Like many of us Dick Sheflin grew up in the “if it’s brown it’s down” days, and that is not a bad thing. A new hunter needs to kill some bucks, regardless of rack size, early and get his hands dirty so he or she will experience the thrill of the hunt, be hungry for more and hooked for life.

In this article Dick said, “Over the last 10 years, my sons have been pushing me to let younger bucks go if I wanted a big one…I finally started listening to them.”

And that is part of a hunter’s maturation, too, because the longer you hunt and the more deer you shoot over the years, the more patience you come to have, hence you can let the little bucks walk.

For his patience, Dick was rewarded in a big way last fall when he saw and shot an 18-pointer in Livingston Co. that scored 195 5/8. What a giant, beautiful!

BTW, I am going to hunt and film for the first time in New York this November, up in the Adirondacks, looking forward to that.