There’s not a much better way to start out your whitetail hunting career than how Carter Rice did this year—with an impressive buck killed during the Missouri youth season. Most impressive about his first hunt? The six-year-old Carter handled the pressure like a champ, his dad Rusty said.
“I was completely amazed at how calmly and safely he handled the first shot he has ever taken at a deer. He put the deer in his scope and followed him,” Rusty said. “When the Buck stopped I asked him if he could see the buck in his scope and he replied, “Dad, I have the crosshairs right where I am supposed to shoot,” so I told him to shoot and he calmly squeezed the trigger and placed the shot right in the kill zone.”
The deer made it about 50 yards before piling over near a fence line, Rusty said. It was then that he realized the weight of the moment.
“I had more fun watching the excitement of my children enjoying hunting than any hunt that I could go on for myself,” he said.
- Knowing I couldn’t even come to my knees without breaking the little concealment we had, I decided to lie on my left side, using my left elbow for as solid a rest as could be achieved within the slight incline of the old fencerow. But when I shouldered the rifle, the sight of the crosshairs oriented at a 10-4 o’clock angle was definitely a different look from the normal 12-6 position we all practice from. Even so, I didn’t figure that would matter if I aimed at the right spot and squeezed off a clean shot. I settled the crosshairs where I needed to place the bullet and steadied the rifle. Whispering “fire in the hole” while floating the crosshairs on the spot, I gently squeezed the trigger until the recoil removed the buck from my view. Read the full story.