A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
A First Time Shooter!
A hunting story told by a proud Mother who's family loves to deer hunt!
My name is Kala Williamson. My husband, Craig, and I have a 6-year-old son, Josh, and a 4-year-old daughter, Kenley. Both of them take after their parents and love to go deer hunting.
This year is the first time we’ve let Josh take his own gun and be the “shooter.”
On his first hunt this year, on the opening evening of youth season, he was with his daddy in Warren County, Mississippi and they decided to shoot the “first thing that walks out.” Soon enough, two does walked out.
Craig helped Josh get his gun out of the window and line up the shot when Josh promptly told him that he wanted to do it himself. Josh shot the first doe. The second doe didn’t run. He swiftly got her in the sights and squeezed off on her, too.
Doubles his very first time hunting!
Josh was all smiles. His second hunt, he was with his daddy and little sister. Kenley was the “spotter” this time, and together they harvested a doe.
Now on to the bucks. One chilly afternoon, hunting again with his daddy and sister, they decided to “shoot the first thing that walks out,” which seems to be Josh’s motto. This time, an 8-point buck walked into the food plot. After giving a sinister little laugh when he found the buck in his scope, he squeezed off a round and his first buck went down.
On this last hunt, he was with his grandfather, Bendel White. Josh had fallen asleep once in the stand, and he was going to let Josh get a little nap before the deer started walking. After a while, Papaw Bendel spotted a buck down the lane and immediately started waking Josh. A good couple of shakes and a swig of Sprite had Josh awake and ready to spot the deer. The deer played hide and seek, going in and out of trees, but ultimately stepped out long enough for Josh to get a clear shot. He and his .243 Ackley laid out another big buck — a 16 1/2-inch, 8-pointer. This time, I don’t know who was more proud — him or his papaw!
We still have a lot of time left in hunting season, but if Josh doesn’t kill another deer this year, his first year was definitely memorable.
My congrats to Josh on his successful deer hunts with his Dad, Kenley and PaPaw in our great wild outdoors!