Deer hunting with Dad
It’s common for families in Murdoch’s country to build lasting traditions that are rooted in outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping, to name only a few.
We talked to one family whose 12-year-old daughter went on her first youth hunt last year. She recalled the experience fondly and wanted to write about it here on our blog. With permission from her parents, we are sharing it with you.
My dad and I went to the fish and game office and got my hunting permit so I could shoot a deer. Five days later we went to go hunting at my grandparents’ ranch. We first went target hunting. I cried because I thought it was going to be scary and make a loud sound. But it didn’t really.
Then my dad and I went to go scout out where we were going to hunt the next day, and we found a stand on my grandparents’ property. The next day it was the youth hunt.
We got up around 6:20 am and left at 7:15 am. We finally got all set up in our stand. I was trying to figure out how the scope worked, but it looked very blurry. Then, as I was trying to figure out how the scope worked, three bucks came, and one of them was really big. I wasn’t able to shoot it though, because I couldn’t figure out the scope. We saw some does, but I didn’t want to shoot it because I wanted a buck. Then, another buck came along, but it was running, so I didn’t have time to shoot it.
That night we stayed out for two hours, but we didn’t get anything because everything else was on the other side of the fence. (And that wasn’t our property so we couldn’t shoot.) We went out the next morning, but we only saw two does, and it wasn’t a good shot.
I never got a deer on my first hunting trip, which made me sad, but I loved spending the time with my dad. I can’t wait to go again next year.– A very happy first-time hunter in Bozeman, Montana
Wishing all the hunters (and their kids) a safe, memorable, and successful hunting season this fall.
Resources for parents:
- Montana Youth Hunting Info
- Colorado Youth Hunting Info
- Idaho Hunting Info
- Wyoming Hunting Planner
- Nebraska Youth Permits