Jordan Dressler may have taken the buck of her lifetime on her very first hunt. On the second weekend of the Iowa Youth season, Jordan and her Uncle Joe headed to new stand they dubbed “the power line stand” but had yet to hunt from it. Deer quickly surrounded the two hunters, and to their surprise a special visitor was about to make its appearance. The buck, which Joe and his family had gotten photos of on their property earlier this spring but had yet to see during the fall, was quickly coming in.
The buck then put on quite a show for the young hunter, whose uncle captured the hunt on video. After coming within twenty-five yards of their stand and offering no shot, the monster buck simply walked off into a cornfield. Jordan—unlike her uncle—remained calm, and moments later watched the buck walk back into a shooting window. Jordan quickly received the “OK” from her uncle to shoot.
Jordan’s buck will be immortalized on the wall of uncle Joe Krantz’s family business to remind them of the importance of land management and the value of youth hunts.
Uncle Joe’s hunting tip: Take time to mentor someone and share with them what you’ve learned hunting.
- 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.