When 10-year-old Christian Lancaster ended deer season by killing a huge buck, he was unaware of the significance of his kill.
On January 25, while enjoying a morning hunt on his family's property with his stepfather Sonny Pell in Pattison, east of Port Gibson, a massive buck ran out in Lancaster's sight in pursuit of a doe. Lancaster took careful aim and found his mark. The 10-point buck had a 17-inch spread, 23-1/4-inch on the other. The antler bases measured 5-1/4-inches and it weighed 210 pounds, with an estimated age of more than five years.
Lancaster said that he kept calm as he pointed his 7 millimeter-08 at the buck, while his stepfather's excitement got the best of him.
"I just saw the deer and I shot it in the shoulder. My step dad made a noise that made the deer stop. He was so excited when I shot the deer that I had to tell him to calm down," Lancaster said.
Lancaster has had a love for hunting since age four. To him, shooting deer isn't only thing that excites him about the sport.
"I enjoy blood-trailing the deer, skinning the deer and I like to walk through the woods whenever it's muddy, Lancaster said. "I like to help my step dad put out the feed for the deer. I also like helping him put up stands and bringing them back to the house. It's really fun."
Lancaster's mother Ashley Peel was impressed with the size of her son's trophy buck.
"The pictures of the deer don't do it any justice," Pell said. "When my father-in-law saw the pictures of it, he didn't think it was that big. But when he saw it in person, her thought it was huge."
Lancaster's hunting season was on the downside before he nabbed the burly buck, the only deer that he killed this season.
"I had a rough season. I shot 18 times and didn't kill anything before this," Lancaster said, hopeful of another big trophy. "I hope that I can kill one that's either the same size as this one or bigger."
My brother-in-law, Chris Ables, took this picture with his cell phone of a towboat making it's way under the bridges at Vicksburg, MS, a few days ago around 8:30 in the morning. You can barely see the top of the towboat as it makes it's way north. He periodically reads instruments on the banks of the Mississippi River measuring the ground movements. On this particular morning he was repairing and installing new instruments.
Saw this cute little guy who is the grandson of Bill "Toot" Foster. His name is Cash and he's showing off his very first shed that he found. It was posted on my friend's, Campfire Stories, Facebook page. Way to go Cash!
Connor Bottin harvested this 8-point buck while hunting with his father, Bobby Bottin, on Paw Paw Island in the 2012-2013 hunting season. He also got a 9-pointer in the same season. Connor was 12 years old when the bucks were taken.
Siblings Colby and Carlyle Smith had some happy hunting for Christmas. Colby, 13, killed this 6-point, 220-pound deer near Valley Park on December 23. He was hunting with his grandfather, Jerry Smith, and uncle Jason Smith and used a 7mm-08 to make the shot. His sister (below), 11-year-old Carlyle, shot a 10-point, 180 pound buck three days later while also hunting with their grandfather Jerry Smith and a 7mm-08.
Carlyle Smith with her 10-point buck!
My congrats to all our young hunters in our great wild outdoors! Way to go guys!