Skip to main content

Maryland Youth Hunt Buck, Jacob Rawlings

I took my 13-year-old son Jacob on the youth hunt, his third time deer hunting, where we live in Brandywine, Maryland the second week of November in 2011. As we were heading out to the stand, I attached a scent drag to his pant leg and when we reached the stand, I added more scent to the drag and hung it on a limb in front of the stand.

I did a rattling and calling sequence and after the second sequence, I spotted a big eight-point buck to my right. I tapped Jacob's shoulder and said "a deer is coming" (I didn't want to say "big buck" thinking it would freak him out.)

As the deer approached the hanging scent drag, Jacob got ready for the shot.

The big buck reached the best spot for Jacob to shoot, the deer looked right up at us. I thought the buck was about to bolt, but he hesitated and that's when Jacob took the shot. I knew Jacob hit him good, I could see where the deer went down.

This will go down as the most memorable hunt ever in my book. Seeing the excitement on his face and in his eyes afterwards is priceless and I didn't pull the trigger! -- Brian Rawlings

Congrats on a great buck Jacob!

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

North American Whitetail Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the North American Whitetail App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top North American Whitetail stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All North American Whitetail subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now