvest.
Deer hunting with my boys is probably my favorite time of the year and I hope a successful deer season, harvest or not, to everyone reading about this hunt we were fortunate to share with each other.
Editor’s Note: Kyle Colbert and his wife Joy own and operate Vermilion Houseboats.